Accident and changes…

When I was 16 I had been competing in gymnastics for six years.  My last two years I had competed nationally, my last year ranked in the top 50 All-Around in the nation in my age group and class and on the horizontal bar in the top 15.  I was almost guaranteed a gymnastics scholarship to college and felt I had complete control over my life. I felt that I could do just about anything with my body and my future that I wanted.

One month after nationals in 1990 I was involved in gymnastics accident when I lost control of my body during practice.  That injury left me almost completely paralyzed from the shoulders down, a C-5.quadriplegic.  In one instant, I went from being an athlete feeling completely in control to being paralyzed, unable to move and completely helpless.  I was completely dependent on others for everything.  No matter what my future held in store, I could not live independently ever again and I would certainly never to gymnastics again.

I spent three weeks in the hospital followed by three months of therapy and rehabilitation.  When I got out of the rehab center, I resumed my junior year of high school already half over.  With the help of friends and the school I was able to catch up and was ready to graduate with my class a year and a half later.

I attended Franklin and Marshall College the following fall and four years later graduated with a major in math and a minor in philosophy.  Through a mutual friend during the second semester of my freshman year, I entered into a relationship with a young lady I would eventually marry.  She started working for me as a personal care attendant while I was attending college.  Before long the relationship took a new turn and we started dating.  We were married a year after I graduated from college. During my senior year of college I developed an interest in computer science.  One month after graduating, I began an internship at Lancaster Laboratories.  Three months later I was hired full-time and have been there ever since.

2 thoughts on “Accident and changes…

  1. I know those early years were hard; but I saw a young man persevere and now I see a man who wants to be a godly father and husband. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life those many years ago. Stephanie

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