Today we’d like to introduce you to Ty Duckett.
Ty, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The rumor circulating is that the disabled community is very warm & welcoming, and I was able to confirm this rumor in recent years. I received my membership to the community about five years ago on an awesomely unforgettable night when I was riding my motorcycle through the streets of downtown LA.
As I was accelerating through a newly illuminated green light, a guy in a truck hastily accelerated through the intersection where both the Yellow & Red lights were imploring him to obey traffic laws And slow down before he kills someone… or tragically alters their life forever. This truck collided with me and as a result, I had to have my left leg amputated above the knee. It was in that moment my application and membership card to the disabled community were accepted and forged with metal.
Where I’m at today, figuratively, is a stark difference from my state on that fateful night on the streets on downtown LA. The metamorphosis that occurred was no easy feat but it occurred due to support of family and friends.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey has been interesting. I’ve been totally blown away by the kindness of human beings, both in and out of the differently abled community. Though I’ve met awesome people that inspire me to live my best new life, the road was chock full of struggles, obstacles, with steep & slippery learning curves… and I had to hop to it. Physically, the pain is immobilizing and completely halts and progress or productivity. Simple tasks like just getting in the bed or just getting up to go to the bathroom at one point was a huge undertaking because one has to maneuver with this new life with one less limb. Also, the mental aspect of it all is heavy, and I needed and still require help with this heavy lifting. Support from family, friends, and yourself is key to tackling life’s obstacles.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, the focus is to provide services and connections where none exist or could use some strengthening. What we’re most proud of is the impact we would have on the disabled community as well as the individual lives of each person whose a member or is connected to a member. Our distinguishing characteristics simply point out that we’re focused on assisting where help is needed most & we’re providing positive examples of people overcoming adversity despite the hand dealt.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I wish I never went out for a ride that fateful night. If I could do it all over since the event, I would document everything and go to every event I was able to attend. It’s in these activities where I found the pathway to my new life, road to recovery and a distraction from the chronic pain.
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