Struggles In Life

By Ward Foley

The following are excerpts from the inspirational and funny book THANK MY LUCKY SCARS.

“My reaction to their opinions helped me see that I was maturing, and beginning truly to accept and like who I was. Others could no longer break the confidence I had in myself. I could love myself when somebody loved me, and I could love myself when others were angry or even hated me. I was no longer reacting with anger or frustration, but only sadness at other’s ignorance and their inability to understand and accept that we all are different. In other words, I was beginning to see the advantages of my struggles in life.”

“We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given life. And it’s up to you to make it good or bad.”

“My mother always told me that my condition didn’t affect my smiley muscles, don’t let them affect yours.”


Ward Foley was born with multiple birth defects and very little chance to live. But he did, only to undergo decades of surgery, agonizing rehabilitation, ridicule, and humiliation. He was also severely burned in a deep fryer, beat up, and almost killed by a drunk driver, but that’s not what his life is about. Official website: and Facebook Fan page : Scarman.

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