Our “why”! Justin is remarkably resilient and strong. We could not be more happy for him. Inspirational!⛷🇺🇸 Posted @withrepost • @justin.lascek Before I got hurt, skiing was a big part of my life. When I stepped on an IED nine months ago, my life changed. I had two amputations, scrotum blown apart, three epidurals, countless pain crises, bowel impactions, raw wounds, and pissed blood. Despite the skin flaps, grafts, and agony, I told anyone that listened I'd be skiing this year.
I wish I could say something about being strong. I wish I could say "fuck the people who tried to kill me". But, it was very discouraging when we started a couple days ago. I wanted to quit.
The instructor suggested the outboard rigger hand skis, and it helps with initiating turns given the pain I have in my sockets. And when I finally cruised, I cried.
The only thing that remains is gratitude. Gratitude to be alive. Gratitude in sharing this moment with one of my best friends, who was my ski buddy before we deployed, and one of the teammates that put tourniquets on me.
There are so many beautiful things we get to do in life. Because they're normal, we may even take them for granted. Take a moment to appreciate them, and be present with them in the 'now'. And may you get to enjoy that activity or pleasantry without pain for the rest of your life.
I'm grateful I'm on my feet, and I'm finally cruisin' again. Thank you for letting me share.
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These videos are from day two.