Guest Blogger Juan Hall shares his story, that changed his life.
August 5, 2004
It was August 5, 2004, a day I’ll never forget. I worked for the Detroit Police Department, and I was having a great day at work. It was 85 degrees outside, and the birds were chirping, it was just an altogether great day. Who knew that would soon change? It was 6:00 PM, I was headed home listening to music and enjoying the beautiful day. I got home around 6:30 PM to an empty house. My wife and son were nowhere to be found. I called my wife and she answered, but something was off with us. We got into a heated argument, so I decided I was going to go for a ride on my motorcycle.
I called one of my friends from the Police Academy and we went riding along with two of his friends. We were having a good time, but in the back of my mind I could only think about the argument that my wife and I had. While riding on East Outer Drive, I passed out on my motorcycle going about 85 mph, struck the curbside, flew 134ft, hit the cemetery gate head first, bounced off that another 40ft and landed face down in the street. When I came to and heard my friend on the phone with the 911 operator, I told him to tell them that I was a police officer so that they could hurry up.
The first few weeks in the hospital I don’t remember. Around week 3, I was more aware of my health condition. I was told that I was paralyzed from the chest down and would never walk again. I was hospitalized for a total of 9 months including rehabilitation. I was also told that people with my level of injury only live around 5 years after the injury. I dropped into a deep depression. Not only am I paralyzed, but my wife now wants a divorce. My life had made a turn for the worst, but you know what they say, “it gets bad before it gets better”.
Now here is the better, on April 5, 2013 I remarried and soon after that I got back into sports. I have since competed in over 10 track and field competitions, (club throw). I’m featured in Sports N’ Spokes Magazine, and I have been on 97.1 sports radio. I am currently training to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan and still happily married.