When taken to the hospital, Miles was offered surgery with A 50% rate of success and a 50% chance of paralysis. Miles did not want to gamble with his life and chose to heal the best he could on his own, without surgery. After he spent some time recovering, he went back to work as a welder in the military. He couldn’t continue for long, the amount of movement was too much stress on his back. Finding a job that would accommodate his injuries became difficult, so Miles decided to take a step back and try to heal further.
Miles became the primary caretaker of his children since he was at home, he was happy to be with his family and keep busy. As his children became older and took care of themselves Miles started to feel restless. “I was like a broken record. I would complain about the same things over and over again. I was getting tired of it. I needed something new.” Miles said. He felt weighed down and stagnant. He had been out of the workforce for seven years, in his words “it felt like time had melted together.” His final push to him starting to look for work again was the rent going up in his home during the Covid pandemic.
HopeWorks was something he found online and decided to give it a try. In the classroom, Miles was described as a punctual, easygoing person with a quiet sense of humor. He was praised for how humble he was. He never boasted and allowed people to learn, even if he already knew what people were being taught. Miles is easy to work with and his trainers in the program endorsed his ability to work well with a team. Miles is now looking forward to getting back into school. He wants to pursue a career in physical therapy to be able to help people who were in similar situations to him. Miles had this bit of advice to give to anyone wanting to join our program. “Don’t stop, get in and graduate if you can. There is no reason not to.”
Congratulations Miles for graduating from our program!