So this is actually regarding DH mountain biking but it definitely applies to skiing too...
I fractured my neck C4&5 along with my T1 in Canada in September, on a stupid drop with not enough speed. Flew over the handlebars and landed on my head. Full on Jerry of the day stuff.
Luckily for me I had no deficits, I actually walked into the hospital with a very sore and stiff neck. However, I was amazingly lucky to avoid the wheelchair, it was actually quite a nasty break, really messed it all up.
I flew back to the UK and thankfully they decided against surgery and the healing is going well. It's been around 10 weeks and I am spending most of the day now without my aspen collar and have good range of movement.
Now I've got to decide what my ski season will look like and should I get out on the bike again soon. On the one hand, these sports are what I live for and I can't imagine never doing it again. On the other - I've been given a second chance here and maybe I shouldn't throw it away by doing something stupid again. My neck bones are likely never going to be as strong as they once were and one silly crash 'could' put in a wheelchair, is it worth it? One thing I want to point out, I'm not sure if I even want to ski or bike if I can't send it - it's in my nature to push myself and just cruising around the blue runs at 26 years old (peak age) doesn't seem that appealing. Maybe I should take this year off, but I'm already depressed and miserable sitting around at home in the UK watching the snow fall around the world, especially the resort I was planning on instructing at this season in Canada.
I'm at crossroad now. Has anyone been through this thought process? I.e. the emotional, decision making side of it?
I need advice.