Book by triple amputee veteran explores the upside of hardship

Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:23pm EST
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By Karin Matz

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bryan Anderson whizzed into a coffee shop on Chicago's North Side on a recent afternoon, maneuvering past chairs and patrons with confidence, speed and grace, catching every customers' eye.

The 30-year-old suburban Chicago resident is completely conspicuous, and he knows it.

Anderson is an Iraq veteran and a triple amputee. He lost both legs and his left arm when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq six years ago. But he has no patience for pity.

"Please don't feel bad for me," he says. "I have an extraordinary life."

Anderson is part actor, part athlete, part motivational speaker, and all-American hero.

He's had guest appearances on the television show "CSI: NY" and in the award-winning movie "The Wrestler." He graced the cover of Esquire magazine. He can snowboard, rock climb and even skateboard with his wheel chair.

"I treat the world as my jungle gym," said Anderson. "My biggest nemesis is a button down shirt."

Now, in time for Veterans Day, Anderson has added author to his list of accomplishments, releasing a book earlier this month called, "No Turning Back," co-authored by David Mack.   Continued...