James says his family helped him get through the dark days five years ago—and they still do. "The worst of my days are made better when [my] kid gives [me] a hug or says 'Daddy' or laughs or smiles," he says. "Whatever bad days I have now, when I come home and my wife says 'hi' and my kids come running over to give Daddy a hug, that day doesn't mean much, you know?"

Eighteen months after his 2006 appearance on The Oprah Show, James faced a devastating personal tragedy. His son, Leo, was born with an incurable and fatal neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy. Leo died 11 days later.

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To this day, James says he has not recovered from losing his first son. "I think there are a lot of things in my life I've recovered from, [but] I don't know if I'll ever recover from that," he says. "That's a wound that's open."


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