I had two options

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agri.CULTURE Posted on Jan 30, 2018
“I started this business last spring, right before hayin’ season. I started out peaking stacks then started getting calls to load trucks. Things are just moving along, which is good. I bought this JCB telehandler with a big bale grappler. I drive a T800 Kenworth with a ramp bed on it, makes me a lot more mobile.

Now it’s just keeping everything up and rollin’, keeping everybody happy. The biggest thing is to try and fit everybody in on one day when they all want to load and get on the road. The timing of it can be a real challenge.

I had a bronc riding accident April 19, 2014. They told me I’d never move from the neck down again. I spent 10 days in ICU and the month of May learning to feed myself and start walking again. I’ve got 6 screws, two plates in the front of my spine from C-4 to C-6. They actually found a previous break on C-7 so I’d already broke my neck once before and didn’t even know it.

I lost most of the muscle on the whole right side of my body. I keep working on stretching all the time to build back some muscle. It was a couple of months before I could do much. I went from 190 pounds to 140 in less than two months, losing that much muscle.

It was three weeks after I found out I was having a daughter that I got hurt. Lying in the hospital, ya kinda get your priorities straightened out. The way I look at it, I had two options: sit there and become an employee of the state and feel sorry for myself or get up and get going again. I said the heck with all you guys, I’ll prove all you wrong, and I did. I used to haul hay, but now I load trucks and still farm a little with my Dad. I used to ride bulls, but this happened on a horse. Maybe I should have stayed on bulls.”
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