At twenty-two, Kevin Blanchard nearly lost everything serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. An Improvised Explosive Device took his legs, identity, and youthhood. Following an amputation, 30 surgeries, and 13 months in the hospital Kevin was medically retired. Driven by a newfound appreciation for life, Kevin explored his physical and mental limits by hiking across South America for six months alone, only one backpack, and no plan. Told with emotional suspense and humor, One Less Traveled flips Post Traumatic Stress into a roadmap for personal growth transcending our perceived limits of life.
“My eyes popped open as I gasped for air when Dottie, the Emergency Room Nurse pulled on my feeding tube.”
I started choking from the tangled tube wrapped around my tonsils. It was the first week of July 2005, when I awoke in the hospital trying to remember what had happened. My mother was holding my hand and my father holding hers at my bedside. Even with the look of horror on their faces, I still felt some sense of security when I heard my mother’s soft southern voice say, “Kevin, everything will be okay, we are by your side.”
Her sentiment was comforting, but I was more concerned with how I got there in the first place, and why I couldn’t move.