Up till now in my own personal journey, I’ve shared that my PTSD crash came abt partially from the loss of 3 dear friends, unexpectedly, all w/in a short time frame. Bc of the pain from each, I haven’t talked much abt those friends. It’s time to start opening up.
The first to pass was my buddy Scott “Bubba” Pollock. Right out of college, I decided to join a volunteer group: “The Junior Committee for the @hspecialsurgery.”
Our role was to spend time w children who had musculoskeletal deformities & to coordinate fundraisers on their behalf so that they could afford to go to a summer camp that catered their special needs.
The first time I met Bubba, our committee was brought to the camp to meet some of the campers & get a tour. “Randomly,” tho it was anything but, I was paired up w Scott. Born w no arms, & underdeveloped legs, this 16yr old had the charisma of a gospel preacher. He moved himself arnd on a motorized wheelchair, controlled by his foot alone. He took me to the camp b-ball courts & showed me how he learned to dribble a b-ball w his feet, hold the ball up to his chin, drop it down back to his foot, & kick it IN the hoop. He was def the athlete of the camp.
When it came time for campers to go on-stage & intro themselves, not surprisingly, Bubba stole the show w his comedy act. He was special...& prob the first person I’d ever met who taught me - we can overcome any disabilities/challenges.
We shared a love for the @nba
& the @nyknicks
& so even after the summer, we became close friends & would talk often. We actually got pretty close, like a brother...& I loved his parents & sister.
Fast forward to January of the following yr, & Bubba’s dad asked if I’d come back to LI (I was living in NYC in a tiny apt (➡️pic slides for remainder).
The Global MH Movement to normalize the conversation. Until we acknowledge we all face challenges, even at different levels, & that those challenges affect our MH, we can’t come together to change the paradigm. This is a #5in5
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