I grew up in a modest home with both of my parents working multiple jobs to support me and my sister. I faced persecution and discrimination from birth as a minority in Egypt and was told I would never amount to much. My government told me what I was allowed to study since I wasn’t part of the majority.
At the age of 7, I was diagnosed with cancer . By God’s grace, I was cancer free a year later. At 18 years of age, I applied and eventually won the lottery to come to the US through great difficulty and God’s sovereign plan. I arrived in the US at 19 only speaking Arabic. I worked as a security guard without any knowledge of the English language, while finishing my BA and doctoral program.
I battled cancer again during my final year of the program and still passed my board exams by God’s grace. I almost died twice post-surgery. I believed God was leading me to discover new ideas within the medical industry and spent years studying, researching, developing and patenting new techniques and tools even though most people doubted me.
This is a shout out to all of you dreamers who are still waiting to see your dreams fulfilled. It may not happen today, next week, year or decade. But never give up! Do not lose hope! Persist!
Josep Jacobs, DPT, ASTRs
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Inventor of ASTR