“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”
Whitney M. Young, Jr.
Lawrence D. Elliott is an author and a contributor to the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, the Pulitzer Prize-winning HuffPost, and to BoltBeat, part of the Fansided network of sports and entertainment websites, which is part of Time, Inc. He’s also written his own books and his work has been showcased in several titles from Adams Media, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
But he nearly died before this ever happened.
At the age of thirteen, while in a special education class, he learned he had a hidden talent. He could write and he wanted to see his name in print.
Nights and weekends, the family heard him tapping on his manual Remington typewriter in the bedroom. He submitted his work and the rejection notices piled up like stacks of hay. But he never gave up. No matter what he did in life, he continued to write because he loved it.
He was homeless as a child. He’s lived in Germany for six years, both while serving in the US Air Force and as a civilian. He’s tasted the bitterness of racial injustice. He’s spent 18 years in the Southern California real estate business.
Yet, writing was his constant companion. His salvation.
Then, came a hospital stay that changed his life. He writhed in pain while doctors tried to figure out the cause. After four days, they discovered he had a pulmonary embolism, also known as PE.
As many as 100,000 Americans die of PE each year. For 25%, sudden death is the first symptom. As many as 30% will die within one month of getting a diagnosis.
Lawrence dodged a bullet
As he went through blood therapy, he knew what he had to do. Get published before time ran. His brush with death was the best medicine he could have received. Today, he’s a published author.
To see a list of Lawrence’s work, click here.
Lawrence is also a member of Toastmasters International.