Keng Cheah Inspirational Award
I was involved in an auto-motorcycle accident back in 2013. A drunk driver ran me over from the rear while I was waiting to turn left on a motorcycle at a stoplight. My left foot got caught underneath the tire of his F150 truck, which resulted in a shattered ankle joint and broken fibula/tibia. The driver who hit me drove off but was apprehended by the Washington State trooper a few moments later. I was prepping for a local bodybuilding show when the accident happened. Both the doctors at St Joseph Medical Tacoma and Harborview Medical performed a total of 9 surgeries on my left foot. Seven small cleaning preventive surgeries and two major ones. An internal fixation of titanium plate and twelve screws were inserted into my ankle and a patch of skin was taken from my left thigh for a skin graft. I tried to maintain my physique while staying almost 2 months at the hospital. My buddy brought me some elastic bungee so that I can tie it to the hospital bed and get some pump. The recovery and rehab process took awhile since the ligaments and tendons took a hard hit, and they heal a lot slower then the broken joints/bones. I was able to progress from crutches to walking with a cane after 5 months. My body shrunk down to an all-time low weight and there was a point where I actually thought about giving up competitive bodybuilding. I went to the 2013 Emerald Cup in Bellevue WA and that event sparked up my interest on lifting weights seriously again. I had my final surgery in 2015 where the doctors took out the plate and screws from my ankle. I told myself that I will step on stage again within the next 3 years once I recover. Although there is still pain most of the time and I walk with a noticeable limp, I decide to train hard to compete for this year’s 2018 NPC Washington State bodybuilding show. This will be my first time ever participating in NPC federation. I would like people to realize that sometimes in life we often get hit by a big obstacle or barrier. This can be physical,financial, relationship,mental etc. The most important thing is to evaluate life and identify the obstacles, then make up small and big goals to conquer them. It will take time and persistence, but well worth everything in the end. Lost time is not retrievable so we might as well make the best of what we have. Thank you for reading my story. I look forward to having an awesome time on stage.
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