How the Trauma of Becoming a Paraplegic Completely Changed My Outlook on Life
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Four years ago I was in a really bad skydiving accident and became a paraplegic. I couldn't move anything from the waist down and was told that I would never walk again. I have been indescribably lucky and have regained the ability to walk but as you can imagine, the whole experience has taught me a whole lot and changed me beyond words.
I remember as soon as it happened, my biggest fear wasn't never walking again, it was never feeling happiness again. I was certain that there was no way someone could go through something like that and be happy. On the spot I accepted that my life would never be good and I asked the doctors that were trying to save me, to kill me.