On September 4th, 2015, Cregg Jones of Milwaukee, Wisconsin had planned a mini road trip with his friends to Minnesota on his motorcycle. Join as we hear his first-hand experience of that fateful day.
“The weather was gorgeous; I remember it like it was yesterday. An hour and a half away from our destination, I was hit on my bike by a car going 60 mph. I don’t remember the accident, but I remember waking up seeing people looking down at me, telling me to be still and not to move. I didn’t feel anything. My body was in shock. Next thing I know, a helicopter was landing next to the scene. I thought to myself “Why would they land so close?” Then it dawned on me that they were there for me. Once on board, the medic told me right away that they were going to have to amputate or that I was going to bleed out. My response was, “Go ahead and take it, just get me home to my boys.”
“I had just turned 40 that summer. The road to recovery was a long one. I didn’t know how I was going to handle being like this. What I did know is that I didn’t want to be confined to a wheelchair and that I was going to walk again. After months of rehab and finding the right prosthetist to fit me, I was back to work. I worked at a forging company in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I worked in shipping, the laboratory, and also on the line setting cores so that the metal could be poured”.
“I never wanted to quit! I started building a custom motorcycle so I could continue to do what I loved to do and that was ride”.
“SRT has helped me to be comfortable in the prosthesis that I have. Whenever I had a minor issue with fitting, the problem was addressed right away”.
“Lastly, to anyone going through limb loss, whether through a traumatic experience or due to medical conditions, just remember this… you woke up today! That right there is a blessing. Will you have bad days? Absolutely! Will you feel like giving up? Sure. Talking about your feeling helps a lot, and if you don’t have anyone to talk with, write your feelings in a journal. Know that you are not alone and that it’s not uncommon to feel sorry for yourself. Each day will be a daily fight, but you will be closer to glory each day. If you want it bad enough, you can achieve anything”.