Life teaches you to roll with punches.
Learning how to walk again & recovering from a horrific accident is not what I thought I’d be dealing with weeks after hitting the milestone of my 50th birthday. The end of the year was going to be a celebratory time with friends and family. But “life” had other plans.
On Dec 20, 2021, I was critically injured in a motorcycle accident.
Like fighters, motorcyclists hear stories. Stories of brothers being thrown from a motorcycle, paralyzed or worse. I know the risks. Suddenly, I found myself in a similar circumstance.
I slid & slammed into a parked van, cracking my body in half. I was in critical condition. My spine was fractured in 4 places & I suffered multiple broken ribs in addition to a severe knee injury.
I’ve been injured before. But this was different. I’ve lived an incredibly full life with few regrets. There aren’t many things I fear, but being paralyzed & unable to care for myself is one of them.
When people ask me now how I’m doing, I say I’m OK. The pain is always there. Doing simple things that people take for granted like putting on socks, sitting in a chair, or carrying groceries is suddenly very challenging. I took myself off social media because my condition was extraordinarily painful. More importantly, I needed to focus fully on the healing process during this critical time of recovery. I promised that I would recover from this injury faster than anyone ever had. And I meant it.
Every gift, every letter, every call & message that I’ve received has been meaningful to me. I’m truly grateful for all of them. My heart is filled with gratitude.
I’m still learning my new normal. I’m recovering & growing in the process. Learning how to walk again despite the intense pain has been one of the most significant accomplishments of my life.
I’m thrilled to share with you the news that I’ll be entering the ring again March 5 to announce the World Championship fight in San Diego. Going through the ropes – as physically challenging as it will be – will mean more to me than you can imagine.
I love you all…From the bottom of my heart, thank you 🙏 ❤️👊🏼
Illustration by Dan Sites