Often in life we have milestones: our birth; first day of school; graduations; first car; first job; wedding and all the anniversaries that follow – and so on. My family always seemed to feel that the 5’s and 10’s were big deals. So today, I’m celebrating that I’ve reached the 5 year mark of having contracted necrotizing fasciitis. I feel so good about it that I’m giving everyone in the whole country a day off to celebrate with me!
I’d like to take some time to reflect back and think of what 5 years has brought me since the doctors told Marijo and my family that I was not likely to make it through the night on May 18th, 2010.
I’ve met so many people and many to thank along the way. First and foremost, my thanks to all the amazing medical staff that worked hard to save my life. The medical professionals that got me strong and back on my feet (well maybe not quite back on my feet). My family and friends were so important. I’m not sure I would have made it through without them. My biggest thanks is to my beautiful wife who had every right to say goodbye as it wasn’t exactly what she had signed up for.
In the past 5 years I gained 4 grandchildren (Hailey, Caryssa, Liam & Claire). All these beautiful children keep telling me they are going to find my legs and that I must have simply lost them. I still managed to go on a few airplane rides with Mj. I sailed on both coasts and several places in between. Marijo and I have had many opportunities to speak about my experience. I’ve can still ski and golf but not quite as well as I used to. I’ve gone in 5km walks and just recently did a 10km – call me crazy – but I’ve just signed up for my first 1/2 marathon in Ottawa in September. I went to college for two years to learn to cook (I needed to fatten Marijo up) and I think we have bought our forever home. I’m just about to be refitted with some very cool high tech legs.
I love life, yes I miss my legs but as I (we) move forward I know there are still many life adventures in front of us. Thanking all of you that touched my life and helped my along this path. It’s so important to smile and be thankful.