Robert Diaz has traveled a long, difficult, and dangerous road to get to the point in his life where he finds himself today. His words are thoughtful and honest as he describes the many challenges he has managed to overcome, including a violent gang attack that left him fighting for his life after being stabbed 16 times. Robert is a true survivor.

As a baby, Robert was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. Growing up, he was plagued with schoolyard bullying and taunts from classmates because he suffered grand mal seizures; and therefore, he could not participate in the typical sports and activities that most young boys were enjoying. This trouble in his life exacted a cruel price in the form of substance addiction that began early, and he dropped out of school in the fifth grade.