What About You? – Chapter 30

When I got on that motorcycle on July 9, 2004, I had no idea how my life would be changed, what I would learn, and how far I would go in the ensuing years.  It’s an incredible story…and it happens to be true. The years and time may have clouded a memory or two, but […]

Bucket Lists – Chapter 22

As 2013 came to a close, I started thinking about my ‘bucket list.’. I think everybody has one – things that you really want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’. For some, it’s skydiving, for others it’s seeing Paris. I put together a bucket list when I was a lot younger, and looking at […]

5K to Halfway – Chapter 21

Over the next year, I worked on improving my eating…and going slightly farther.  The weight slowly came off – 5 lbs, then 10, then 15, then 20….I eventually got down to my high school weight. Other people started to notice, too. When asked, I’d say – “I’m trying to get to my original weight – […]

Getting Out the Door – Chapter 20

In November, 2012,  I was at the end of my patience. On the morning of November 22, Thanksgiving Day, I tipped the scales at 250.5 lbs. Nobody ever held me down and forced food on me…I had done this to myself. I knew I had to deal with my eating issues. I didn’t drink or […]

Falling Apart – Chapter 18

Not all injuries are physical. After the motorcycle accident, it took a long time for me to feel normal or safe again. Even after that, there were some situations that brought back memories of the accident and its aftermath in vivid detail. I was never a good passenger in a car. I always felt safer […]

Climbing and Crashing – Chapter 17

As I increased my distance, I started enjoying riding with other people. It was now four years post-accident, and I felt pretty confident on my bike. I upgraded from a hybrid bike to a “real” carbon fiber road bike, and would occasionally ride my bike 21 miles to the office a couple days a week. […]

As Easy as Riding a Bike – Chapter 16

As I reached the 1-year mark post-accident, I continued physical therapy, but I had to see the doctor less and less. At the ‘anniversary’ of surgery, Dr. Childs said – “You’ve made great progress, so I think we’re done.” After major surgery, rehabilitation, and a year of healing and hard work, he released me from […]

Mailbox to a Mile – Chapter 14

When I got home from the hospital, I had only been walking for a short distance – only 10-20 feet at a time. Dr. Childs told me that walking was one of the best ways to build up my strength, so that’s what I did. On the first day home, I decided to walk….all the […]

Back Home Again – Chapter 13

After two months in the rehab hospital, I was discharged and sent home. I wasn’t doing great, but I could stand, sit, and walk a few steps around the house. I got used to the routine of being upright, but also had a number of limitations. I could walk across a room, but I would […]