"We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given life.
And it’s up to us to make it good or bad."   

Ward 'Scarman' Foley


Ward Foley was born with multiple birth defects and very little chance to live. But he did, only to undergo decades of surgery, agonizing rehabilitation, ridicule, and humiliation. He was also severely burned in a deep fryer, beat up, and almost killed by a drunk driver, but that’s not what this book is about.

It turns out that each “scar” in his life brought Foley one step closer to the people and experiences that would give him what he wanted most.

After the death of a close friend, Foley found himself entering the world of hospice care and a circle of people who had more to teach him than he ever imagined.

You can be in the wrong place at the wrong time . . . a lot. In fact, your whole life can seem like one, big, wrong turn. But that’s exactly what it takes to get you to the one place you want most.

Lively and warm-hearted, full of dry humor and unexpected twists, Thank My Lucky Scars is an exuberant look at what we all ultimately want from life and the story we have been handed.

Judge’s Commentary

There is not a doubt in my mind that Ward Foley is probably one of the most inspiring and amazing persons—let alone writer—out there in the world today. Born with a life-threatening and life-debilitating disease only to overcome it and then be burned in a donut shop as a teenager, beaten, nearly killed in a car accident and forced to endure the loss of a close friend, Ward Foley has not had it easy. But no one would ever suspect it. His optimism, faith and deep understanding of his life, purpose and mission exude through every page, and I am sure he’s a delight in person. The book was thoroughly professional—the title (albeit cheesy, at first look) works, the cover design is appealing and the editing was outstanding. This is the perfect book for people who enjoy being (and or need to feel) inspired by, rather than dragged through the trenches of, life’s ups and downs. For those filling their Amazon shopping carts with books like The Last Lecture, Big Russ and Me and Tuesdays With Morrie, they should add this one to the list.

“Ward Foley has limitless wisdom, courage, warmth, and humor to share with those facing so many of life’s major transitions and hardships. It all comes shining through in Thank My Lucky Scars”
Sandy Kuhlman, Board of Directors,  National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

As a writer, Ward Foley is the mutant love child of William S. Burroughs and John Grisham. As a person, he comforts the afflicted and afflicts thecomfortable.  His is an inspiration, and his story needs to be read.
Tim Keown, Senior Writer ESPN The Magazine

“When you find a book like this that makes you forget your own troubles for a minute, buy it! What a story. Ward Foley’s been through it all. Trust his story to get you through too!”
Ed Hearn, Former New York Mets Catcher and cancer survivor,  Author of Conquering Life’s Curves. 

Thank My Lucky Scars in an inspirational and courageous memoir - a memoir that's both deep and humorous, and always thought-provoking. With an open heart Ward Foley describes the disabilities brought forth from a rare congenital disorder called Arthrogryosis Multiplex Congenita. This is a horrific, complex, and disfiguring disorder that involves much physical suffering and emotional pain.

But there is no pity-party here! Ward tells his wonderfully straightforward story with astounding grace and humor. His unshakable faith (which is never preachy) is the foundation from which he has built a remarkable and giving life. From his commendable work with hospice patients to those who face disabilities, Ward has dedicated himself to helping others, inspiring others, and bringing hope. This is a wonderful memoir that I highly recommend.
Best Selling Author Beth Hoffman
I've always believed that one of the key elements in being able to inspire others with your story, is simply to tell it. And that's exactly what Ward Foley did. He sat down and wrote a book about what it was like being born with multiple birth defects: Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) and club hands and feet. As the author likes to make crystal clear: just because you're born with birth defects it doesn't mean that more bad things can't happen to you. And they did. Being nearly killed by a drunk driver, being beaten by troubled teens he was trying to help, and falling into a 400-degree fryer are perfect examples. Surely, Foley could have become embittered and assume he'd already achieved his quota of bad things at birth. But Ward Foley is anything but a bitter man.

He focuses on what he can do, not on what he can't do. And without a doubt, his natural wit and delightful humor in tandem with his life story are what made this book shine especially bright for me.

After raising his family, Foley increased the volunteer work that he had been doing for years and found a very special place in his heart for hospice patients. For me, this was the most uplifting part of the book. While writing about hospice may at first sound gloomy to some, the fact that Ward Foley can sit with a hospice patient is one of the greatest blessings of his life. The stories he tells are touching, inspiring, heartwarming, funny, surprising and heart-wrenching. As the author talks about the many "God moments" where time after time amazing things happen, he doesn't try to convince the reader to interpret it as he does. He doesn't talk about what he gives to others; he talks about what others give to him. To me, that is the very foundation of a truly inspirational story.
Author Lisette Brodey
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