Local kiteboarder fights back after serious injury
Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a story that ran in the January 2015 edition of ServeDaily.
After waking up from the coma, I was in the Rehab Clinic for six weeks. A total of two months had gone by since I had the accident and I was being released from the hospital. Then began the life recovery process.
I worked with Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo and Physical Therapist Shane Rosenberg and continued my fight to walk. When I left the hospital I could only walk a few feet unaided. Now it was all up to me and my attitude was I must do it!
Over the next year, I progressively improved my walking. Goal number one: I walked from the front door of my house to the end of the block. Goal number two, I walked around the block and then around my neighborhood. Later, I finally reached my goal of one mile. My next major goal was to reach three miles, which took another year.
Then another shift in the plans occurred. I had what I thought was an ab-
scessed tooth and went to the dentist. The dentist took X-rays, sent me to see a specialist and they did a biopsy. Then life dealt me yet another wonderful hand - a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. No way could this be happening to me after what I have just been through. I wanted to be sure and had a second biopsy on my jaw. The same result!
I immediately got into cancer treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. The next six months were filled with infusion visits to the HCI Chemotherapy Clinic and then a couple of months of radiation treatment back at UVRMC. I was told that my chemotherapy side effects would include night sweats, nausea and a severe fever. However, God spared me having to suffer these effects, but I did lose all my hair. Nine months later, I finished the treatment process and began the waiting game of remission. Year one went by and no re-growth of the cancer. Year two, same result and the cancer is now gone and I am in complete remission. It was time to get goal-focused again. The winter of 2013 marked a huge advancement for me. I got back on a kiteboard on the snow and started to re-train my muscles to be capable of handling the forces of kiteboarding again. I was able to move back to the water in the summer of 2014.
Early in 2014, I started athletic training with Elevated CrossFit. I shared my story and goal of recovery with coaches Tyson Henrie, Braden Jenkins and Alan Perkes. They designed a program of modified exercises for my abilities and I am improving my balance and strength.
I have been inspired to share my story and help others through giving positive inspiration. My next goal is to motivate and inspire others to achieve their goals and dreams. I will continue to reach for new goals and motivate others to “Do it!” Whatever your dreams are, you can do it! You must do it!
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Darren Sayers snow kiting at Skyline Drive, Utah