Coming to my senses



In 1999 Aaron Baker broke his neck on a motocross track becoming completely paralyzed, and neurosurgeons gave him a million-to-one chance of feeding himself again.  But Aaron's subsequent journey did not follow its predicted course. The next fifteen years became a voyage bound by hope and hard work, by competition and entrepreneurship, and most importantly by love.  COMING TO MY SENSES documents Aaron's journey from being diagnosed as a complete quadriplegic through his years as a competitive paracyclist.  Little by little, Aaron painstakingly made his way back to the world of movement.  However, after years of riding a trike walking was still the biggest challenge.  And so he set out to cross a 20-mile stretch of Death Valley on foot and unsupported. This modern day vision quest became as much a journey inwards as well as one chasing the horizon.


More than 30 million people in the United States report struggling with mobility and 1 out of 50 live with paralysis.  Many, like Aaron, receive a prognosis which is bleak and riddled with "you will nevers".  But does this negativity become a self-fulfilling prophecy?  How would a more positive approach combined with access to resources effect those struggling to overcome immobility?