I just realized today, that this Sunday, Feburary 26th, marked one year since I compressed 40% of my T-12 vertebra by overshooting a jump at Snoqualmie. I feel blessed that I can still ski, and have recovered to the point that I completely forgot about such a traumatic event.
As it was, I spent Sunday in complete bliss, skiing fresh powder at Mt. Baker with members of my college's ski club. It was a great day. I tried a lincoln loop, which I failed miserably, but managed to land my first 360 with a grab.
While I've managed to move on from my injury--to the point where I almost forgot about it--I'll never forget about the people who aren't so fortunate. When you spend a season in a brace, watching all your friends shred park and pow, you realize how much life sucks without skiing.
No one should have to spend their life off their boards, and if you are incapacitated to the point where you cant shred, know that I think of you every time I click into my skis or strap into my snowboard. It's my dream to be an orthopedic surgeon, and if I make it through the next 6+ years of school, I promise that skiing and snowboarding related injuries will be my focus.
Those of you who have been fortunate enough to not be injured, take some advice from me. Always speed-check your jumps, or follow behind someone who knows the right speed; always have your DIN settings adjusted correctly; don't land backseat; and no matter how proud you are, don't be afraid to ask patrol for help.
Thanks for reading,