On April 5, 1988, I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle. I was in a coma for 5 days and nearly lost my leg. The picture below is me in the hospital that evening.
This blog is called NEWFAZE because we’re all in a “New Phase” of our lives every moment, every breath. However great or rotten the previous moments have been, we have no idea what the next ones will be like. It’s our job to make them great. For others and for ourselves.
Since that accident I’ve gotten a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and completed 11 Iron distance triathlons. Swim 2.4 miles, bicycle 112 miles, run 26.2 miles. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in October of 2013. This is a picture my brother Shane took at the finish line of my first Iron distance triathlon, the Duke Blue Devil in Raleigh, NC on 11 October, 2003:
I work one on one with people with a wide variety of disabilities. Currently I work with people with autism spectrum disorders and acquired brain injuries. In the past I have worked with people with developmental disabilities, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer’s, seizure disorders and a number of other disabilities. I began in 1994. I learn again and again and again and again that, with zero exceptions, each person is much more similar to me than they are different. We all just want to be happy, which provides a great starting point for our working relationship.