No one would blame Rick Pulliam for being bitter. After all, he lost so much.
He lost the ability to walk. His short-term memory. The love of his life.
And he lost it all in an instant.
But as it turns out, Rick is not your average patient. He doesn’t focus on what he’s lost. Rather, he focuses on what he continues to gain.
And he’s become an inspiration to others.
On January 21, 2017, Rick and his wife Shelley were riding a tandem bike near their home in Bellevue, Michigan. An activity they’d enjoyed throughout their 45-year marriage, Rick and Shelley were world travelers and bicyclists, well prepared for travel on the road; outfitted with helmets, rearview mirrors, and a pair of red flashing lights.
What they weren’t prepared for was the car that hit them from behind.
Shelley was killed instantly. Rick was left with multiple fractures, a traumatic brain injury, and an uncertain future.
But what he wasn’t left with was a negative outlook on the road ahead.