One moment can change your life.
From full mobility to decades of pain, Kyle knows what it is like to live in chronic pain from a decades-old injury.
When I almost broke my neck, it was incredibly traumatic. I truly thought my life was over. I was even on the way to being in a wheelchair for the remainder of my life.
It was 1986 when I enrolled in a mixed martial arts class, an interest I had for a while. I was practicing three to five hours each day learning how to fight with six other black belts all at the same time. As I rapidly progressed, I had dreams of participating professionally, but, unfortunately, mixed martial arts was not popular or common then like it is today.
One day, I was practicing with a friend and former wrestler when he said he would teach me a wrestling trick. Typically, in the beginning of a new move, you will walk through it slowly for safety. However, my friend had a different plan.
As soon as I got on all four knees on the ground, he tucked me towards the ground head-first. Because I was not prepared or knew what was going to happen from the start, I had no way to soften the blow. As my head hit the mat, I felt a buzzing sensation throughout my entire body and immediately was unable to move.
The pain was excruciating.
I was terrified. I thought I would never walk again, and that day would be my last day having full mobility.
Slowly, the sensation lessened, and I could rotate my neck slightly. However, I had a knot in my neck for the next several decades that kept me from turning my head to the right.
I had to quit the sport I loved most, martial arts. I had headaches, migraines, and a rapid decline in my physical and mental health.
An injury as extreme as that is absolutely terrifying, and can instantly steal the life you want to live. That is exactly where I was.
After decades, I found hope in a lifelong solution. Check out my other videos to see how!