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Craig Thayer – Find the Miracles in your Life

Craig Thayer: His destiny was mapped before he was even born. Being put up for adoption at birth and finding his family at nine months was just the start of his unorthodox journey. Craig battled a reading disorder that went undiagnosed until he was fifty-five years old. Despite that and numerous other challenges, the calling in his heart to become a surgeon grew louder and louder.

It didn’t quiet when he suffered a twisted intestine, witnessed his adopted mother’s alcohol problem, grieved her death when he was just eighteen, healed from a skull fracture in college, agonized over his adopted father’s fight for his life, and struggled to find his self-esteem. Through adversity, he has become a well-respected surgeon, head of trauma, community leader, and forever a jokester. The miracles that touched his life were his saving grace and shined a light on his purpose.


Craig’s intent in sharing his stories are to give you hope, inspiration, and a sense of belonging. His passion is to inspire and motivate others to live their life to the fullest. We are all more alike than we know. Craig is the best-selling author of SAVED: One Trauma Surgeon’s True Accounts of the Miracles in His Life. In this memoir, you can hear many of his inspiring stories.

Craig Thayer Vroom Vroom Veer Stories

His grandma, (known to his kids as Gigi) encouraged him to write a book for 15 years–later we went to a business training with famous people who didn't know him who also encouraged him to write a book about his struggles through adversity and his faith

Blessed to be a orphan; his natural mother was in Michigan and was not married and starting to show and was engaged but not in the church long enough; mom moved to California long enough to have Craig and get him baptized at a local church before giving him to an orphanage

His adopted mom was born in Ireland and she had an Irish temper and struggled with alcoholism; she made Craig and Empath; he went to his first AA meeting at age 11 and heard testimony of all the participants

One man from AA named John had killed a kid while drunk driving and Craig reminded John of that kid that he had killed

Landed on general surgery in med school because at that time he would learn how to treat a person from head to toe; he really wanted to know how to perform a Tracheostomy

When he went to do medical missionary work he would often need assistance from non-medical folks; he always advised people to let him know if they felt light headed or just uncomfortable because people can pass out and hurt themselves

Jeff shares way too much detail about passing out which doctor's call Vasovagal syncope; that started in Air Force Basic training as a needle phobia

We talk about how tall men (at least 6'4″) earn 15K more for every inch over 6 feet; Male leaders tend to be tall with large hands; that same group also tends to pass out more often

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