Dave Dravecky is a Co-Founder of Endurance with his wife, Jan, and an active ambassador for the ministry through speaking engagements and walking alongside those who suffer.
In his book, Worth of a Man, Dave shares honestly about his challenges, his faith and his discovery of a new identity outside of baseball.
Before my surgery, I looked forward to the amputation. My arm had become useless and was a source of great pain. I wanted to be rid of it. But I had no idea what the consequences would be.
After the amputation, I put on a brave face and “sucked it up.” I adjusted to my new “normal” life, but inside—even though I was not aware—I struggled with denial and anger, resulting in depression.
Everything familiar had been washed away, and I was face to face with what I had really lost.
So much of my identity and worth was wrapped up in that arm and what it had been capable of doing. It had brought me joy. It had brought me financial security. It had brought me the fulfillment of my boyhood dream.
My questions could not be held at bay: “Who am I? Why am I here? And now what am I supposed to do with my life?”
Over a period of 18 months of counseling, I began to understand my feelings and, for the first time in my life, learned how to express them—and that wasn’t easy for a jock like me.
I also found encouragement and motivation through the hope I have in Jesus Christ. Even as a follower of Jesus Christ, I sometimes wanted to crawl into a corner, paralyzed by fear. But I learned to trust that no tragedy or trauma could ever diminish my worth. My worth is not in what I did, but in who I am—a child of God…. Now, more than 20 years later, I’ve come to recognize that God has a special purpose for my life in offering His comfort, encouragement and hope to others—perhaps even to you or someone you know—on the journey of suffering.
He and Jan have co-authored many other books, and now travel around the country to speak for corporations, nonprofits, hospitals and churches.
In addition to speaking on a variety of inspiring topics like overcoming adversity and family relationships, Dave also speaks specifically about surviving cancer, living authentically and his career in baseball. For more information about booking Dave for a speaking appearance, please visit our Schedule / Events page.