“It isn’t about what happens to you, it’s about how you react to it.”

A spinal cord injury left his legs and fingers paralyzed – but not his mind, heart and attitude.

Meet 24-year-old Joey Bierman: underdog, fighter, thriver.

“My life was right on track and everything was falling into place until about a year ago…”

When the storms of life flare up, how will you react?

Prepare to be moved and motivated as Joey connects relentlessness, gratitude and the power within all of us to overcome.

About the speaker

Senior at Wayne State College studying Marketing

“It isn’t about what happens to you, it’s about how you react to it.”    These wise words form the credo of spinal cord injury survivor Joey Bierman, whose accident upended his goals and dreams. However, Joey didn’t stop or give in to fear. Instead he rededicated his effort toward recovery and eventually returned to school at Nebraska’s Wayne State College. Now an intern with QLI’s marketing team, Joey is guiding QLI clients toward positive, purposeful life choices. His calm demeanor, experience, and outlook continue to be assets for the rehabilitation community.

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I told myself I can go either go down this dark road of despair and rely on others for everything or I could take the necessary steps to try to become as independent as possible. I chose not to be a victim of my circumstances. I chose to continue to fight. I may be an underdog, but I am definitely not a quitter. — Joey Bierman

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