There’s a 28-year-old guy in Missouri named Michael Bigogno who played multiple sports growing up, and went to college on a baseball scholarship.
But right after his junior year in 2012, he borrowed a friend’s skateboard and had a bad accident that almost killed him. He fell turning a corner, the left side of his head hit a curb and he ended up with a serious blood clot called a subdural hematoma.
Doctors put him in a medically induced coma for two-and-a-half weeks, and had to remove a large section of his skull because of the swelling. At that point, they only gave him a 10% chance of surviving.
Once he was out of the woods, he had to do a ton of physical therapy almost every day for several months.
Plus his memory was shot, so he could only remember things for about five minutes at first.
But after about a year, he made a full recovery.
He went back and finished school and now works as a gym teacher in St. Louis
On top of all that he just finished his first IRONMAN race about a week-and-a-half ago.
That’s where you swim two-and-a-half miles, ride a bike 112 miles and then run a full 26-mile marathon. He finished in 14 hours and 38 minutes.
He says he never looks back or asks why it all happened to him. He just keeps moving forward and never takes a single day for granted.