A Second ChanceI would first like to thank everyone for all of the prayers and support sent my way after the "rappelling" accident last month. It was a low point in my life and the encouragement I received really pushed my recovery along swiftly.
It was frightening (to say the least) to fall four stories, hit the ground, and realize that feeling to my legs had been cut off. As I tried to move them and failed, thoughts of all the things I would no longer be able to do ran through my mind. In an instant my life had been changed forever.
Fortunately, the neurosurgeon who operated on me was able to clear away the bone fragments in my spinal column that were pinching the nerves to my legs (the nerves came about one millimeter from being severed). Thanks to him, except for losing some flexibility in my lower back (due to the five fused vertebrae and the two metal rods reinforcing them), I will recover fully. Take it from me though, learning to walk again at age 20 is no simple task. Nevertheless, I am now walking unaided, and hope to return to classes soon.
I was lucky, extremely lucky, and got a second chance. Even though I feel overjoyed to be able to walk again, I am just thankful to still be alive. So please, don't take any life-endangering risks (as I foolishly did); life is too precious for that. I got a second chance, but the next person might not.
See you soon!
Michael Duff '95