It has to take incredible courage to process a challenge like losing a limb in war. Stories abound from young men and women returning from the battlefield who stepped on a mine, who were ambushed, or their vehicle blasted out from underneath them. For some, the moment is frozen in time and they cannot shed it. For others, they don’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital without all their parts.
To take in that realization, and then go on to perform as a star athlete is, to this author, unimaginable. The incredible strength and perseverance to go on with life and then for some, to further demonstrate their zeal for life in their high level of participation in sports, is mind blowing.