Author Patrick Bisher shares how he became a Navy SEAL despite a crippling childhood condition and devastating accident.
- Only a small percentage of Navy recruits
make it to SEAL training.
Only a fraction of thosewho make it to training
are able to finish it.
Patrick Bisher is one of the few
deemed physically andmentally tough enough
to earn his Trident.
Not bad for a guy whom doctors said
would never be able to walk.
- [Narrator] Patrick Bisherwas born with a severe bone
disease and spent a portion ofhis childhood in leg braces.
When doctors said hewould never walk again,
Patrick proved them wrong.
That same determinationcarried him through
the grueling Navy SEALBUD/S Training in 2006
but a parachute accidentnearly crippled him
leaving Patrick's career in jeopardy.
In his book, No Surrender,
Patrick shares why he never gave up
even in his darkest hour
and offers life lessons to help those
fighting battles of their own.
- Well, Patrick Bisher is here with us now
and we welcome you to the 700 club.
- Thank you for having me.
- You were the kind ofkid, I'm not gonna lie,
as a mother, I'm reading that book going
holy cow you have to tie this guy down.
- You were into stuff fromthe time you were little
really, there was somethingin you that just made you
wanna do the daring and the dangerous.
- Yeah, yeah.
- [Terry] At what point,then, did you find out
that you have this issue withyour hips, with your bones
because you didn't know it for a while.
- Right, and I didn't haveit, I didn't develop it
until I was about nine years old
and then that's when my parents noticed
that I was limping alongand trying to be normal.
- And, I mean, even thenit was a while before
doctors figured out what to do about it.
I mean, that must havebeen very frustrating
to you as a nine year oldwho had this inner thing
that just wanted to jump offof tall buildings. (laughs)
- [Patrick] Right.
- [Terry] What was that like for you?
Because you had leg braces,
I mean, it changed everything in your life
as they started to treat you.- It did.
So, I just, I didn't know what I had
until the doctors toldme but I had so much pain
and it was so difficult to
try and do all the thingsthat I used to be able to do
and to be just told thatyou can't do them anymore.
- Yeah.- It's tough for a kid.
- Well, and it wasn't just notbeing able to do the things
you've always done.
I mean, the treatmentsjust seemed never ending.
It was like one thing on top of another
and then you'd get tothe end of a procedure
or a surgery and they'd saywell it didn't really go as well
as we thought it was going to.
I mean, how did you handle that as a kid,
and how did your parentshelp you move through that?
- [Patrick] I just tried to stay positive.
I really tried to focus on the shortest
goal possible that I could try to reach
and, if you let negativity into your mind
and into your heart, thenthat's all that will come out.
So, I was blessed to haveparents that told me that
I could do to thingsinstead of limiting me
and telling me that I shouldn't try.
- Well, the other aspect ofthat, of course, is your peers.
I mean, a lot was impactedby the braces that
you had to wear were heavy and encumbering
and going to school had to be
just as painful as the disease itself.
How did you handle howkids responded to you?
- It's tough, because kidsaren't politically correct.
- Heck no.(laughs)
- [Patrick] So kids, kids tell the truth
and often at times it hurts,
and so being made fun of
and being bullied as a kid
really hardened me and hardened my spirit
and so that helped me later on in life
but it helped me grow up really fast also.
And it just, it was
God building me
and working me
and trying to figure out, it was
- In you kind of.
- It was in me to go through this process
and God used that to helpme become who I am today.
- Did you have faith in your life as a kid
when you were going through all of this?
- I grew up in the church.
My dad was an elder at the church.
My parents were veryinvolved in the church
but I didn't have a deepand meaningful relationship
with God and didn't havea Christ centered life
because I was dealingwith all of my issues
and my pain physically.- Were you angry with God?
- I was angry with Godand I talk about that,
and I express that to people throughout.
- So how did you work with that?
I mean, here you are, you got these issues
that are recurring andthat are leaving you
having to contend with allthis as you're growing up
and I think anybody
at that stage of life going through that
would say "God where are you?"
How did you get to theplace where you just let God
do what he was doing in your life
and you decided tolearn something from it.
- Well, I had to hit rock bottom first.
I was so prideful in my accomplishments
and what I was doing that
I idolized myself,
I became my own idol,
I became the superman that I thought I was
and God had to humble me
in order for me to be saved.
And so- That happens to a lot of us.
- [Patrick] Well, I hit rock bottom
when I had that parachute accident
and I could no longer go
and be the person whoI thought I should be
and God really put it on my heart
and said "No. You are a warrior
but you're a spiritual warrior"
and he uses me now in thatworld instead of physical.
- I'm gonna ask you to back track a second
so people can get the picture of this.
You actually decide togo into the military,
and to become a SEAL.
I mean, that's that same qualityI see in your book in you
when you were a kid.
What made you think you could do that
after all you had beenthrough, because it's grueling.
- [Patrick] Just the peopletelling me that I couldn't.
They said that youcan't walk, so I walked.
They said that you can't run, so I ran.
They said that you can't playsports, so I played sports.
And then, what is the ultimate goal?
What is the biggest challenge?
And for me, I wanted toserve at some capacity
and I wanted to be a helpful person
and I wanted to serve in the military
because I thought I am a warrior
and I need to help othersthat can't help themselves
and defend this nation
and it drove me to see
what the biggest challenge was
and at that time, nobodyreally knew what SEAL's were
and then I found out thatit's a grueling program
and hardly anybody can make it through.
I said that's it.
That's my next challenge.
- (chuckles) Yeah that's for me.
Well then the SEAL's BUD/S training.
I mean, that is
even more grueling.
So you make it through that
and then you jump out of an airplane,
parachute out of an airplane,
he didn't just jump he parachuted (laughs)
out of the airplane.
But you had an accident that put an end
to everything that you had worked for.
I mean, first of all, you could have died.
But second, sometimesit's almost harder to live
and have to contend withthe aftermath of that.
How did you handle that?
- Well the injury was
something that I thought
I could overcome becauseI had already overcame
so many other obstacles
and that was finally the one
that limited me,
I could not even walk.- Even you.
My hip actually had locked up
and I had to push it with my arms
just for it to move
and that was very traumatic,
very hard to overcome.
- But you walked out here today
for this interview- Yes I did.
- And you've written abook called No Surrender
Faith, Family and Finding Your Way.
What do you want the take away
of those who read your book to be?
- I would like others to beable to read and then apply
the lessons that I learned through my time
and overcoming adversitythat it's not about me
trying to preach to people
or tell people how to live their life
but to see the lessons that I have learned
and to gain that wisdom
so that they don't have togo through that themselves.
- May it be so.
It's an amazing story.
You're an amazing guy- Thank you.
- Yeah, unbelievable.
You can get even more of PatrickBisher's story in his book.
It's called No Surrender: Faith,Family and Finding Your Way
It's available nationwidewhere books are sold.
Thank you for being with us.
- Thank you so much for having me.
- What an amazing story.