Scars of Faith and Courage, A Life Forever Changed
February 23, 2023
Standing on Positive Ground is the heartfelt, inspiring true story of Tony
V Rodriguez, whose astonishing tragedies and triumphs span a lifetime. It is
an unrivaled testament to survival, faith, and the indomitable human
Before Tony was three years old, he experienced two car accidents, one that
nearly cost him his life and permanently changed him physically and
mentally. His family, unable to afford the critical extensive care, prayed
for a miracle. Answered prayers came through his community, God, and
organizations such as the Shriner’s Burns Hospital. Since then, he has
survived two near-death experiences, ten auto accidents, three motorcycle
accidents, Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cancer, a stroke, multiple innovative
plastic surgeries, disfigurement discrimination, and two divorces.
Through all these extraordinary challenges, Tony also experienced how truly
kind people could be, along with the support of the heavenly realm. He knew
that he was never alone on his arduous journey.
Standing on Positive Ground is filled with tragic as well as joyous
outcomes. Join Tony as he shares his personal journey, including how he
rises above tremendous circumstances and ultimately lives a life of
accomplishment and positivity.
It is Tony’s greatest hope that his life story uplifts and brings
inspiration to the reader.
Praise for Standing on Positive Ground
“Powerful and brave, heart-wrenching and heartwarming, Standing on
Positive Ground shows that pain can be indiscriminate, but so too can
perseverance. In this remarkable story, Tony V Rodriguez shares the trials
that knocked him down and the strength used to pick himself back
up-repeatedly. Inside these pages is an anthem to all those who have faced
life’s toughest challenges and a testament to those with the heart to fight
– J.J. Hebert, USA Today bestselling author
About the Author
Tony V Rodriguez has experienced many tragedies and blessings in his life.
Born in 1966, in beautiful Bartow, Florida, he is the son of interracial
parents who supported their family as migrant workers. Before Tony turned
three years old, he would survive two separate car accidents, one that
nearly claimed his life. Because of serious and life-threatening injuries,
Tony spent most of his childhood in hospitals, undergoing many complex
surgeries meant to shape and repair his severely disfigured face. Due to
many factors, he lived with shame, negativity, and depression. The heaviness
of the negativity weighed upon him, and he eventually decided those feelings
would not serve him. With his determination, heavenly blessings, strength,
and positive attitude, he was able to rise above these extraordinary
circumstances to become an inspiration to others whom he has met along the way.
At the time of printing this book, in his mid 50’s, Tony has so far
survived three near-death experiences, Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cancer,
stroke, disfigurement and discrimination, twelve auto accidents, three
motorcycle accidents, and sixty-six surgeries. Tony’s faith combined
with the acts of kindness by many caring individuals has remarkably allowed
him to live a mainstream life.
After obtaining an Associate Degree in Computer Engineering Technology,
Tony began his professional career as an Electronic Technician for a
government-contracted company. Seven years later, in 1995, he accepted an
offer from Intel Corporation, located in Arizona, where he enjoyed an
Electronic Technician career until he would be forced to medically retire
after twenty-one years of service.
Tony enjoys playing video games on his computer or PlayStation 5, visiting
classic car shows, listening to music, reading his bible, enjoying time with
the heavenly realm, spending time with his wife, and keeping in touch with
friends and family. He owns a 1967 Chevy Camaro, the car of his