Nick is ridiculously blessed and he knows it. He says so every day, whether he’s referring to the fundraising done for him, or the love he shares with me, or the function he is regaining in his legs. Despite having a shitty year, he knows how incredibly lucky he is.
Nick is not fully healed, but he’s ready to give back. An injured jumper he’s never met has turned to Nick for advice, guidance, and a sympathetic ear. They’ve talked and texted a few times. Nick is finding meaning in his own life through helping another person.
Two days ago, Nick got a surprise call from his ER nurse at the County Hospital. Tommy was our favorite nurse, and the one who brought Nick and Yuri together for a visit. Nick wants to do peer-visits at hospitals and rehabs for new amputees and spinal cord injury patients, so Tommy is looking into finding a program for Nick to participate in. If there is no program, they might create one.
The support Nick received from other people with similar injuries is priceless. He turned to our friend Micah for advice about his spinal cord injury. We were visited several times by amputees. Jay, a double amputee for over 20 years, came to our home shortly after getting out of the hospital. I still find inspiration from that brief visit, harnessing the vision of living a life unaffected by our current emotional ups and downs.
If you know of someone with a recent spinal cord injury or amputation, please feel comfortable sending them our way. Nick would love the opportunity to serve.