Proving My Doctor Wrong with Each Swim, Bike, and Run
Brad Kelley

Despite my medical limitations, I’m an Ironman. In 2003, in just a matter of days I weakened to the point where I could not walk. After four days in the hospital, I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune disease.

It took months of rehabilitation before I returned to work as a tractor trailer driver for UPS in Dallas. During rehabilitation I asked my doctor if I could compete in an Ironman one day. He replied, “I don’t think that’s possible with the condition you have. I’ve never heard of a GBS patient doing a long endurance event such as an Ironman.” That was all I needed to hear – I was determined to prove him wrong.

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