I came upon my own health journey after a severe motorcycle crash in August of 2010. I collided with an oncoming 18-wheeler. I was lying in a hospital bed in Denver, CO with a broken body. My left arm was shattered, my left hand paralyzed from nerve damage. As if that wasn’t enough, I also had a pelvis broken on both sides, broken right hip, ACL ripped from my femur, broken knee cap, torn rotator cuff in right shoulder, broken vertebrae, broken ribs, collapsed right lung, road rash all over my body and a concussion, My doctors all told me that my body and my life would never be the same.
By many accounts, I should not have survived. The hospital staff was calling me “The Miracle Man” because they have never seen someone survive a motorcycle collision with an oncoming 18-wheeler. Had it not been for my helmet, I most certainly would have been dead.
After a lengthy hospital stay, I found myself with a left hand that I could not use due to nerve damage in my left arm. I was in a wheel-chair. I was told that I would never gain full mobility of my left arm or full use of my left hand again.
I was told that I would probably walk with a limp for the rest of my life and eventually need a hip replacement. I was left to believe that the life I once knew was over.
I have played the piano since I was ten years old. I was the keyboard player in a band, and now I could not move my left hand. It was a 5 year journey to get my body back into a state that I could be happy with. I had many surgeries and rehabs to recover from them. In the spring of 2015, I was in severe pain in my entire body. I felt like I was an ailing 80 year old just getting out of bed in the morning. I suffered from severe heartburn, sometimes so bad, that I went to the emergency room. I was also suffering from considerable gastric & digestive distress.
I took anti-depressants & anti-inflammatory medication for the pain, to little avail. The pain in my back was so bad that I could not sit. Setting up a make-shift desk on the bar in my basement so that I could work standing up was my only option. Depression set in and I thought about just ending it all. Continuing on the way things were going was untenable. Then, instead, I thought about what I could do to eliminate the pain I was suffering and become the person that I deep down always wanted to be!
After visiting many different modalities of care-providers, they all told me different things as to the root of the problem. My General Practice MD told me to take Prilosec for the heartburn, anti-inflammatories for the pain, and anti-depressants for my depression. My Gastroenterologist told me I needed an invasive procedure to see what was causing my GERD / heartburn. I thought, “What if it’s cancer?” What if I received a prognosis that only left me with 1-2 years to live? What would I do with that time? Would I waste it on chemotherapy & feeling miserable? Or would I do something I had always dreamed of?
A massage therapist told me that muscle tension was the cause of my pain, and that 2 massage sessions per week (for life) would fix me right up.
An acupuncturist told me that energy could not travel freely in my body because my meridians were blocked. 2 sessions per week (for life) would fix me right up.
A personal trainer told me that I just needed 2-3 sessions per week of strength training to feel better.
A chiropractor showed me some X-Rays of my spine and told me that the vertebrae in my neck and back were out of alignment, and that THAT was the cause of my pain. 2 sessions per week (for life) would fix me right up!
People from all sorts of modalities were happy to take my money and treat me. They all sounded quite convincing as to what the cause was and that they had the solution. I finally shared my woes with a good friend. He told me, “Go see this guy. If he doesn’t help you, I will refund your money!”
He’d made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. The guy I went to see was a high level physical therapist (one who trains other physical therapists around the country). He also worked with professional athletes in the Denver area. His approach was different. VERY different! He told me, “We’re going to focus on you intensely and customize a protocol. Within a short period of time, (20 sessions / 2 months) you will be virtually pain free with vastly improved strength and flexibility. Furthermore, I’m going to teach you how to treat yourself so that you no longer need me. If this doesn’t happen within the given time frame, I’m going to cut you loose because I’m not going to waste your time & money if I can’t help you.” With a money-back guarantee, and the most highly-skilled physical therapist available to me, how could I lose?
Upon commencing treatment, we discovered together that I had substantially diminished internal hip rotation due to my fractured right hip and pelvis. Combined with my repaired ACL in my right knee, my gait was off, causing pain in my right ankle and foot. Over the course of the next few months, I got an honorary PHD in physical therapy techniques to increase my range of motion, strength and flexibility. I learned a routine that I still use today as maintenance and prevention, to keep me strong, flexible and virtually pain free. I was able to get back in the gym soon after starting with the physical therapist!
The next thing I did was to completely overhaul my diet and nutrition. This was considerably harder. I had cravings I could not control, no matter how much will power I employed. But…I eventually found a protocol that worked for me. For the first time in years, I simultaneously felt good both physically and mentally. I heard something a few years ago that has stuck with me, “You don’t know how bad you’ve been, until you start feeling good.” How true it is! Soon my energy was off the charts and I was unstoppable. I felt limitless! I soon thought to myself, “Holy Shit! If I could feel like this on a consistent basis, what else would be possible for me in my life? What would my new reality be? What could I accomplish?” I began to dream again, which I had all but given up on since the accident.
I decided to free myself in as many ways as I could. I was free from alcohol & drugs, free from pain medication, free from insidious food cravings, and now free to dream my biggest dreams. I began to think, “What does the BEST VERSION OF ME look like, and how do I get there?” I sought out on a journey of personal development and discovery which is now 5 years in the making. I decided to take some time away from my business. I had always wanted to take a trip around the world.
I decided to start by exploring the Andes Mountains in South America. It was during this four month excursion that I made the decision to radically change how I would live my life moving forward. I decided to sell nearly everything I own, and travel the world for a few years.
I know how daunting the prospect of making big changes can be. Transformation is hard! 15 years ago I wanted to do something completely different with my life. However, the notion of making the changes that I knew would be required was overwhelming to me. I had no hope of ever living the life that I wanted. Even back then in 2005, I thought about ending it all.
When I didn’t die, I got sober from alcohol and drugs. I have remained sober for 15 years. But getting sober was just a beginning for me. It has allowed the real transformation to take place. A transformation that expanded after the motorcycle accident truly took hold. That transformation began my journey of fitness, nutrition & health. Taking control of my health, fitness & nutrition has made such a profound difference in my life that it has allowed me to dream again. Not to just dream a little, but to dream my biggest dreams beyond what I once thought was possible for me to do with my life. My dream and mission now is to help others to radically transform their lives through Prognosis Reversal and Health Optimization.