Overcoming the Odds: From War on the Streets in Louisiana to War on Terrorism in Iraq, How I Successfully Overcame the Odds
Ever since he was a child, Antonio J. Webb, M.D had to find it in himself to overcome what promised to be a very desolate future. Growing up in the heart of Shreveport, Louisiana, he was constantly surrounded by influences of the very worst sort including gangs, violence and drugs.
From a younger brother who served juvenile life for armed robbery to a mother whose addiction to crack cocaine landed her in jail multiple times, Antonio s family was split in half between members in and out of prison. Not only that, but several of his close friends were killed and others began serving 10+ years in prison for crimes they committed as teenagers.
The statistics for Antonio were grim. Chances were that he’d end up like most of his friends and family. But then, to the surprise of all, he graduated high school with honors, and a whole new world of opportunity lit up before him.
Based on his own life story, Overcoming the Odds, details the miraculous account of a boy who became more than anyone ever thought possible. From joining the military as a teen to serving eight years in the US Air Force, from war on the streets of Louisiana to war on terrorism in Iraq, the book realistically portrays the heartache and desperate challenges it took to rise above his austere beginnings.
More importantly, it echoes his personal belief that there is an incredible, undeniable strength in every person to overcome the odds.
Overcoming the Odds: From War on the Streets in Louisiana to War on Terrorism...
Today, Dr. Antonio Webb is completing his residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio, specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. But that isn’t enough for the tireless and disciplined doctor. He’s putting the finishing touches on his first book, aptly titled Overcoming the Odds, and is frequently sought after for inspirational speaking engagements.
One of his most rewarding activities, however, is serving as a mentor for underprivileged middle and high school students interested in a career in medicine. He volunteers to help because he says it is important for students to know If I can do it, they can, too. Webb says his proudest moment would be when he encounters a student in later years who says, I am in medical school because of you.
It’s been a long road from impoverished child in a dangerous environment to decorated soldier and award-winning medic, and Antonio Webb, MD is aware of the amazing journey that has been his life.
“I don’t take anything for granted,” he says. “I know I am incredibly blessed.”
6 x 9 Paperback
Published: November 03, 2014