Blind Journey Athlete Shawn Cheshire – BionicOldGuy

Journey Sports activities Journal, Feb/March 2023

This situation of Adventure Sports Journal had the inspiring story of Shawn Cheshire, an Military Vet and EMT. This can be a free journal out there in numerous locations, my native bagel store had it. In 2009 Shawn received a traumatic mind damage whereas treating a combative affected person, and ended up going blind. This led her into extreme despair. In her phrases “I had a option to make, I might both select to see the chances, make the chances, uncover the chances, or I used to be going to kill myself”. Thankfully, she selected the previous, and with assist from the Veteran’s Administration Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation center, turned herself right into a world-class journey and endurance athlete. She has raced for Group USA within the Paralympics on a tandem bike and likewise runs competitively. Much more astonishingly, she has skilled herself to trip solo on a motorcycle, and has ridden throughout the US from Oregon to Virginia, in addition to finishing the off-road 2700-mile Tour Divide that follows the Continental Divide Path from Canada to Mexico. I’ve examine doing the Tour Divide in numerous journey books together with Jill Horner’s Be Courageous, Be Sturdy: A Journey Throughout the Nice Divide. It’s a exceptional problem for anybody. However finishing it with out sight approaches unfathomable.

Shawn’s newest plan is to turn out to be the primary lady and solely the second individual with out sight to climb Mt Everest. However she is going to proceed on to climb Lhotse, thereby changing into the primary blind individual to try this back-to-back problem. I’ve little doubt she is going to accomplish this objective.

Tales like this all the time make me rethink any of my very own limitations and feeble excuses for not being extra lively.

Driving Previous the Grand Tetons on her Coast-to-Coast Journey (Journey Sports activities Journal, Feb/March 2023)

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