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Old 05-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #51 (permalink)
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you'll kill it man.

a friend of mine died hitting a tree back in college... it really sucked.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #52 (permalink)
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I'm sorry to hear about the struggles you've endured. However, you're an inspiration. Many would have let this end them.

Wishing you the best in recovery and on your first day back on snow.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:09 PM   #53 (permalink)
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that really sucks, that all those complications have led to you losing part of your leg... I hope all goes well and my prayers are with you! get back on that board soon!
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:19 AM   #54 (permalink)
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Quick update -- things are going well! Had my amputation on June 14th. My first check-up was today. The incision looks great, so I get my stump shrinker on Wednesday. My current schedule has me walking for the first time on August 1st.

I really want to see if I can get into snowboarding shape for the upcoming season. We'll see! One step at a time. Thank you all for the awesome support. You guys rule.

I'll keep checking in periodically with updates.

Here's a video from today's visit with the doctor: Below Knee Amputation Incision Cleaning - YouTube.

Let me know what kind of videos you'd be interested in seeing. I'm going to start making more. For instance, when we get the sutures out, when I walk for the first time, etc.

I figure it'll get more interesting for videos the closer I get to being back on my board.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:48 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Damn... your story is harsh and an inspiration at the same time. Hope you never regretted your choice to hit the tree instead of the skier. In the split second of such a situation one is hardly able to make a conscious decision and acts instinctively and even if it now came out to have rough lifetime consequences, you did the right thing. Love to read how you're always looking forward and keep your target. Hope I'll be only partly strong-minded as you if I ever face a similar situation. Props and best wishes on your way to recovery!
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:32 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Hope you never regretted your choice to hit the tree instead of the skier. In the split second of such a situation one is hardly able to make a conscious decision and acts instinctively and even if it now came out to have rough lifetime consequences, you did the right thing.
I'm sure it is so hard to think that way but its definitely true.

I applaud your outlook on life and the fact that you aren't letting this take you down. Many people would have become extremely bitter.
Best of wishes to you buddy!
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:30 PM   #57 (permalink)
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This is the first time I read your story. Dude, you are badass, between the surgeries, the amp, and just making the decision to go into a tree instead of hitting another person.

All the best, bro...
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:07 PM   #58 (permalink)
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I just found this forum tonight and figured it would be a good place to share my story. Back in February, I snowboarded into a tree at Breckenridge to avoid hitting someone in front of me. I severely fractured my right fibula and tibia and almost lost my foot. I had two surgeries to get two plates and 19 screws installed in both bones. I also had to get a skin transplant to help a wound heal.

Fast forward to last week, I found out that I broke both surgical implants during my physical therapy. I'm back to ground zero, facing my third surgery in a few weeks.

I was dying to get back on my board next February, but it looks like that's going to be pushed back. Anyone else have any problems like this?

I've been keeping a stupid blog up to date since February, mainly to share all of the gross pictures with friends and family. I was in an external fixator for a while. You can get to it at Snowboarder vs. Tree.
Great story man! A fireman I used to work with that is now a lieutenant on that department, also lost part of his leg below the knee from a motorcycle accident. Your story made me look back at his unimaginable road to recovery. He had 2 prostheses made. One that would be retrofitted to his bunker gear for runs and another for just getting around. When he needed to don his gear, he'd go from one prosthesis to the other. He was the first firefighter to return to active duty in Ohio and a great person to see a miracle happen to! Much like yourself, he was determined and it seems that this day and age anything is possible with all the technology we have at our disposal to get folks back to a seemingly normal way of life. Don't look back!
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:52 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Hey bigrig

I'll start by saying i am so sorry to read about your accident, but very happy to see you remaining soooo positive. It is a good thing to be i'm sure...

I have read your thread from start to finish, and am so gutted for you, not in a negative way, but wouldn't wish this on anyone, and really feel for you being stuck for a while without your board. I know how that can be...!!!

Good luck with getting ready for this season, i am sure that you will do it, and am waiting to read your updates and see some videos of your progression, it means a lot to me, as i'm sure it does others to see you succeed in at least very basic riding and enjoying the freedom of being on the mountain in the snow does for a person.

If i ever get over to your area of boarding, i would love to have the opportunity to ride with you, that is for sure...!!!

On a different note and while talking about being positive, i came across a video that made me think of you and your remaining positive, so i thought i would share it, and hopefully it will put a smile on your face...

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:34 AM   #60 (permalink)
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positive vibes your way man. Hell of an inspirational story.

Can't wait to read about you shredding come winter.
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