Kale Hyder works in an investment bank. In this interview, we discuss how his life 7 years ago changed on a dime: a rare spinal inflammation led an aspiring high school basketball player to have to deal with becoming quadriplegic. We talk about the physical and mental rehabilitation, and how, with the help of others, he’s found direction, purpose and happiness.
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Think about what you’re going to be doing next week. Are you working or studying? Will you be engaging in hobbies? Do you have any household chores that need completing? What social plans do you have? We all plan for the future and accept it as a given, but that’s not always the case. For Kale Hyder, all of his future plans were wiped away overnight.
One week he was at high school, studying, playing basketball & planning for his future, the next, he was unable to move. Panic and disbelief led to a hospital visit and tests and a diagnosis: transverse myelitis. Spinal inflammation. And that was it, Kale was paralysed. Life changed. Forever.
Cases like Kyle’s are rare, and the causes aren’t properly understood, but it results in irreparable damage to nerves in the body’s communication highway. The damage Kale was left with was made worse by where the inflammation was in his body. Kale’s spinal cord swelled at the base of his neck, and he became a quadriplegic, he could no longer move any of his limbs.
In this fascinating discussion, we talk about the long process of treatment and rehabilitation, learning to redevelop basic skills, how the body adapts and reconfigures itself, and the need for mechanical aids to perform functions previously taken for granted. Kale also opens up about depression, frustration and resignation.
It’s a story about acceptance and finding new paths. It’s a story of realisation and insight. Happiness and fulfilment found in unexpected places. It is uplifting to hear such wisdom from someone who’s had to face the worst that life has to offer. It is a story that ends up with Bitcoin, but it is not a Bitcoin story.