Author Tom Hulsey
In February 2015, on his 61st birthday Tom heard these dreaded words from his doctor, “You have cancer.” The diagnosis sent him into a tailspin. Having lost a friend to cancer the year before, he was ready to quit, to not even try to fight the disease. Why is that important? At that time, Tom had completed nine IRONMAN competitions. He is not a quitter, yet this bad news overwhelmed him.
February 2015, on his 61st birthday, Tom heard these dreaded words from his doctor, “You have cancer.” The diagnosis sent him into a tailspin. Having lost a friend to cancer the year before, he was ready to quit, to not even try to fight the disease. Why is that important? Tom had already completed nine IRONMAN competitions. He's also no quitter, however, this bad news devastated him.
What changed? Tom's friends and loved ones gave him reasons to live. The first step in his battle was to hold on to his winning mindset, to decide to live and inspire others no matter what their life challenges.
After his surgery, he went on to complete another two IRONMAN competitions, including the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He tells the story of seemingly race-stopping challenges and self-doubt during the competitions and how he pushed through.
The Winning Mindset that Saved My Life is a great story and an inspirational book. Tom applies the skills and attitudes required to compete in an IRONMAN to life’s struggles. He tells a great story of going from an athlete absorbed with training and competition, and almost arrogant about his health, to a man devoted to helping and inspiring others.
Themes in the book are principles you can apply to your everyday life include:
• Choose Your Mindset
• Be Intentional
• Overcome Your Fear
• Be Prepared
• Know Your Options
• Live Beyond Yourself
Tom has turned his life’s focus on advocacy and education. After completing his cancer recovery targets, including walking his daughter down the aisle and the IRONMAN, Tom dedicated his life to helping others facing life-threatening and life-altering obstacles. He serves on the Board at ZERO Cancer, Peer Reviewer & Mentor for the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and serves on the Board at the North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition. He served on the boards at Cancer University and Mary Crowley Cancer Research ("hope lives here") and prior to Covid, was a volunteer fitness instructor at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center.
In 2018, Tom was dealt another life-threatening obstacle; a heart attack. Again, he was challenged to embrace the principles of a winning mindset to overcome this curveball. It was not easy.
Tom’s efforts were recognized in 2019 as the recipient of the Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award at the New York University School of Professional Studies and the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport for his “dedication and contributions toward philanthropic efforts that resulted in significant, positive effects on the world of sports and beyond.”
Tom has completed 11 IRONMANs; 2 post-cancer. The IRONMAN is a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 marathon - all in one day.
Tom’s cancer journey from diagnosis to IRONMAN to no quit advocacy leader inspires and paints a pathway to survive and thrive past life’s most daunting challenges.
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