TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A surprise diagnosis robbed David Gary's ability to walk, but could not take the fight out of him. Now, he is started a second chapter in his life after doctors told him he would not survive the first.
Watering and weeding, Gary transforms his backyard into an East Texas oasis. His green thumb sets him apart as a master gardener. His current condition showcases his character.
"I was kind of bitter about life and said, 'God, why did you do this to me?'" he said.
At age 28, doctors diagnosed Gary with Muscular Dystrophy.
"The doctors told me that I would be in a wheelchair before I was 40," he said.
Gary stayed on his feet until 58 before taking the joystick of a power wheelchair, searching for direction in his new life.
"I was always an outdoor person and I didn't want to let Muscular Dystrophy stop me," he said.
Gary didn't jump when wife Linda suggested gardening, but started small with potted plants and flowers. Soon the man unable to walk was rolling through his backyard, learning to live life again in the process. His garden is a testament to what one can accomplish with a plan and an unwillingness to give up.
"With the Lord's help, he showed me another direction that actually was better than the road I was going before...it's just changed my whole life," he said.
It is a life that, like Gary's plants, will continue to thrive for years to come.
He has taken his garden wisdom and life experiences out of the backyard to share with others. He regularly speaks to Muscular Dystrophy groups and others with disabilities with his self entitled "Master Gardener on Wheels" presentation.