The Power of Positivity

There’s more than enough negativity in the world, and positivity often seems in short supply. If you could use a shot of hopeful energy to blast away the naysayers, we’ve got the perfect source. Today’s Grommet is a memoir by entrepreneur, athlete and cancer survivor Jothy Rosenberg. Jothy lost his right leg to cancer when he was 16. Three years later, cancer forced the removal of part of his lungs. Rather than being held back by those losses, Jothy pushed harder, challenging everyone who thought he’d never ski downhill, compete in open-water swims or go waterskiing. And did we mention he earned a PhD in computer science, authored three technical books, and founded seven high-tech startups along the way? In his memoir, Who Says I Can't, Jothy writes about overcoming life’s obstacles with courage and determination -- something he believes we all can do. “I think humans have it in them to deal with much more difficult, much tougher situations, than anyone really thinks before it happens,” he tells us. Once you start reading, it’s tough to put down the book (a portion of book sales goes to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute). Jothy is engaging, smart and inspiring. Don’t be surprised if his influence stays with you and you find yourself thinking, “Who says I can’t?” the next time you encounter one of life’s challenges. It’s the perfect mantra to chase away the negativity.

Who Says I Can't

The story of Jothy Rosenberg

The Power of Positivity

There’s more than enough negativity in the world, and positivity often seems in short supply. If you could use a shot of hopeful energy to blast away the naysayers, we’ve got the perfect source. Today’s Grommet is a memoir by entrepreneur, athlete and cancer survivor Jothy Rosenberg. Jothy lost his right leg to cancer when he was 16. Three years later, cancer forced the removal of part of his lungs. Rather than being held back by those losses, Jothy pushed harder, challenging everyone who thought he’d never ski downhill, compete in open-water swims or go waterskiing. And did we mention he earned a PhD in computer science, authored three technical books, and founded seven high-tech startups along the way? In his memoir, Who Says I Can't, Jothy writes about overcoming life’s obstacles with courage and determination -- something he believes we all can do. “I think humans have it in them to deal with much more difficult, much tougher situations, than anyone really thinks before it happens,” he tells us. Once you start reading, it’s tough to put down the book (a portion of book sales goes to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute). Jothy is engaging, smart and inspiring. Don’t be surprised if his influence stays with you and you find yourself thinking, “Who says I can’t?” the next time you encounter one of life’s challenges. It’s the perfect mantra to chase away the negativity.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jothy
    Jothy

    Hi folks, my name is Jothy Rosenberg. Yep, weird name that my mom made up but it’s pretty cool to have a 5-letter name that gets Google right to me. I am thrilled that the awesome team over at Daily Grommet agreed to feature my book Who Says I Can’t as today’s Grommet. The title of the book comes from people most of my life telling me what I can’t do. That’s because when they saw that I had no right leg from cancer when I was 16, they jumped to conclusions that were just so wrong you can’t imagine. At a pretty young age I had to deal with some very tough stuff. First the loss of a leg from bone cancer, then three years later it had spread to a lung and I had to have that removed and, to top it off, they told me at 19 I had zero chance of survival. Since I wrote this book and am writing to you now you already guessed that I am not dead. You are paying attention - that’s great. But it’s not just that I didn’t die. I found a way to live really well. It’s how I fought back and what I learned in doing so, which applies to every person dealing with any of the hard things that life might throw down in front of you, that I captured in this book. I think you will like it. It’s not deep or depressing. It’s actually funny and uplifting. I hope we get a chance to interact during my Grommet day to share stories and talk about this book, what I have been through, and what you or someone you know might been through.

  • J. Conrad Guest
    J. Conrad Guest
    12/30/2010 1:07 PM

    What more can be said about Jothy that hasn’t already been said?

    A two-time cancer survivor and amputee who proves that attitude is as important in battling cancer as any medical treatment. I met Jothy several years ago, just as he was thinking about writing his story, and can say he’s one of the most dynamic individuals I’ve ever met.

    In Who Says I Can’t? Jothy tells it all—the horror behind being told he had cancer, the treatments, and overcoming obstacles that he turned into mere bumps in the road. He reflects on the high of beating the big “C” only to be told a few years later that it came back, and he went through it all again during a time when cancer treatment was akin to killing a fly with a hand grenade.

    And now he shares his story, becoming an inspiration to others. It’s not always a pretty story, but stories about perseverance rarely are pretty.

    An important read—highly recommended.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 1:15 PM

    @J. Conrad Guest: Thanks for stopping by! When you see what someone with so many obstacles can accomplish it reminds me that often our biggest obstacle or biggest assist in life is our own attitude. I think this book is just what is needed to kickstart a fresh no holds barred attitude for the new year!

  • J. Conrad Guest
    J. Conrad Guest
    12/30/2010 4:53 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: You said it, Katherine. Those times in my life that have been most difficult were often my own doing.

  • Jothy
    Jothy – Special Guest
    12/30/2010 1:11 PM

    Thanks JC. For people reading, I would like to acknowledge that JC did a very careful editing of an early manuscript of the book. He is an excellent writer himself. His work really helped the quality of the book. Thanks for coming to Daily Grommet today!

  • J. Conrad Guest
    J. Conrad Guest
    12/30/2010 4:51 PM

    @Jothy Rosenberg: My please to help promote you, Jothy, and an pleasure to know you, too. Thanks for the plug, but this should be about you!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 1:21 PM

    I had a great time "interviewing" Jothy...and so much good stuff had to be left out of the video. It was really hard for Jesse to edit it, for that reason. In the cutting room floor footage, Jothy tells a hilarious story about his first date and the odd thing that happened to his prosthetic leg. (It's in the book too.) And I asked Jothy if he ever realized that most of his "thank yous" in the book's acknowlgments were to women. He did not! I loved that he navigates the world in such an open and gender/disability/race-"free" way.

  • Dave Polatty
    Dave Polatty
    12/30/2010 1:23 PM

    Jothy's story is incredibly inspirational -- hands down my favorite book of 2010, a must read if you are looking for something to motivate you heading into the New Year!!! I was extremely fortunate to meet him a few years back at Rhode Island's annual "Save the Bay" swim from Newport to Jamestown, and was blown away by his infectious positive attitude, boundless energy, passion for life, and of course... incredible swimming ability!

  • Steven J. Dalicandro
    Steven J. Dalicandro
    12/30/2010 1:28 PM

    Who Says I Can't is an awe inspiring story that is a must read for All! Thank You for sharing your story Jothy. You are an amazing human being with a truly remarkable nature that we can all learn something from. Keep up all the great work and best wishes to you and your family for a Wonderfully Magical 2011 and beyond!

    Cheers,

    Steven

  • Lynda Hall
    Lynda Hall
    12/30/2010 1:42 PM

    Jothy's book is inspirational and awe-inspiring. He faced many obstacles in his life, but has never understood the word "Can't". This book is a great read that you will not be able to put down....I guarantee it!!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who may be facing Cancer right now as it will instill hope and positivity in your fight against this terrible disease. Jothy proves that there is definitely a FULL life after beating Cancer!!!!!

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/30/2010 1:51 PM

    Hi Jothy and Daily Grommet...thank you both for bringing this inspiration to us!

    WOW, what a story and what a message is all I can say.

    DoLifeNow!

    VictorK

  • "Uncle" Arny Rosenberg
    "Uncle" Arny Rosenberg
    12/30/2010 1:54 PM

    This book is a MUST read. Jothy was my first doctoral student (at Duke) ... and he is even more impressive in person than any book could suggest. We all encounter obstacles in life, and it is both sobering and inspiring to read about the ones that Jothy confronted --- and overcame: a giant dose of perspective in one sitting. We should all learn also from Jothy's many charitable endeavors. He's quite a guy, and I am proud to remain his friend after three decades.

  • Kate
    Kate
    12/30/2010 2:17 PM

    I need a shot of inspiration right now. Thank you DG and Jothy! Jothy what do you have your sights on to accomplish next? What is your New Year's resolution?

  • Jothy
    Jothy – Special Guest
    12/30/2010 2:22 PM

    My New Year's resolution is to respond to all the incredible positive feedback about this book and when I speak about it that I want to both speak much more and create a TV series with the same theme. First, about the speaking. I am going out to all 262 colleges and universities in the 6 states of NE and asking them to have me come speak to their students. I am also speaking to younger kids locally in elementary schools about once a week. Second, the TV show. Same name as the book. I will host a series where each episode we profile 3 people who are: not famous, got knocked down by life in some way, and use sports of some sort to fight their way back. It will be positive and inspirational and a heck of a lot of fun. That's what I hope to do in 2011. (And keep up with the Pan-Mass Challenge and Alcatraz events and fund raising too of course.)

  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Elizabeth Taylor
    12/30/2010 2:23 PM

    Even though I have known Jothy and his family for over 20 years, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As has been said by many before me, this is an inspiring story with lessons in it for all of us. Buy it and give it to everyone you know!

  • Liz Looney
    Liz Looney
    12/30/2010 2:35 PM

    Who Says I Can't was a great help for me. I found out about the book a week after I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. I read it as I was recovering from surgery and having chemotherapy. It's easy to get down-in-the-dumps when you have cancer and chemotherapy. I knew I had to do whatever I could to keep my spirits up. Reading Jothy's story about how he not only recovered, but thrived and became an incredible athlete was a huge inspiration!

    Thanks Jothy!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 2:46 PM

    @Liz Looney: I hope that you are doing well. I'm glad to hear that Jothy's book helped you through this difficult time in your life.

  • Pano
    Pano
    12/30/2010 2:37 PM

    Jothy is an amazing individual who has not only a big will to "win" but a big heart. He encapsulates all that is good in the world. Its a great book.

  • B. Hayduk
    B. Hayduk
    12/30/2010 2:38 PM

    "Who Says I Can't" shares a life philosophy that is indeed inspirational. Everyone, at some time or other, faces challenges that at times, seem insurmountable. Jothy shows us that forging ahead, continuing to set new paths and new goals is what keeps us engaged in living. It really is the journey and not the destination. I have shared this book with family and friends, some of whom have been or are currently facing personal challenges of their own. All have been truly moved by Jothy's story.

  • Don Dodge
    Don Dodge
    12/30/2010 3:12 PM

    I have known Jothy professionally for 20 years. He is an amazing technical guru, author, and entrepreneur. Jothy excels at everything he does, including writing this book. The best testament to Jothy's outlook and philosophy is that I didn't even know he had cancer, or had lost a leg, until a few years ago. It never came up during business, and he never used it as an excuse to not do anything. I noticed that he sometimes limped a little but never gave it a second thought. That is the way Jothy approaches life. Full speed ahead.

    Read this book to get the shot of inspiration you need to do anything. Who says you can't?

  • Mike Conway
    Mike Conway
    12/30/2010 3:23 PM

    I have had the pleasure of being with Jothy at the Dick Vitale V Foundation cancer gala last year as well as having him speak before our leadership group....an amazing individual that leaves you asking what have I done lately....it is obvious that Jothy did not have a woes me party but took it upon himself to do all he could to defeat a terrible desease and be an inspiration to others in the process....I could not recommend a book more highly

  • Charles E. Leiserson
    Charles E. Leiserson
    12/30/2010 4:02 PM

    When I was a young child, my grandmother used to tell me that there was no such word as "can't". It took me a few years before I understood what she meant. Jothy's story made me realize just how little I actually understood even after I thought I understood. Truly inspiring!

  • Shel Danielson
    Shel Danielson
    12/30/2010 4:03 PM

    Jothy's book is a pleasure to read. It's inspiring without being cloying. I have successfully used it's many lessons in my work as a teacher and mentor for young people. Highly recommended.

  • Tim B
    Tim B
    12/30/2010 4:15 PM

    Jothy - your story is a humbling reminder to the rest of us who have been fortunate to remain healthy what life's real priorities are. All the best to you and your family for a fabulous 2011, and thanks for the inspiring message!

    Tim

  • Jackie Herskovitz
    Jackie Herskovitz
    12/30/2010 4:24 PM

    Jothy Rosenberg is an inspiration to everyone he meets, and especialy to the 5,000 cyclists he rides with in the Pan-Mass Challenge. From a cancer survivor to entrepreneur to athlete-for-charity, Jothy is an overall fabulous man who leads through his actions. I highly recommend "Who Says I Can't" to anyone who wants to read a great book and become a better person as a result.

  • frank p. sateriale
    frank p. sateriale
    12/30/2010 4:47 PM

    I happen to attend Jothy's book signing at Barnes and Noble. What a treat to visit with him and to hear his story.

    Prior thereto I read his book and I was most impressed. After that B&N visit I called Jothy and purchased six more books and asked if he would personally autograph them to each of my children and their spouses.

    I presented them to the kids for Christmas and with an explanation and introduction they were most excited about getting into it. One of my son'in'law's did read my copy and thought it was so great.

    I happen to follow Jothy and some of his physical accomplishments over the years and one would have to wonder where in heck does he muster the strength to do these things. He truly is a amazing person. Nice guy too.

    Each year I donate some money to his causes but just because of him and not so much the cause. If he can get out there and do what he does then I should be able to write a check.

    Right now I am nursing a compound broken ankle. When I match my situation with Jothy's it is easy to convince myself that I don't have a problem.

    Jothy, you truly are an inspiration. May you forever have your positive attitude and the ability to share it with others. You do make a difference in peoples lives.

    Enjoy,

    Frank

  • Stacy Kirkpatrick
    Stacy Kirkpatrick
    12/30/2010 4:54 PM

    This book is an amazing life story told well. Jothy's positive attitude and determination will motivate you to re-examine what you think you cannot do. I loved the book and have given it to several friends who were very grateful to have the opprotunity to read Jothy's story.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 5:04 PM

    I can't wait to get my copy! Jothy, it must feel unbelievable to see how much you've touched others' lives. Thanks everyone for stopping by to share you stories.

  • Jothy
    Jothy – Special Guest
    12/30/2010 5:12 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: it is unbelievable. I am so glad I wrote it. It took me 25 years to figure out how to write it so the messages came across. And a lot of people helped me get it polished for which I am grateful. Right now I am just humbled, grateful and really happy with all the very nice comments here today. Happy New Year all!

  • Tiffany Taylor
    Tiffany Taylor
    12/30/2010 5:07 PM

    I came across Jothy's book Who Says I Can't on my own search about Osteosarcoma. I am sooo glad I bought it!!It has literally CHANGED my life! I have been inspired beyond measure. I am a survivor as well and reading about his struggles and successes is truly amazing!It will leave you looking at your own life and asking " Who Says I Can't?!" I hope everyone goes out and buys this book. You will NOT be dissapointed!

  • fallon m
    fallon m
    12/30/2010 5:11 PM

    Great book with an inspirational message about drive and perseverance. Jothy's story will captivate and motivate you.

  • Terri Bartos
    Terri Bartos
    12/30/2010 5:13 PM

    Jothy's story is a true testament to what we all can do as humans, regardless of any challenges that are thrown in our path. I am proud to call him my friend. He inspires me every day and whenever I feel overwhelmed, I just remind myself that there is no such thing as "can't". Only "won't" can hold one back. His book is always close at hand in my house so that I can share his message with my other friends. If you haven't read his book yet, don't wait any longer! It's a must read.

  • James F Young
    James F Young
    12/30/2010 5:25 PM

    I have followed Jothy's travails since his childhood and read his book as soon as it was published. He is a real life inspiration to anyone. Instead of becoming withdrawn and sorry for himself he has flourished with his determination to accomplish all that he has both in sports and in his business career. He is an affable young man; a pleasure to be in his company.

  • Holly
    Holly
    12/30/2010 6:29 PM

    I've known Jothy for over 30 years. He is truly an inspiration, and his book is a great read. Jothy is one of the most positive and optimistic people I know.

  • Randy Fisher
    Randy Fisher
    12/30/2010 6:33 PM

    I’ve read Jothy’s book and shared it with my family. All of us found the content to be inspirational and motivating. I met Jothy when we were working for the same company and I am very happy to have him as a friend today. With all he has had to overcome and all he has accomplished, Jothy is still one of the down to earth good guys that will do anything to help others.

    Congratulations on a great book Jothy and for sharing your story that will benefit very many people.

  • Karla Friede
    Karla Friede
    12/30/2010 6:52 PM

    I've had the honor of working for Jothy when he was COO of GeoTrust and I was VP of Marketing. His will and determination are truly awe inspiring and quite contagious. I can't wait to read his book and share in the positive force once more.

  • Andrea C
    Andrea C
    12/30/2010 7:02 PM

    I work at the company that fits and fabricates Jothy's prosthesis. We meet and are surrounded by inspiring clients on a daily basis - No complaining about being sore after going to the gym when we have Jothy et al around!

    We purchased a gross or something like that of Jothy's book and hand them out to current and new amputees all the time. There's no one who can encourage a new amputee better than another amputee who's been through the experience and Jothy's story, whether put forth in his book or told in person, is invaluable.

    Congrats on everything you've done Jothy - The crew here at NSOP applauds you!

  • Barbara A Peters, M.D.
    Barbara A Peters, M.D.
    12/30/2010 7:15 PM

    I loved this book! Jothy, I first met you right after your lung operation and I did not in my wildest imaginings, think you would be here to write such a rich, deep and compelling life story so many years later. Your book is for all our family members and for all my colleagues in medicine who could use a reminder of your power and determination (and so much more that can only be described if you read the book) that you have shown and continue to show as you live your life to the fullest. I am proud to be related to you even if we are only second cousins. I hope even a small fraction of your incredibleness is in our shared genetics...HA! HA!

  • Theresa Ridgway Soracco
    Theresa Ridgway Soracco
    12/30/2010 8:10 PM

    You're an inspiration Jothy...Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Arthur Graham
    Arthur Graham
    12/30/2010 10:37 PM

    Hey Jothy

    Congrats on this wonderful Daily Grommet interview - i know we are still waiting for the "big break" - hopefully this will help in getting the book even more recognition. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with you over the years, your truly are an inspiration, and a lot of fun :) Happy New Year,

    Arthur Graham

    Next Step Prosthetics

  • Alli
    Alli
    12/30/2010 10:57 PM

    Jothy's book is the epitome of an inspirational memoir. His candid storytelling paired with his positive outlook on life make for an excellent read for those of all ages. I read this book at the perfect time in my life. I was experiencing a period of self-doubt and anger over my medical situation and was basically feeling sorry for myself. This book is not just for those affected by cancer, as I feared it might be when I first read the description. I personally related to Jothy's story as I have had 43 surgeries after a leg surgery five years ago. Even those not fighting a medical battle will gain inspiration and hope from this book. I guarantee that you will laugh and cry as you read Jothy's story. Jothy instilled in me a sense that I can achieve anything despite my injury. I now feel motivated to take on the world and turn this medical malady into a positive experience. After reading Jothy's book I felt compelled to e-mail him, thanking him for writing his book and asking for advice. He immediately reciprocated with a helping hand in my own endeavors, showing what a truly great man he is.

  • Andrew Sutherland
    Andrew Sutherland
    12/31/2010 12:27 AM

    Hi Jothy. Thanks for writing the book, it has inspired me and helped to keep my perspective when life gets difficult. When I think back on my teenage years I can't imagine how I would have coped with what you went through. I'm so glad you made it. The world is a much better place with all the positive things you do to help people. I really appreciate your resolve and optimism in the face of adversity.

  • Carole Noveck
    Carole Noveck
    12/31/2010 1:00 PM

    Jothy-I feel fortunate to be acquainted with both you and your remarkable wife, Carole. You are both so courageous and dedicated,whether it be your health and well-being, or to the many professional and charitable causes you support. You don't just send money but put your bodies and hearts out there. I plan to share this book with my students, with special needs, to inspire them to keep pushing. Best wishes for your continued good health and the energy to demonstrate how strength and positive attitude can alter the future. Happy New Year. Carole

  • David Fama
    David Fama
    12/31/2010 1:07 PM

    Jothy-

    I really enjoyed your presentation but I enjoyed the book even more. You describe yourself as an "everyman" but I have to disagree with you as you are anything but! We all have issues and shortcomings and hurdles to overcome. Some are obvious to others and some are not. Your book makes it easy to recognize the fact that if you can overcome the challenges that you faced, then so can't the rest of us "two leggers!" Reading your story was not only inspiring but entertaining as well-a feat not easily achieved. You, your story, and your book provided me with much needed perspective which is in short supply in this fast paced world. Thank you.

  • Jim Fitzgerald
    Jim Fitzgerald
    12/31/2010 2:49 PM

    This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome a life-threatening illness early in life and used it as a launching point for a rich and positive life. I highly recommend this book for anyone. All people encounter challenges and this book can help anyone to use those experiences to craft a life full of deep relationships and positive accomplishments. Jothy can show you the way - he's been there.

  • Joy Amulya
    Joy Amulya
    1/2/2011 2:24 PM

    I can testify to Jothy's "every man"/extraordinary human status. I met Jothy doing open ocean swimming in Massachusetts and did not know until we suited up in our wetsuits that he was minus one leg. I found out he was minus one lung after that first swim. We proceeded to be open water swimming partners at Walden Pond, somehow perfectly matched given all our differences. That's a lesson -- compatibility looks different every time. There was never any big "wow" about swimming with Jothy - it was a blast, and I found him smart, funny, calmly committed and can-do. He never had the self-absorption that so many committed triathletes do, yet he showed up for his workouts as consistently as anyone. I had plenty of time with my face in the water, trying to keep up with him, to think about being minus one lung and one leg. I think the thing that was always most inspirational to me, and a lesson I took back to my life, was how Jothy dealt with the early stages of losing a significant amount of his gifted physical prowess as a young man. It's hard to describe, so I'm thrilled he has written this book to give it more space and description. The lesson for me is that we only have the choice to live the life we want for ourselves, or not. There is really no other choice. Jothy's book and life is an eloquent testimony to the courage it takes to define and live the kind of life we truly want, given our limitations, whatever they are.

  • Clif Banner
    Clif Banner
    1/5/2011 6:25 PM

    Jothy, if this country had just 10 more people like you--people with a positive view on life in these great United States--we would see the impact of only that very small number. Imagine if we could get your point of view heard by millions! I hope that is just about to happen as Who Says I Can't begins to pick up more interest across this land. I've had the pleasure of working with you and, of course, being instpired by you, Jothy, and after I and my wife read your story, we passed it along to some of our friends and relatives who believe it is easier to gripe and complain than getting up and succeeding through one's own dedication and hard work. Good luck with the book, and I know you'll continue to achieve new goals and make others ask "Why can't I?" Clif Banner, Nashua NH

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Who Says I Can't

The story of Jothy Rosenberg

The Power of Positivity

There’s more than enough negativity in the world, and positivity often seems in short supply. If you could use a shot of hopeful energy to blast away the naysayers, we’ve got the perfect source. Today’s Grommet is a memoir by entrepreneur, athlete and cancer survivor Jothy Rosenberg.

Jothy lost his right leg to cancer when he was 16. Three years later, cancer forced the removal of part of his lungs. Rather than being held back by those losses, Jothy pushed harder, challenging everyone who thought he’d never ski
downhill, compete in open-water swims or go waterskiing. And did we mention he earned a PhD in computer science, authored three technical books, and founded seven high-tech startups along the way?

In his memoir, Who Says I Can't, Jothy writes about overcoming life’s obstacles with courage and determination -- something he believes we all can do. “I think humans have it in them to deal with much more difficult, much tougher situations, than anyone really thinks before it happens,” he tells us.

Once you start reading, it’s tough to put down the book (a portion of book sales goes to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute). Jothy is engaging, smart and inspiring. Don’t be surprised if his influence stays with you and you find yourself thinking, “Who says I can’t?” the next time you encounter one of life’s challenges. It’s the perfect mantra to chase away the negativity.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jothy
    Jothy

    Hi folks, my name is Jothy Rosenberg. Yep, weird name that my mom made up but it’s pretty cool to have a 5-letter name that gets Google right to me. I am thrilled that the awesome team over at Daily Grommet agreed to feature my book Who Says I Can’t as today’s Grommet. The title of the book comes from people most of my life telling me what I can’t do. That’s because when they saw that I had no right leg from cancer when I was 16, they jumped to conclusions that were just so wrong you can’t imagine. At a pretty young age I had to deal with some very tough stuff. First the loss of a leg from bone cancer, then three years later it had spread to a lung and I had to have that removed and, to top it off, they told me at 19 I had zero chance of survival. Since I wrote this book and am writing to you now you already guessed that I am not dead. You are paying attention - that’s great. But it’s not just that I didn’t die. I found a way to live really well. It’s how I fought back and what I learned in doing so, which applies to every person dealing with any of the hard things that life might throw down in front of you, that I captured in this book. I think you will like it. It’s not deep or depressing. It’s actually funny and uplifting. I hope we get a chance to interact during my Grommet day to share stories and talk about this book, what I have been through, and what you or someone you know might been through.

  • J. Conrad Guest
    J. Conrad Guest
    12/30/2010 1:07 PM

    What more can be said about Jothy that hasn’t already been said?

    A two-time cancer survivor and amputee who proves that attitude is as important in battling cancer as any medical treatment. I met Jothy several years ago, just as he was thinking about writing his story, and can say he’s one of the most dynamic individuals I’ve ever met.

    In Who Says I Can’t? Jothy tells it all—the horror behind being told he had cancer, the treatments, and overcoming obstacles that he turned into mere bumps in the road. He reflects on the high of beating the big “C” only to be told a few years later that it came back, and he went through it all again during a time when cancer treatment was akin to killing a fly with a hand grenade.

    And now he shares his story, becoming an inspiration to others. It’s not always a pretty story, but stories about perseverance rarely are pretty.

    An important read—highly recommended.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 1:15 PM

    @J. Conrad Guest: Thanks for stopping by! When you see what someone with so many obstacles can accomplish it reminds me that often our biggest obstacle or biggest assist in life is our own attitude. I think this book is just what is needed to kickstart a fresh no holds barred attitude for the new year!

  • J. Conrad Guest
    J. Conrad Guest
    12/30/2010 4:53 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: You said it, Katherine. Those times in my life that have been most difficult were often my own doing.

  • Jothy
    Jothy – Special Guest
    12/30/2010 1:11 PM

    Thanks JC. For people reading, I would like to acknowledge that JC did a very careful editing of an early manuscript of the book. He is an excellent writer himself. His work really helped the quality of the book. Thanks for coming to Daily Grommet today!

  • J. Conrad Guest
    J. Conrad Guest
    12/30/2010 4:51 PM

    @Jothy Rosenberg: My please to help promote you, Jothy, and an pleasure to know you, too. Thanks for the plug, but this should be about you!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 1:21 PM

    I had a great time "interviewing" Jothy...and so much good stuff had to be left out of the video. It was really hard for Jesse to edit it, for that reason. In the cutting room floor footage, Jothy tells a hilarious story about his first date and the odd thing that happened to his prosthetic leg. (It's in the book too.) And I asked Jothy if he ever realized that most of his "thank yous" in the book's acknowlgments were to women. He did not! I loved that he navigates the world in such an open and gender/disability/race-"free" way.

  • Dave Polatty
    Dave Polatty
    12/30/2010 1:23 PM

    Jothy's story is incredibly inspirational -- hands down my favorite book of 2010, a must read if you are looking for something to motivate you heading into the New Year!!! I was extremely fortunate to meet him a few years back at Rhode Island's annual "Save the Bay" swim from Newport to Jamestown, and was blown away by his infectious positive attitude, boundless energy, passion for life, and of course... incredible swimming ability!

  • Steven J. Dalicandro
    Steven J. Dalicandro
    12/30/2010 1:28 PM

    Who Says I Can't is an awe inspiring story that is a must read for All! Thank You for sharing your story Jothy. You are an amazing human being with a truly remarkable nature that we can all learn something from. Keep up all the great work and best wishes to you and your family for a Wonderfully Magical 2011 and beyond!

    Cheers,

    Steven

  • Lynda Hall
    Lynda Hall
    12/30/2010 1:42 PM

    Jothy's book is inspirational and awe-inspiring. He faced many obstacles in his life, but has never understood the word "Can't". This book is a great read that you will not be able to put down....I guarantee it!!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who may be facing Cancer right now as it will instill hope and positivity in your fight against this terrible disease. Jothy proves that there is definitely a FULL life after beating Cancer!!!!!

  • VIctor K
    VIctor K
    12/30/2010 1:51 PM

    Hi Jothy and Daily Grommet...thank you both for bringing this inspiration to us!

    WOW, what a story and what a message is all I can say.

    DoLifeNow!

    VictorK

  • "Uncle" Arny Rosenberg
    "Uncle" Arny Rosenberg
    12/30/2010 1:54 PM

    This book is a MUST read. Jothy was my first doctoral student (at Duke) ... and he is even more impressive in person than any book could suggest. We all encounter obstacles in life, and it is both sobering and inspiring to read about the ones that Jothy confronted --- and overcame: a giant dose of perspective in one sitting. We should all learn also from Jothy's many charitable endeavors. He's quite a guy, and I am proud to remain his friend after three decades.

  • Kate
    Kate
    12/30/2010 2:17 PM

    I need a shot of inspiration right now. Thank you DG and Jothy! Jothy what do you have your sights on to accomplish next? What is your New Year's resolution?

  • Jothy
    Jothy – Special Guest
    12/30/2010 2:22 PM

    My New Year's resolution is to respond to all the incredible positive feedback about this book and when I speak about it that I want to both speak much more and create a TV series with the same theme. First, about the speaking. I am going out to all 262 colleges and universities in the 6 states of NE and asking them to have me come speak to their students. I am also speaking to younger kids locally in elementary schools about once a week. Second, the TV show. Same name as the book. I will host a series where each episode we profile 3 people who are: not famous, got knocked down by life in some way, and use sports of some sort to fight their way back. It will be positive and inspirational and a heck of a lot of fun. That's what I hope to do in 2011. (And keep up with the Pan-Mass Challenge and Alcatraz events and fund raising too of course.)

  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Elizabeth Taylor
    12/30/2010 2:23 PM

    Even though I have known Jothy and his family for over 20 years, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As has been said by many before me, this is an inspiring story with lessons in it for all of us. Buy it and give it to everyone you know!

  • Liz Looney
    Liz Looney
    12/30/2010 2:35 PM

    Who Says I Can't was a great help for me. I found out about the book a week after I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. I read it as I was recovering from surgery and having chemotherapy. It's easy to get down-in-the-dumps when you have cancer and chemotherapy. I knew I had to do whatever I could to keep my spirits up. Reading Jothy's story about how he not only recovered, but thrived and became an incredible athlete was a huge inspiration!

    Thanks Jothy!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 2:46 PM

    @Liz Looney: I hope that you are doing well. I'm glad to hear that Jothy's book helped you through this difficult time in your life.

  • Pano
    Pano
    12/30/2010 2:37 PM

    Jothy is an amazing individual who has not only a big will to "win" but a big heart. He encapsulates all that is good in the world. Its a great book.

  • B. Hayduk
    B. Hayduk
    12/30/2010 2:38 PM

    "Who Says I Can't" shares a life philosophy that is indeed inspirational. Everyone, at some time or other, faces challenges that at times, seem insurmountable. Jothy shows us that forging ahead, continuing to set new paths and new goals is what keeps us engaged in living. It really is the journey and not the destination. I have shared this book with family and friends, some of whom have been or are currently facing personal challenges of their own. All have been truly moved by Jothy's story.

  • Don Dodge
    Don Dodge
    12/30/2010 3:12 PM

    I have known Jothy professionally for 20 years. He is an amazing technical guru, author, and entrepreneur. Jothy excels at everything he does, including writing this book. The best testament to Jothy's outlook and philosophy is that I didn't even know he had cancer, or had lost a leg, until a few years ago. It never came up during business, and he never used it as an excuse to not do anything. I noticed that he sometimes limped a little but never gave it a second thought. That is the way Jothy approaches life. Full speed ahead.

    Read this book to get the shot of inspiration you need to do anything. Who says you can't?

  • Mike Conway
    Mike Conway
    12/30/2010 3:23 PM

    I have had the pleasure of being with Jothy at the Dick Vitale V Foundation cancer gala last year as well as having him speak before our leadership group....an amazing individual that leaves you asking what have I done lately....it is obvious that Jothy did not have a woes me party but took it upon himself to do all he could to defeat a terrible desease and be an inspiration to others in the process....I could not recommend a book more highly

  • Charles E. Leiserson
    Charles E. Leiserson
    12/30/2010 4:02 PM

    When I was a young child, my grandmother used to tell me that there was no such word as "can't". It took me a few years before I understood what she meant. Jothy's story made me realize just how little I actually understood even after I thought I understood. Truly inspiring!

  • Shel Danielson
    Shel Danielson
    12/30/2010 4:03 PM

    Jothy's book is a pleasure to read. It's inspiring without being cloying. I have successfully used it's many lessons in my work as a teacher and mentor for young people. Highly recommended.

  • Tim B
    Tim B
    12/30/2010 4:15 PM

    Jothy - your story is a humbling reminder to the rest of us who have been fortunate to remain healthy what life's real priorities are. All the best to you and your family for a fabulous 2011, and thanks for the inspiring message!

    Tim

  • Jackie Herskovitz
    Jackie Herskovitz
    12/30/2010 4:24 PM

    Jothy Rosenberg is an inspiration to everyone he meets, and especialy to the 5,000 cyclists he rides with in the Pan-Mass Challenge. From a cancer survivor to entrepreneur to athlete-for-charity, Jothy is an overall fabulous man who leads through his actions. I highly recommend "Who Says I Can't" to anyone who wants to read a great book and become a better person as a result.

  • frank p. sateriale
    frank p. sateriale
    12/30/2010 4:47 PM

    I happen to attend Jothy's book signing at Barnes and Noble. What a treat to visit with him and to hear his story.

    Prior thereto I read his book and I was most impressed. After that B&N visit I called Jothy and purchased six more books and asked if he would personally autograph them to each of my children and their spouses.

    I presented them to the kids for Christmas and with an explanation and introduction they were most excited about getting into it. One of my son'in'law's did read my copy and thought it was so great.

    I happen to follow Jothy and some of his physical accomplishments over the years and one would have to wonder where in heck does he muster the strength to do these things. He truly is a amazing person. Nice guy too.

    Each year I donate some money to his causes but just because of him and not so much the cause. If he can get out there and do what he does then I should be able to write a check.

    Right now I am nursing a compound broken ankle. When I match my situation with Jothy's it is easy to convince myself that I don't have a problem.

    Jothy, you truly are an inspiration. May you forever have your positive attitude and the ability to share it with others. You do make a difference in peoples lives.

    Enjoy,

    Frank

  • Stacy Kirkpatrick
    Stacy Kirkpatrick
    12/30/2010 4:54 PM

    This book is an amazing life story told well. Jothy's positive attitude and determination will motivate you to re-examine what you think you cannot do. I loved the book and have given it to several friends who were very grateful to have the opprotunity to read Jothy's story.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2010 5:04 PM

    I can't wait to get my copy! Jothy, it must feel unbelievable to see how much you've touched others' lives. Thanks everyone for stopping by to share you stories.

  • Jothy
    Jothy – Special Guest
    12/30/2010 5:12 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: it is unbelievable. I am so glad I wrote it. It took me 25 years to figure out how to write it so the messages came across. And a lot of people helped me get it polished for which I am grateful. Right now I am just humbled, grateful and really happy with all the very nice comments here today. Happy New Year all!

  • Tiffany Taylor
    Tiffany Taylor
    12/30/2010 5:07 PM

    I came across Jothy's book Who Says I Can't on my own search about Osteosarcoma. I am sooo glad I bought it!!It has literally CHANGED my life! I have been inspired beyond measure. I am a survivor as well and reading about his struggles and successes is truly amazing!It will leave you looking at your own life and asking " Who Says I Can't?!" I hope everyone goes out and buys this book. You will NOT be dissapointed!

  • fallon m
    fallon m
    12/30/2010 5:11 PM

    Great book with an inspirational message about drive and perseverance. Jothy's story will captivate and motivate you.

  • Terri Bartos
    Terri Bartos
    12/30/2010 5:13 PM

    Jothy's story is a true testament to what we all can do as humans, regardless of any challenges that are thrown in our path. I am proud to call him my friend. He inspires me every day and whenever I feel overwhelmed, I just remind myself that there is no such thing as "can't". Only "won't" can hold one back. His book is always close at hand in my house so that I can share his message with my other friends. If you haven't read his book yet, don't wait any longer! It's a must read.

  • James F Young
    James F Young
    12/30/2010 5:25 PM

    I have followed Jothy's travails since his childhood and read his book as soon as it was published. He is a real life inspiration to anyone. Instead of becoming withdrawn and sorry for himself he has flourished with his determination to accomplish all that he has both in sports and in his business career. He is an affable young man; a pleasure to be in his company.

  • Holly
    Holly
    12/30/2010 6:29 PM

    I've known Jothy for over 30 years. He is truly an inspiration, and his book is a great read. Jothy is one of the most positive and optimistic people I know.

  • Randy Fisher
    Randy Fisher
    12/30/2010 6:33 PM

    I’ve read Jothy’s book and shared it with my family. All of us found the content to be inspirational and motivating. I met Jothy when we were working for the same company and I am very happy to have him as a friend today. With all he has had to overcome and all he has accomplished, Jothy is still one of the down to earth good guys that will do anything to help others.

    Congratulations on a great book Jothy and for sharing your story that will benefit very many people.

  • Karla Friede
    Karla Friede
    12/30/2010 6:52 PM

    I've had the honor of working for Jothy when he was COO of GeoTrust and I was VP of Marketing. His will and determination are truly awe inspiring and quite contagious. I can't wait to read his book and share in the positive force once more.

  • Andrea C
    Andrea C
    12/30/2010 7:02 PM

    I work at the company that fits and fabricates Jothy's prosthesis. We meet and are surrounded by inspiring clients on a daily basis - No complaining about being sore after going to the gym when we have Jothy et al around!

    We purchased a gross or something like that of Jothy's book and hand them out to current and new amputees all the time. There's no one who can encourage a new amputee better than another amputee who's been through the experience and Jothy's story, whether put forth in his book or told in person, is invaluable.

    Congrats on everything you've done Jothy - The crew here at NSOP applauds you!

  • Barbara A Peters, M.D.
    Barbara A Peters, M.D.
    12/30/2010 7:15 PM

    I loved this book! Jothy, I first met you right after your lung operation and I did not in my wildest imaginings, think you would be here to write such a rich, deep and compelling life story so many years later. Your book is for all our family members and for all my colleagues in medicine who could use a reminder of your power and determination (and so much more that can only be described if you read the book) that you have shown and continue to show as you live your life to the fullest. I am proud to be related to you even if we are only second cousins. I hope even a small fraction of your incredibleness is in our shared genetics...HA! HA!

  • Theresa Ridgway Soracco
    Theresa Ridgway Soracco
    12/30/2010 8:10 PM

    You're an inspiration Jothy...Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Arthur Graham
    Arthur Graham
    12/30/2010 10:37 PM

    Hey Jothy

    Congrats on this wonderful Daily Grommet interview - i know we are still waiting for the "big break" - hopefully this will help in getting the book even more recognition. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with you over the years, your truly are an inspiration, and a lot of fun :) Happy New Year,

    Arthur Graham

    Next Step Prosthetics

  • Alli
    Alli
    12/30/2010 10:57 PM

    Jothy's book is the epitome of an inspirational memoir. His candid storytelling paired with his positive outlook on life make for an excellent read for those of all ages. I read this book at the perfect time in my life. I was experiencing a period of self-doubt and anger over my medical situation and was basically feeling sorry for myself. This book is not just for those affected by cancer, as I feared it might be when I first read the description. I personally related to Jothy's story as I have had 43 surgeries after a leg surgery five years ago. Even those not fighting a medical battle will gain inspiration and hope from this book. I guarantee that you will laugh and cry as you read Jothy's story. Jothy instilled in me a sense that I can achieve anything despite my injury. I now feel motivated to take on the world and turn this medical malady into a positive experience. After reading Jothy's book I felt compelled to e-mail him, thanking him for writing his book and asking for advice. He immediately reciprocated with a helping hand in my own endeavors, showing what a truly great man he is.

  • Andrew Sutherland
    Andrew Sutherland
    12/31/2010 12:27 AM

    Hi Jothy. Thanks for writing the book, it has inspired me and helped to keep my perspective when life gets difficult. When I think back on my teenage years I can't imagine how I would have coped with what you went through. I'm so glad you made it. The world is a much better place with all the positive things you do to help people. I really appreciate your resolve and optimism in the face of adversity.

  • Carole Noveck
    Carole Noveck
    12/31/2010 1:00 PM

    Jothy-I feel fortunate to be acquainted with both you and your remarkable wife, Carole. You are both so courageous and dedicated,whether it be your health and well-being, or to the many professional and charitable causes you support. You don't just send money but put your bodies and hearts out there. I plan to share this book with my students, with special needs, to inspire them to keep pushing. Best wishes for your continued good health and the energy to demonstrate how strength and positive attitude can alter the future. Happy New Year. Carole

  • David Fama
    David Fama
    12/31/2010 1:07 PM

    Jothy-

    I really enjoyed your presentation but I enjoyed the book even more. You describe yourself as an "everyman" but I have to disagree with you as you are anything but! We all have issues and shortcomings and hurdles to overcome. Some are obvious to others and some are not. Your book makes it easy to recognize the fact that if you can overcome the challenges that you faced, then so can't the rest of us "two leggers!" Reading your story was not only inspiring but entertaining as well-a feat not easily achieved. You, your story, and your book provided me with much needed perspective which is in short supply in this fast paced world. Thank you.

  • Jim Fitzgerald
    Jim Fitzgerald
    12/31/2010 2:49 PM

    This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome a life-threatening illness early in life and used it as a launching point for a rich and positive life. I highly recommend this book for anyone. All people encounter challenges and this book can help anyone to use those experiences to craft a life full of deep relationships and positive accomplishments. Jothy can show you the way - he's been there.

  • Joy Amulya
    Joy Amulya
    1/2/2011 2:24 PM

    I can testify to Jothy's "every man"/extraordinary human status. I met Jothy doing open ocean swimming in Massachusetts and did not know until we suited up in our wetsuits that he was minus one leg. I found out he was minus one lung after that first swim. We proceeded to be open water swimming partners at Walden Pond, somehow perfectly matched given all our differences. That's a lesson -- compatibility looks different every time. There was never any big "wow" about swimming with Jothy - it was a blast, and I found him smart, funny, calmly committed and can-do. He never had the self-absorption that so many committed triathletes do, yet he showed up for his workouts as consistently as anyone. I had plenty of time with my face in the water, trying to keep up with him, to think about being minus one lung and one leg. I think the thing that was always most inspirational to me, and a lesson I took back to my life, was how Jothy dealt with the early stages of losing a significant amount of his gifted physical prowess as a young man. It's hard to describe, so I'm thrilled he has written this book to give it more space and description. The lesson for me is that we only have the choice to live the life we want for ourselves, or not. There is really no other choice. Jothy's book and life is an eloquent testimony to the courage it takes to define and live the kind of life we truly want, given our limitations, whatever they are.

  • Clif Banner
    Clif Banner
    1/5/2011 6:25 PM

    Jothy, if this country had just 10 more people like you--people with a positive view on life in these great United States--we would see the impact of only that very small number. Imagine if we could get your point of view heard by millions! I hope that is just about to happen as Who Says I Can't begins to pick up more interest across this land. I've had the pleasure of working with you and, of course, being instpired by you, Jothy, and after I and my wife read your story, we passed it along to some of our friends and relatives who believe it is easier to gripe and complain than getting up and succeeding through one's own dedication and hard work. Good luck with the book, and I know you'll continue to achieve new goals and make others ask "Why can't I?" Clif Banner, Nashua NH

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