By Mark Messing
In 2001 Scott Johnson was in a hospital being taught how to walk.
In 2003 he finished his first triathlon.
He was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease caused by a defective gene that forces the body to produce thick mucus, something that can lead to life threatening lung infections. The average life expectancy for someone with CF is around 37 years old.
When Scott was 29, after suffering a severe lung infection, the doctors told him that he probably had a week left to live, that is, unless donated organs became available for a double lung transplant. Sitting in a hospital and facing death, Scott immediately made a list of all of the things he would do with his life if he were to receive the donation. Finishing a triathlon was the first thing he wanted to do.
Scott was lucky enough to get his double lung transplant, and refused to ignore the life list he had made. He had been in a hospital bed for a long time, and so before he could do anything he would first have to learn how to walk, and after that he would begin swimming, biking, and running. In, 2003 he finished his first triathlon, but he still wanted more.
He would go on to compete in Ironman New Zealand in March of 2005, then at Ironman Florida in ’06 and ’07.This past October 13th, Scott participated in Ironman Hawaii. As far as Ironman competitions are concerned, that one is the big Kahuna.
From hospital bed hopeful to Ironman regular, Scott has shattered the impossible. He has overcome adversity, and is truly inspirational.
If you ever find yourself thinking something is too hard to handle, just think of Scott. He is living proof that if it falls within the laws of physics, then it is something that can be done.