posted Sep 06, 2017
Injury Level : C-5/C-6
Injury Date : 07/23/15
July 23, 2015, six days before my 40th birthday, my life took a drastic turn. I was the victim of a gunshot wound to the right side of my neck. C-5/C-6 QUADRIPLEGIC was the term I was told I am by medical professionals. Doctors said that I would never walk again. I'm paralyzed from my chest down and have limited arm movement.
I spent 5 1/2 months at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. I was in ICU for two weeks and in REHAB for the following 5 months. Doctors decided NOT to do surgery as it was a risk to do more damage. Thus, the bullet that paralyzed me is still in my body.
Before I had my accident, I was extremely active and enjoyed having a fit body. I loved the thrill of doing outdoor activities underneath the hot sun. Bicycling, Cross Fit Activities, Weightlifting, and Walking were some of my favorite things to do. I also enjoyed power stretching to keep a very limber body. Unfortunately, all of these passions of mine came to an extreme halt.
I heard of Race To Walk through The Carolinas Rehab Outpatient Department in the spring of 2017. I've been coming here since June of 2017 and love it. Race To Walk has an abundant amount of equipment with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to go with it. My goal is very simple, I'M GOING TO WALK AGAIN! I believe in miracles and wish them on all disabled people. I want to dedicate my life to help other people with paralysis.