"[A broken neck] gave me a whole new perspective on how bad things could be," James says. "It gave me new perspective on [that] possibly things happen for a reason because I was home for those last six weeks of my dad's life. It ended up being the best thing for me."
Throughout his struggle, no amount of pain ever made James feel sorry for himself. He says he always thinks of a quote from tennis star Arthur Ashe when life gets hard.
After Ashe found out he was stricken by the HIV virus, he said, "I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Why me?' because I wasn't saying 'Why me?' when I was holding up the Wimbledon trophy."
"I had so many things go right in my life up until last year," James says, "that I'm bound for a little bit of rain amongst the sunshine."