Sep 25, 2019
Emily Harman, the host of
interviews Kyle Cozad, a Rear
Admiral in the U.S. Navy and Emily’s U.S. Naval Academy class mate.
Rear Admiral Cozad’s life changed in March 2018 when he fell and
injured his spinal cord. Despite surgery to correct the injury, he lost
all feeling below his waist and was told he would be a paraplegic
for life. In this interview, Kyle shares how he moved onward and exceeded
his doctor’s expectations.
Harman introduces Kyle Cozad.
did Kyle injure his spine?
describes his thoughts and feelings after learning the severity of
was he able to get back to work?
- Did Kyle always have such a positive
hard was it to get readjusted to his position as the Chief of Naval
Education and Training?
someone who sees the good in everything, what good did Kyle see in
has Kyle’s thinking changed when he sees others in a
discusses how setting priorities helped his
discusses the importance of the caregiver in situations such as
can we be more open-minded about helping people with physical
3 Key Points:
recovered with the help of his faith in God, his belief that good
will come out of anything, and having a sense of purpose for his
made physical therapy a priority and set goals for himself as he
let anyone tell you what you can’t do.
first moment of real optimism I had was all of a sudden I could
flex my thigh muscles and I had some movement.” – Kyle
- “I can
either lay in bed and feel sorry for myself and dwell on the, you
know woe is me, why me? I’m a successful Naval officer. I’ve served
for 34 years. It should have been somebody else. Or, come to terms
with, I’m here for a reason.” – Kyle Cozad
committed to myself and to my wife that the most important thing we
had going forward was I need to be religious about my physical
therapy. I need to do my exercises at home.”– Kyle