Josh The MonoSkier
On April 18, 2011, in Sangin Afghanistan, while on a routine patrol, I stepped on an improvised explosive device and was seriously wounded. The Marines around me and the Navy Corpsman who was on patrol that day was quick to respond and began work on my body within seconds after the blast. He put two tourniquets on my left leg, two on my right leg, and one on my left arm to stop the bleeding. A British helicopter picked me up near where I was injured and they began trauma surgery the moment we left the ground.
The most important thing that had ever happened in my life happened next. I fell to my face in the presence of God and when I was asked if I was ready to be judged for the deeds of my life, I begged God to give me another chance at life, that I knew I could do more. When I woke up from my drug induced coma I knew I was living my second life and things had to be different. Over the next few months I was in and out of surgery and learning to cope with my new body. I had lost both legs above the knee, three fingers on my left hand, and many other bits and pieces of my body inside and out. But I had gained a righteous fear of God and a testimony to tell everyone of how God works in our lives and that there is a judgment day when we all have to account for what we have done in our lives.
Today I am skiing professionally, representing the United States again, but in a different way. This season I participated in X-games, World Cup Finals, U.S. Speed Nationals, and U.S. Tech Nationals. I have also recently made the US Paralympics Alpine National Team. My ultimate goal is to participate and win at the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This goal will not be easy or cheap, but I know that with your support, we can bring the gold back to America.