When I Fell: How I Rerouted My Life and Found Strength in a Severed Spine
How I Rerouted My Life and Found Strength in a Severed Spine
1.6 seconds. That’s how long it takes to fall two stories. That’s how long it takes for life to change.
When Michael Murphy was 21, he fell off a roof at college and landed flat on his back, severing his spine. They say that nobody understands their own traumatic injury just after it happens—but Michael did. Every person falls. They fall short in school, in life, in work, and in love. Their lives sometimes feel punctuated by those downfalls—the rejection letters, the unrequited love, the missed promotions, the life altering traumas. Everyone falls. But then what?
When I Fell is a true tale of going from abled, to disabled, to empowered. It combines the story surrounding Michael’s recovery with the science of resiliency and thriving—what psychologists are now calling Posttraumatic Growth (PTG)—to teach readers how to hit home runs when life throws them curves. Befitting new mainstream acceptance for disabilities, When I Fell is as much a memoir as it is a message. It features the five principles established by Drs. Tedeschi and Calhoun—the pioneers who coined the phrase in the 1990’s—for scientific validation to bring PTG further into the public eye.
Michael Murphy is an 11-time marathoner with Top 5 finishes in New York and Boston. He is a Tough Mudder adaptive athlete finisher. He received his B.A. in History from Randolph-Macon College and his Masters in American Military History from George Mason University. He launched
Michael Murphy Speaks LLC in 2015 to speak about and write his story. Originally from McLean, Virginia, Michael resides in Denver, Colorado, with wife, Casey, German Shepherd, Gunner, and new baby, Dylan. He is now a sit-ski racer pursuing his Paralympic dream for Team USA.