He was considered a surprise birth with his parents, a couple in their forties who had two grown daughters and were seen as past the child-bearing age. When he was born, the doctors believed he wouldn’t survive due to his life-threatening disabilities.
Yet, now approaching the age his parents were when they had him, author Dorsey Ross has lived a life dedicated to serving the Lord and encouraging others to not let their disabilities define the impacts they can make.
His new autobiography, Overcomer, details the challenges Dorsey faced, as well as those of his family, when he was diagnosed with Apert Syndrome: a genetic disorder that causes abnormal shaping of the skull and face, as well as other birth defects.
Pressured by doctors to place Dorsey into an institution, with a belief he would be brain dead soon, his parents decided to take Dorsey home and do what they could to help his life thrive: even if it meant having to endure sixty-eight surgeries for his face, head and hands.
What his parents instilled in Dorsey, and what he bestows to others now, is that God brought these challenges into Dorsey’s life as part of a chosen purpose in God’s eternal plan.
Even though he dealt with bullying at school and work, underwent more surgeries than any one will ever experience and even had feelings of suicide during desperate times, Dorsey still believed God had a plan amidst the chaos.
Overcomer not only shares Dorsey’s extraordinary story with readers, but is also written to influence readers’ beliefs in where God may be leading them. His path led into involvement with ministry, while others could be placed in situations requiring them to not let disadvantages hinder their progress.
Some may have given up on Dorsey’s future, but he knew his future was well cared for in the hands of his Heavenly Father.