06 Apr Jesse Graham From The US Air Force Inspires Us With His Perseverance
Jesse Graham is nothing short of a true inspiration and a living example of a fighter. First, he set off his life spending as long as 15 years in the US Air Force serving his country until an unfortunate snowboarding accident changed everything. The incident left him with a C7 Spinal Cord Injury, and yet that failed to put his spirit down.
Despite his limitations, he continues to enjoy playing sports and lives a life actively as he used to. This C7 Spinal Cord Injury patient joined activities and teams such as the wheelchair basketball team, wheelchair track and field, wheelchair rugby, hand cycling, shooting, and swimming, in all, refusing to let the wheels stop him.
“None of us expected to be in a wheelchair. This was not my plan, but I will not miss out of life,” he said.
Now this 34-year-old man, Jesse underwent the Epidural Stimulation Procedures with Unique Access Medical in Bangkok, Thailand where a stimulating device was implanted on his Lumbar Spinal Cord region. It enabled him to enjoy some voluntary movements, and with extensive Rehabilitation sessions, learn to control them.
Following the surgery and a speedy recovery, Jesse began his Rehabilitation Therapy. He can now stand up with assistance and bend his knees voluntarily. Jesse will continue to persevere with his Rehabilitation sessions as he excitedly awaits to see further improvements to his condition.
The extraordinary story of Jesse Graham whose a C7 Spinal Cord Injury patient and an athlete at the same time, is extremely crucial- not only to those with the same condition, but to all whose spirit and attitude could never compete with that of his.
“I have met completely able people who are more handicapped than me and less functional people who function more than me. You can accomplish anything you want, if you put your mind to it. Your motivation doesn’t come from your legs. The motivation doesn’t come from your physical ability. It comes from up here (points to his head). No matter what happens in life, you don’t give up. You keep pushing. As long as I am breathing, I will keep pushing myself to be the best I can be. That will never change,” he said.
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