Sunday, September 27, 2020

New Book Details How Diving Helped A Cancer Survivor Overcome The Loss Of His Leg


Surviving cancer can mess someone up mentally. For Leo Morales, scuba diving helped him overcome depression from losing a leg to an aggressive form of cancer and break a few world records in the process.

A new book, “Dive-abled: The Leo Morales Story,” written by author Eric Douglas, chronicles Morales’ account of how he went from “having it all” to surviving cancer and then dealing with the depression the resultant loss of his leg brought about. When a friend invited him to try diving as a form of physical therapy, he was hooked and hasn’t looked back.

Morales has since completed two world records for a disabled diver. He dove to more than 400 feet/122 meters deep on his first world record dive. His second record dive involved swimming more than 15 kilometers/9.3 miles underwater across the Cozumel Marine Park without surfacing. He plans to complete a third world-record dive in the coming year.

Douglas, the book’s author, says:

“I first met Leo the day he completed his second world record dive in the Cozumel (Mexico) Marine Park. I was amazed at what he had to say and what he had just accomplished. I was also struck with how matter-of-fact Leo was about his accomplishment. He simply wanted to show others how important it was to never give up. His mantra is ‘Nothing is Impossible’ and he embodies that sentiment.”

The two recorded dozens of hours of interviews to prepare the biography, which will debut at the DEMA Show in Orlando, Florida next week.

Douglas adds:

“This is an inspirational story. Leo faced unimaginable circumstances, but has come through them. It isn’t a fairy tale, either. He faced challenges and depression and he struggled. He still struggles, but his faith, his family and the ocean give him the strength to continue moving forward.”

“Dive-abled: The Leo Morales Story” is available in softcover for US$11.99/10.30 Euros and as an ebook for $6.99/6 Euros at bookstores and online.

New Biography Details How Diving Helped A Cancer Survivor Overcome The Loss Of His Leg
New Biography Details How Diving Helped A Cancer Survivor Overcome The Loss Of His Leg

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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