Chase’s right femur didn’t just break…
In November of 2010, Chase Amerson was working the late shift in IT support. During his dinner break, he rode is Honda Rebel to his favorite restaurant.
The last thing he remembers is turning down a hill.
“A car pulled out in front of me and I hit the driver’s side,” he recalls. “I flipped over the car and was laid out in the middle of the street. My right leg got caught under the handle bars and the bone gave way to the impact as I was catapulted off. The only thing I remember is the EMT asking me for a phone number. He stated that he needed to call someone in my family to let them know I had been in an accident.”
When this horrific accident happened, it didn’t just shatter his femur; it shattered who he was.
Depression is a loaded word, and it shouldn’t be thrown around lightly. In Chase’s mind, he still doesn’t feel he experienced depression the way many do, but he was damn close. He credits his wife and family for helping him through.
“My vision of a real man was skewed,” he said. “I found out later what that truly meant. I had no goals to set and achieve, therapy was a waste of time to me, and I lost all purpose. This was all a part of the plan now that I look back. It’s a hard concept to accept but we supposed to take joy in our sufferings. Why? Because suffering produces strength, perseverance and most of all, hope in the end.”
Chase had made it through three surgeries. He had a two-inch bone segment missing from his leg and the doctor was having a hard time getting it to grow.
To put it into context, the femur is the strongest bone and the largest bone in the body. It is surrounded by so much blood flow that (usually) orthopedics have no issues getting the bone to heal, and heal quickly.
This was not the case in Chase’s situation.
“It had been two years and I could still feel my bone and rod moving around, so after numerous surgeries and countless efforts from multiple doctors to stimulate bone growth, my bone finally began to heal in 2012,” Chase said. “In this two-year span, I learned a lot about myself and the man I needed to be. I repaired my marriage, built new friendships, and strengthened my soul.”
His preferred therapy? The gym.
“Therapy cost money,” he said. “I never liked spending money on something that I could do myself. I made up my own therapy each day and my journey back to a 415lbs squat began. I still have friends today at the gym who remember me strolling in with one crutch and lifting weights. I found my purpose in the weightlifting world. I competed in my first competition in February of 2016. I was nervous as all get out but walked away with decent numbers. Now my deadlift sits at 555lbs, squat at 475lbs, and bench at 340lbs and I plan on competing again in June this year as long as I can stay healthy.”
Chase simply wants his story to inspire others, and appreciates the raw inspiration that APEMAN gives to its audience. He’s utilized that “never quit” attitude every single day since his accident.
"It's not about me,” Chase says. “I give thanks to God, thanks to others, and thanks to great organizations like APEMAN. You all deserve the attention not me.
“I am thankful for my second chance and I am determined not to waste it.”