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Four Years Later – A Letter From Our Founder

A day that could have ended him turned into the day that life began for Alec “Mickey” McMorris. After being hit by a truck on a major freeway going 80+mph and being thrown 30 feet into the median, Alec suffered many severe injuries, the biggest being his leg. Four days after the accident his leg was infected to the point that doctors felt that the best option was to amputate his leg above the knee. Alec worked hard to keep this injury from becoming a limitation to his everyday life. It has been four years since his accident, and it has not been a walk in the park. While physical wounds heal, he has learned, sometimes the hard way, to work through the emotional trauma that accompanies an accident.

From Mick:
Four years has been more difficult than I would have admitted a year ago. I hit rock bottom a time or two. The hardest thing for me has always been accepting when I’m not okay, even if it is evident that I’m not. I’ve had to learn and grow up a lot in the last year.

Today I was speaking to a high school health class. One of the girls asked me “How does it feel to be 25?”. At first, I didn’t know how to answer. “I dunno? It feels good?” I laughed. But then I started thinking about my birthday. As you grow up your birthday just means less. But the last four years its turned into a big reflection time. As I’m sure, it is for most. But the two weeks between the 15th-30th, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’ve done to get better since losing my leg. And I’ll be honest, 25 feels good.

A year ago I was finally feeling like myself again. I was genuinely happy. I wanted to get up and do things. I started looking for opportunities to interact with other people. I was back coaching and feeling good about doing it every day. Before I just wasn’t busy. I worked twice a week and coached a few hours a night. This year is different – wanting to be working but not having anything to do. I never thought I’d get that feeling. But it was hard feeling like I wasn’t productive.

I’ve worked hard to get healthy physically. Taking the time to exercise regularly and be more conscious about what I put into my body. And I’ve worked hard to get healthy mentally. Sorting through my barriers and working through them. It takes a lot of work and sometimes I’ve had to reach to others for help, which is something I’ve learned to be proud of. Now I am working hard to get back to being a productive adult. Twenty-five feels good! I feel like I’m finally making strides to reach that goal. I’m not perfect. And I understand that I don’t have to be perfect, to achieve my goals. I just have to work hard each day to get a little bit closer.

Attitude and Effort. I know that sounds corny. But positivity is key folks! I feel so much better about myself, and whatever it is that is that I’m doing; if I’m looking for the positive in it. Rather than the negative. And when I’m giving it my best effort, I’m more proud of what I accomplished. Twenty-five feels good because I feel good about what I did when I was 24. But I know 25 is going to be so much better. Because of my attitude and effort.

I’m thankful for what I have today. And the lessons I’ve learned from the losses I’ve taken. I genuinely want to be a better person every day, and learn from the mistakes I make. And will continue to make. I want to bring others around me up. I hope to help them realize what they can do. I want to help them to trust in their magic. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point. But I believe it starts with a positive attitude.

I’m grateful in my circumstances. And believe 25 is going to be my best… until 26.


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