More Joy Than He Could Imagine
When he was 32, Peter Morton, now 49, was chief financial officer of a brokerage operations company in Minneapolis, Minn. A bike ride gone awry changed all of that when he broke his neck at C3-4 with neurological damage up to the C2 level, leaving him ventilator dependent. “The path was so difficult during those first few years,” he says. “Looking back, sometimes I am amazed that I made it through.”
A healthy family and friends support network were indispensable to Morton. “I had and still have great friends, a supportive family and a loving girlfriend who stuck by me through those difficult times.” In fact, one of the most beautiful things to happen because of his injury was the relationship between him and his girlfriend, which — against all odds — grew stronger.
“We both decided to start our relationship over and take it one day at a time,” says Morton, describing how they were able to make the transition as a couple into spinal cord injury territory. “Fortunat