'So life can change. It doesn't mean it's worse'

'So life can change. It doesn't mean it's worse' »Play Video
Sometimes life is not what you expected.

Bob Woodruff, a journalist with ABC News who nearly died after being hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, was recently in Seattle for a town meeting with veterans groups.

Since I've been battling an aggressive brain tumor that has changed my life and career, I interviewed Bob, who knows first-hand how life can change in an instant.

Bob was at the pinnacle of his career when I first met him in New York at ABC in 2006. He was the newly-named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. Dan Lewis interviewed his co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, and I interviewed Bob. We shot promos. But I never got the video. Bob was only anchor of World News for 27 days.

"Would it be nice if I was doing the kind of work that I loved? Covering the wars, being on the road, anchoring part of the show? Yes, of course it would," he says.

Bob was covering the war when his life was turned upside down, when the Iraqi tank he was in was hit by an IED. In a coma for 36 days, he lost more than a portion of his skull. Suddenly words were gone. Memory was hard to find.

"But we have other frustrations now, compared to the ones before. I'm sure you have the same.

"You're probably feeling pretty lucky to be alive right now, considering what you've been through in terms of brain surgery.

"But other things in life? This just angers you sometimes that this happened to you. I think we're very much the same that way," he says.

Bob's injuries are no longer physical. While his head was torn open by shrapnel, mine has been torn by a relentless brain tumor.

While the physical result for me has been a half-frozen face and a constant battle, Bob thinks our ability to change ties us together.

"So life can change. It doesn't mean it's worse. Just because you're on a certain path doesn't mean that's the best path you should be on," he says.

Bob's path has gone the way of injured veterans and a new camaraderie that didn't exist before the accident. There are relationships now that are far more valuable.

My Facebook account has grown exponentially, and when I said I was going to interview Bob, I heard words like courage, inspiration. Does Bob feel like he has courage and inspiration?

"For others? I hope so," he says. "I hope so."

Oh, he's got it, and then some.