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I cannot walk, but I'm trying to learn again. 
Posted on May 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM.
On March 14th, I was hit by a minivan on the street in front of my house. The individuals that did this have not been identified or even caught. This was done on purpose, they actually hopped the curb to hit me. This incident has been covered by the news agencies in Toronto extensively. This "accident" left me with a broken L2 vertebrae and nerve damage. At this time I am unable to walk.
I am currently living at Lyndhurst Rehab Center, where I am learning how to walk again. This has been a difficult 10 weeks for me. My wife, witnessed the accident, has looked after me for the past 10 weeks and taken on all the household responsibilities. For me, not being able to move my legs is difficult. I have been athletic my whole life and I am a Phys'ed teacher. So, being active is a major part of my life. During this time, I have lost 30 pounds of muscle mass due to muscle attraphy.
Due to all of this, my sister has started a fund raiser for me and a website to help me (www.getmikewalking.com). I just thought I would put this out into the OS community to check out. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and thank you very much if you check out the website.

Michael
Comments
# 1 bigdoc85 @ May 27
Mike:

Sorry to hear about this. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
 
# 2 mike24forever @ May 27
Thank you. The prayers are what keep me going.
 
# 3 jmik58 @ May 27
I pray you find peace and understanding in all circumstances.
 
# 4 bronco92 @ May 27
Thanks for sharing your story Mike. OS has donated $50. Best of luck. Keep us updated.
 
# 5 Birdssince78 @ May 27
Hope you have a full recovery and they find the scumbag who did that
 
# 6 mike24forever @ May 27
Bronco92 thank you from the bottom of my heart! I do not have the words to thank you appropriately. Just know that I am working hard to get better everyday.

To everyone else, thank you for your prayers and well wishes.

If anyone is interested in the whole story, Google "teacher egged". Funny title, however not a funny event. There you will find the new sources story about what happened to me!
 
# 7 Houndy @ May 28
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...r-injured.html

Just read the article, hopeful that the punks get caught. Wish you for a speedy recovery, and that you CAN walk again, it's just a matter of time.
 
# 8 AussieChiefsFan @ May 28
Mike, I hope you recover very soon and have satisfaction of finding the a-hole that did this.
 
# 9 mike24forever @ May 28
Just a little update. I was standing a lot today. I fell like I will be walking by the end of June!
 
# 10 ffyfe7 @ May 29
I know how you feel, I have Cerebral Palsy which affects my legs. I underwent an operation at age 8 where they broke every bone in both my legs and rearranged muscles. I had to learn how to walk again, it took two years but now at age 17 I play baseball and I am quite active.

It's through these sorts of events that we become stronger individuals and learn to not take things for granted. I hope you are able to recover and come back stronger both physically and mentally.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong
 
# 11 mike24forever @ May 29
^thanks man. Your story gives me hope! I want to get back to being active again.
 
# 12 DJ @ May 29
Well, that's just awful. Here's to you being able to walk (and more) again.
 
# 13 fsufan4423 @ May 29
Wow! Amazing how people like this get away. I wish you the best in your recovery.
 
# 14 Bmore @ May 30
Sorry to hear about this.

I know what it's like to lose the ability to walk. I have Muscular Dystrophy and have been unable to walk for the past 6 years. It's one of the most devastating things that has happened to me in my 27 years on this earth. I've grown to accept it, but it was a struggle for a long time.

Keep you're head up and stay positive.
 
# 15 mike24forever @ May 30
52, thanks brother. You keep fighting yourself. My struggle pales in comparison to you.
 

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