Emotions Abound

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2018

The 2018 Invictus Games head to the Land Down Under, and PVA members are both nervous and excited about the new experience.

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Mixed emotions surround Ryan Pinney as he heads into his third Invictus Games this month in Sydney. For the first time, the 37-year-old Air Force veteran won’t have his partner in crime, his wife, Meagan, cheering him on. 

She’s expecting their first child in November and doctors have ruled her out for this cross-continent trip. That causes some conflicted emotions for Ryan, who sustained a T10-T12 spinal-cord injury (SCI) in 2012 during a national BMX bike race in Las Vegas. The Phoenix resident loves competing in the Games and what they stand for, but not having Meagan by his side will be tough.

“It was incredible getting the announcement and was beyond my emotions. It’s an amazing thing to be asked to represent your country, represent your service, because not everybody gets to do this,” says Ryan. “But at the same time, my mind goes to my wife because she’s a vital part of my recovery, a vital part of my military career. She’s been a huge part of my recovery. To be able to include family in this experience is an amazing recognition. To have my family members recognized for the role they’ve played is an amazing feeling. I never want to leave her out of anything.”


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