My dream as a child was to follow in my father's footsteps and become a career firefighter. After years of success in the retail field and becoming unhappy with my career choices I was living with regret.
I finally decided to pusue my dream at the age of 37. After trying for 7 years I got the job, but there was still recruit school to complete. At the end of week 1, while doing pullups during physical training, I felt a pop in my shoulder and my arm went numb. I finished the day, but realized something wasn't right on the way home.
I visited our workman's comp physician the next morning and after an MRI I was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Davis. I fully expected Dr. Davis to tell me I would need to have surgery, but he felt physical therapy was the best option if I wanted to get into another school and finish anytime soon.
Unsure of how effective physical therapy would be I pressed forward. I was struggling with the feeling of failure and uncertainty, but used it as motivation. I hit the therapy hard and decided to drop weight. 40 pounds later I was released and started recruit school again in September, 2016. Leaning on my new brothers and dealing with a little discomfort at times, I successfully completed the hardest thing I've ever had to force myself to complete. MY dream is now a reality....I am a FIREFIGHTER!