At Prois, we have always been amazed, humored and touched by the stories of the women we have met through our journeys. As well, we have always felt that it is the sisterhood of like-minded women out there that make this company what it is. It is our pleasure and honor to introduce Gina McLeod- an amazing young lady with an incredible story of grit and triumph. Gina will be hosting her own blogspot with Prois Hunting Apparel…Grabbing Life by the Horns.
Grabbing Life by the Horns…
By: Gina McLeod
Every since I was a little girl, I was an outdoors girl. I had holes in my jeans, dirt on my face, and twigs in my hair. Ok, so maybe I was considered a hellion. While growing up I always had my love for horses and four-wheeling. As a teenager, my boyfriend introduced me to the world of hunting. Because my boyfriend, who is now my husband, was an outfitter I quickly got acquainted with the hunting lifestyle and grew to love it. I would go hiking and scouting with him and then eventually started carrying my own rifle. Eventually, this led to me going out to get a kill of my own.
Well, with hunting also came my love for dirt biking which gave me a great adrenaline rush. This is where this story really begins…. On September 21st, 2008 I was out with my best friend having a great day riding our dirt bikes when tragedy struck and I had a life changing accident. I shattered my T-4 and T-5 vertebrae in my back. I was 24 yrs old and paralyzed from my chest down. The doctor informed me I would never be able to walk again. Well okay, he gave me a 1% chance. I was hospitalized for 3 months and fought with many of the doctors because they were so pessimistic. They continued to tell me I was in denial because I had it in my head I was going to walk again no matter what any of them told me.
I have fought from the beginning and I am still fighting. I can gladly say much of my feeling has returned and I do have some movement in my legs. I work out every day and every month I can see small improvements. The year after my accident I finally went back out hunting with my husband and killed my first buck! As I grabbed onto those antlers I thought “now this is a rush I haven’t felt in a long time”.
Just to be back doing something outdoors again and feeling that adrenaline rush, it was amazing. I am not satisfied where I am at, which is in a wheelchair, and won’t be satisfied until I’m out of my chair. However, I have found that keeping a little bit of my old hobbies in my life has helped tremendously. I definetly do not take my life for granted now and can see things in a whole new perspective. I am grabbing life by the horns….
Gina and Levi McLeod continue to live in the Colorado mountains. Levi owns and operates the Homestead Ranch and Black Mesa Lodge in Crawford, Colorado. http://www.homesteadranch.com