Hodge Wood

Speaker/Career Therapist/Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
Hodge Wood is the recipient of the Military Writers 2008 President's Award for Extraordinary Contributions over the course of a lifetime.

"Chum Water is an absolutely mesmerizing account of a man losing his life as he knew it only to become a whole man through learning how to live again after a tragic spinal cord injury and paralysis." - Sharon Sanderson, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, and President, Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association * "Inspiring, funny and charming, Chum Water is the story of how Hodge tackled disability, medical setbacks and love with a joy and intensity that puts the rest of us to shame." - Joyce Faulkner, Author of "In the Shadow of Suribachi" * " Chum Water is a beautiful, fascinating and, at times, humorous portrayal of Hodge’s uncanny fortitude to escape total dependency on others." - Lloyd A.King, Author of "From Nam with Love" * "Lloyd A. King, award-winning author of, “From ‘Nam With Love - An Infantry Soldier’s Vietnam” … poetic war stories about combat. * "Hodge is the most positive individual that I know and I have to believe that this attitude played a major role in his recovery. He has the rare knack of making you feel that you are worth a zillion bucks. The world would be a much better place if there were more folks like Hodge!" ~Russ Tribble  MCHS BOMBER Football Teammate, Arkansas Razorbacks 1975 SWC Champs, College/HS Football Coach * "I highly recommend this book to anyone who has had a ‘crisis’ in his life.  So that through Hodge’s example, we will know that God exists and has a purpose for each of us." ~ John Powers Clemons, M.D., Midwest Regional Medical Center, Midwest City, Oklahoma  * In his struggles for survival, Hodge experiences the worst and the best of the VA health care system.  As he navigates the system, he is stripped of his dignity and self respect until a PA becomes aware of his situation and takes charge." - Eddie Beesley Author of "Lucky Enough" * "As a quadriplegic myself, Hodge’s book gives the reader a glimpse into the life of someone whose life has been battered but not beaten." - Bill Kokendoffer, President, Mid America Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America  * "I loved every bit of it…even the painful parts.  I experienced every emotion one could have – sadness, empathy, joy, laughter, anger - and could relate to so much because those were my times too!" ~Janet Eskridge, Registered Physical Therapist * "My heart swells with pride and admiration for him as I read his brilliant and amazing tale of how he met his demons and conquered them through sheer strength, belief in himself and his faith in God." ~ Jeanette Winkcompleck Clemons, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Midwest Regional Medical Center, Midwest City, Oklahoma  
Winner of the 2008 Military Writers Society of America
Silver Medal MWSA Silver Medal MWSA
for a memoir detailing his recovery from critical injury. Hodge went from total paralysis to treating the paralyzed, and he writes from the unique perspective of a patient and a healthcare provider.
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About Chum Water
Hodge shares the extraordinary details of his four year recovery from critical injury and total paralysis in Chum Water, the first book in the Sharks on Wounded Fish series. Initially hospitalized six months with air medevac out of state, a genuine fish out-of-water still hopes to swim again. In this behind-the-scenes chronicle, a private journey from survival to success climaxes as Hodge returns to new work as a therapist assisting others with spinal cord injury. Life forever changes but dreams come true when Hodge water skis once more - with residual paralysis. Flash back to the seventies in Chum Water and be inspired when worst turns best as a street survivor becomes a career occupational therapist. Using surrealistic adventures and self-deprecating humor, Hodge provides the reader with breathtaking insights into the healthcare system - from the unique perspective of a patient and a healthcare provider.


Hodge's Presentations/Highlights

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Hodge Wood Speaks
Are you hosting a group and need a dynamic speaker? Do you need a credentialed guest presenter for your college class? If you are hosting an event or class, Hodge Wood's speaking will separate you from the rest. Hodge presents on the following topics or he can tailor a PowerPoint driven presentation to meet your needs.
  • Overcoming life altering mistakes
  • Adapting lifestyle with a permanent injury
  • The right attitude to survive
  • Traits of a dedicated health care professional
  • Positive adjustments to beat disability
  • From critical injury to success
  • Reasons for treatment error and patient abuse
  • Grading health care from a patient's perspective
  • Sports and recreation after a permanent, disabling injury
  • Lifelong management of pain and spasticity from SCI - a behind the scenes report
To book Hodge for your next event or class, email him or call at (580) 439-8262.

Click to download class exam study questions that can be used with Chum Water as your text.
Links and Media Information
Media Kit & Biography (pdf) Book Announcement
UCLA Media Release Brochures (pdf)
Flyers (pdf) Class Exam Study Questions (pdf)

Lloyd A. King Eddie Beesley
Mid-America Chapter of PVA Military Writers Society of America
Joyce Faulkner My Friend Detinu by Dalton Wood


From total paralysis to a career as a therapist and writer

"Tougher Than the Rest" Used With Permission of Chris LeDoux Organization

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