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8 years after back injury

Vanishe187

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So it's been about 8 Years now since my back injury. I have learned a lot about my body since then. I suffered a lower back Injury to my L4,L5,S1 along with some nerve damage. When I 1st hurt myself I didn't think I had much of a chance to get back outdoors, like I use to. I actually came across Randy Newberg's show when I had originally had my injury and was watching lots of tv. His will power and determination, despite his liver issues is what inspired Me. My end goal was to be able to someday pack hunt. It was many years of extreme pain, and hardwork getting to that point. I will admit sometimes I felt like just giving up and accepting my limits and disability. However I just new I wouldn't be satisfied until I finished my goal. After several years of hardwork, I was able to hike again. Took awhile before I could comfortably carry a pack. I did lots of research and settled of course on a mystery ranch, needed to be like the "man" Randy Newberg. I finally past 2 years actually carried out some game with the pack, and had almost no problems. Its been an incredible journey for me. From going to not being able to walk or stand much. To not even being able to pull my bow back due to extreme pain. It's been a crazy journey I think proves how powerful and healing the outdoors can be. I truly only wanted to be able to chase my passion again which is the outdoors. I can honestly say Randy was my inspiration and hope to not give up. This has been a life changing experience. I do plan on going out again this year. I lucked out and got another elk and deer hunt. Hopefully this year I get my bull finally. I hope to continue posting here, hopefully I can inspire someone else to not give up. I plan on writing a story about my hunts from now on. I just hope more people with injuries get out there and try to enjoy nature again. I feel blessed I was given another shot at being able to chase my passion again. It's a long hard journey, and I definitely wanted to quit a lot throughout this journey. I do live in NM and hunt the rugged Gila National Forest. It's definitely not forgiving and has no care of your injury or restrictions. I think that environment has made me a stronger person. You have to be tough to live and succeed in these mountains. Hopefully I will have some great stories, and even better pictures soon. Thanks for reading my long story.
 

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Good on you. I put a bunch of hairline fractures up and down my spine when I was 12. Led to scoliosis and kyphosis and a lifetime of mild to moderate back pain. Definitely kicks up when packing an elk quarter. Sounds like your injury was way worse. Hope to see some good pictures from your season.
 

Vanishe187

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Yeah I don't have much issues till after the pack out. I am hopeful I will get something this year. Its always fun and a challenge seeing what my limits will be that day. I'm sure others with back issues deal with the same stuff I do. I will say a great fitting pack helps a ton. I hope to do some scouting this weekend if it's not raining too much.
 

fwagner

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Train your "core".... and then train your "core" some more. Dr Staurt McGill has great books out on the topic. But before you start training, educate yourself on what "core" is, that's the part that self promoters like Elkshape fail to establish.
 

Vanishe187

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Train your "core".... and then train your "core" some more. Dr Staurt McGill has great books out on the topic. But before you start training, educate yourself on what "core" is, that's the part that self promoters like Elkshape fail to establish.
That's a huge part of my training. Use to fight pro muay thai so I have always been big on core work. Also cardio is huge for me.
 
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