Rohan Jones came to Canada from Jamaica as an angry young man. That got him into trouble when an argument in a bar went bad. He was stabbed twice and shot nine times.
Pat Sherwood met Jones at a Level 1 Trainer Course in Canada and sat down to hear his story.
After the attack, most of Jones’ lower body was affected by the wounds, and he faced a long road back to recovery.
“I was just a 28-year-old guy in half a body,” he said.
Months after the injury, parts of his body started to recover, but he still couldn’t walk. After a period of rehab and reflection, Jones got past that problem, too.
“All these muscles might come back,” Jones thought, and indeed they did even though he was told to accept that he wouldn’t walk again. Small toe movements turned into larger movements, and eventually, a year after the injuries, Jones was on his feet again.
And now he’s doing CrossFit. At the Level 1, he went for his first run since 2005, and he can’t wait to see what CrossFit will do for his body in the future.
“Those natural movements that we’ve done all our lives, that is what’s going to bring me back maybe 70 percent of what I had before. I’m hoping, on top of using CrossFit for my physical wellness and my mental wellness, I’m hoping that I can use this and pass it on to children, mainly adolescents that feel as if they have nowhere to turn.”
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Additional reading: Lessons Learned by Pat Sherwood, published Feb. 6, 2012.