POTTERVILLE, MI (WILX) -- Sebastian Bellin is no stranger to coming over obstacles.
After the former professional basketball player survived the 2016 Brussels Bombing, he wanted to spread his message of positivity.
"I've had this approach. But this experience...it kind of engraves it even more. It's like life telling you to continue on these things, continue on sharing this message because there's really something there," Bellin said.
This is not the first time he has been in the area. Back in May of 2017, Bellin spoke to over 1,000 people in Charlotte. He spoke about overcoming adversity, and about fear being a state of mind. Fast forward to that October, a woman who saw his speech was in a serious car accident after another car ran a stop sign. With broken bones and excruciating pain, she wasn't sure she would be able to endure it until Bellin popped in her head.
"He all of a sudden just popped in my head and I started saying, 'the basketball player, the basketball player.' His injuries were much worse, his legs were blown up. I can do this, I can do this, I will be OK," D'Lynn Smith said.
She credits Bellin with saving her that day, and always wanted to meet him. Two years later, she finally was able to and surprised him as he was about to speak to some athletes in Potterville.
"You have no idea what your story did for me," Smith told him, getting emotional.
Potterville Varsity Basketball Coach Jacob Briney was able to organize the meeting, and bring Bellin back to Mid-Michigan. He says he hopes the kids there got as much out of it as Smith did.
"As we saw from D'Lynn's story and surprising him today, and that emotional reunion, what she pulled out of his talk a couple of years ago, to how that impacted her...It's the same thing with these boys. They're going to be able to pull some things out of his talk, his questions the stories, the drills, that we did that they are going to be able to do to impact their life," Briney said.
For Bellin, he says it is almost like his therapy.
"Sharing the lessons that life has taught me allows me to recycle a negative into a positive. And if I can recycle that negative and pass on one or two nuggets of experience or of a different approach on life, the message passes on and they'll pas on the experience that I lived."
Bellin is also in the middle of shooting a documentary about his recovery and training for the 2020 Iron Man in Hawaii.
He is partnered with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and plans to finish the race as a handicapped athlete.
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