New Year, New Challenge!
December 2015: Coming home from work on my bicycle, I got into a serious accident. A car ahead of me turned left at the last second. I braked as hard as I could but it was too late. The impact was violent: my head hit the side of the car, destroying my jaw and a dozen of my teeth.
I woke up a week later in intensive care at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), hooked up to multiple devices. By some small miracle, the surgeons managed to reconstruct my jaw without having to graft bone from my leg or my shoulder blade. On my first day back at home, I was already back on my stationary bicycle, despite my remaining injuries and my neck brace.
As of Spring 2019, I am now able to bite into an apple and I want to give back to the people who have helped me. My goal is to turn this experience into something positive and concrete.
Last year, I completed my first Ironman (3.8 km swim, 180 km bicycle ride and 42.2 km run) at Mont-Tremblant. I paired this challenge to a fundraising campaign, raising money for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic. Its team has been with me every step of the way since my accident, they are the ones who rebuilt my jaw and it is thanks to them that I will soon be able to put this accident behind me.
New year, new challenge! In Montreal, on the week-end of September 7-8, I will compete in a half-Ironman competition (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike ride and 21.1 km run) on Saturday followed by an Olympic distance (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run) on Sunday.
Did You Know?
The MUHC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic, based at the Montreal General Hospital, offers leading-edge care to thousands of patients and is entrusted to treat some of the most complex cases in the province and beyond. It has developed specialty programs in the treatment and diagnosis of oral cancer, comprehensive facial trauma and complex facial reconstruction.