GAIN MOTIVATION, CONFIDENCE, STRENGTH AND COURAGE FROM TERRY MITROPOULOS
Terry is an inspirational speaker with an exceptional ability to inspire people in business, sport and high performance activities to create their best life. His goal is to stimulate their personal growth and self belief, then act with strength and determination to achieve what seems impossible.
Terry speaks to people of all ages including teenagers and children. He learned and continues to learn that his goals would not have been possible without the help and support of other people.
Terry shares his inspiring story that demonstrates, no matter how big your problem, it can be overcome when you have a great mindset, great resourses and great people around you (even a bit of courage).
Imagine being 38 years old and needing to learn how to eat, speak, read, write, stand and walk again.
Imagine being a child again.
Then imagine that same person walking 768km from Adelaide to Melbourne.
"BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF YOU"
Australia's miracle man
Extraordinary people do extraordinary things, Terry has endured challenges most of us couldn’t, as cliched as it sounds, the cliché is a reality. He has stared down death, risen out of a wheel chair, refused to quit.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, Terry underwent 13 separate brain surgeries over 2 years. He had to learn to speak, stand and walk again. Unable to conduct even basic human tasks that we all take for granted, such has holding and drinking a cup of water.
Hospitalised and in rehabilitation for nearly four years, Terry’s fight became a monumental battle. In hospital, he contracted a super bug where doctors gave him a 5% chance of surviving. He was on 72 different types of medication in various combinations.
The compounding effects of Terry’s surgeries, the super bug causing a blockage to his spinal cord, spinal surgery, a mechanical valve in his brain, all caused Terry’s body to suffer a major stroke.
Terry was then given a drug from overseas to kill the super bug, but in turn it began to destroy his nervous system. This lead to him to lose his sight and major parts of his hearing. Terry would go on to become a paraplegic, and was told by doctors he would never walk again.
But miracles do happen, and through excessive rehabilitation and determination, Terry was able to bring his quality of life back.
He has regained his sight but endures peripheral damage and double vision and remains deaf in one ear. Terry has his life back, his independence and is no longer reliant on others to live.
The need to overcome any challenge Terry says, is to have mental resilience that enables you to endure the fight. He wants to raise awareness of the importance of how working together anything can be achieved.
Walk from Adelaide to Melbourne
Terry's recovery from his illness and mental health provided the toughest challenge any human could ever ask for. However he stands here today as living evidence that the human spirit can overcome any obstacle. He proved this further by taken on what many would consider an insurmountable task as he walked from Adelaide to Melbourne.
On August 17th 2019, Terry began his walk from Adelaide to Melbourne starting from the famous Victoria Square. After 768km over 43 days Terry arrived to a massive crowd in Melbourne on the 28th of September, achieving what no one would have even dreamed only a short while ago.