Recovery, Challenges, Completed Challenges

Taking back my independence

One of the most difficult aspects of being paralyzed is the loss of independence and the ability to do things and go places on my own. Before the accident I was always on the go, hiking, kitesurfing, boating and just about anything outdoors related.

For the past 5 1/2 years my activity has been limited to either lying in bed for 12 hours or being stuck in my wheelchair for 12 hours with the only break coming from when I do physical therapy. My chair has its limitations and while it’s pretty good at getting me from point A to point B it’s not capable of much more than that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten stuck on wet grass.

Thanks to an incredibly generous donor I have gained back some of my independence and acquired an Action Trackchair off-road all terrain wheelchair. In the few weeks I have owned the chair I’ve been able to get back to nature and enjoy what seemed to be impossible.

The donor and his wife had a successful business they built from the ground up and recently sold but they had an empty feeling inside. They were talking with one of their vendors and close friends Corey Chappell at Chappell Tractor (An Action Trackchair dealer) and he mentioned he knew someone who would put it to good use. Corey explained my situation commenting on how I had maintained a positive outlook despite having lost so much.

I’m having so much fun traversing fields and going deep into the woods down old logging trails which I have been dreaming about for the past 5 1/2 years. I am forever grateful to this generous donor and his wife and look forward to future ultimate adventures in the woods, on the mountains, the beaches, and snow. Nothing can stop the Sherminator!!

None of this would’ve been possible if it had not been for Corey whom I am  forever grateful to.

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