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Thought I was Invincible

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Thought I was Invincible

I was 27 at the time and at that point, you know, it’s 27, infantry and the air borne, we pretty much think of ourselves as invincible so I didn’t think anything was going to be able to stop me. I thought I was going to bounce right back and be right at it again and then kind of reality of the doctors saying I don’t know if you’re going to walk again kind of thing let alone run or skate or do what you used to do. So and again, at 27 I kind of tried to prove the doctors wrong and they said you know I would probably walk in six to eight months and I was up on crutches in two months and three months and out of the chair and crutches for another eight months but I was back at it. I was trying as hard as I could to get back at it because I didn’t want to believe that this was going to stop me but eventually it all catches up and it did try to stop me a little bit. The one thing the doctors said to me if I wasn’t in as good a shape as I was then it would have been a lot worse and again with the rehab and willingness to get into the rehab right away and start help me on the journey to get back a lot of my strength and not just lay there and let myself heal, I was proactive in my recovery and getting to physio and in the swimming pool as quick as I could and onto a stationary bike and building strength back up again. Again I was 27 years old so at that point I thought I was invincible so nothing was going to stop me.

Being injured at 27, Mr. Feyko expresses his thoughts that no matter how serious his injury, nothing would stop his recovery.

Michael Feyko

Mr. Michael Feyko was born July 12, 1970 in Windsor, Ontario. Immediately out of high school, Mr. Feyko joined the military and held rank of private with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. He attended battle school in Wainwright, Alberta. First deploying to Norway, Mr. Feyko then continued on with tours to Cyprus and to Somalia. Realizing his true passion was to be a jumper and following his desire to gain a career with Search & Rescue, Mr. Feyko found himself back in Canada with the SkyHawks attending many air shows across the country. While in Edmonton, Mr. Feyko was involved in a parachute accident where he was left with a lifetime injury. With major injury to his body, Mr. Feyko rehabilitated himself back into civilian life and in 2000 a decision was made for medical discharge. With great determination and desire to continue life as it was prior to his injury, Mr. Feyko was inspired by the Soldier On program and assisted as coach of the Team Canada Golf Team leading them to five medals at the Invictus Games held in Toronto, Ontario September 2017. Now married and with a family, Mr. Feyko enjoys a career as a PGA golf pro and continues to train golfers who are part of Soldier On in preparing for the next Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 29, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Michael Feyko
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Airborne Regiment

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