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Corey Hill’s Long Road Back Was A Team Effort

Corey HillAs many of you probably remember, Corey Hill snapped his leg in half a little over a year ago during a fight against Dale Hartt at UFC Fight Night 16.

We never really heard a whole lot about it since he underwent surgery a day after the incident. Perhaps out of sight out of mind for us, but for Corey Hill, it was a long, hard road back to normalcy. A trip he may have never made if it wasn’t for the unrelenting support of his wife. She never let him say no, and stuck by him no matter how rough Corey made it for her.

“If you want to know the truth, I was an ass,” he said. “I was like a little baby. I whined. I yelled. She literally had four kids to take care of: The three we have, plus myself. I was a baby. I couldn’t get to the bathroom. I had to stay in bed and pee in a freaking bucket for almost four months.

“This sounds gross, but there were times when I urinated on myself because my bucket was too far and I couldn’t get to it. She came home to some bad scenarios and it never fazed her.”

She inspired him to work harder than he thought he could. She insisted that the only thing that could prevent him from returning to fight was if he didn’t care enough to go after it.

As much as he needed his wife to keep his head above water when he didn’t have the strength to do it for himself, he also needed a wake-up call, a bit of perspective to remind him it could be worse.

Corey Hill walked out of therapy that day pitying himself. And then he saw the double amputee in the wheelchair.

“I saw him and as I limped to my truck, I said to myself, ‘Who the hell am I?’ ” Hill said. “I think I realized at that moment that things could always be worse. I said to myself then, ‘OK, Corey, it’s time to end the pity party and quit crying about the pain.’ There are some people who don’t have a choice. He didn’t have a choice. He was in that chair and couldn’t do a thing about it. I had a choice. I could suck it up, work through the pain and make myself better, or I could quit. I didn’t have to fight. I had a choice. I chose to fight. He didn’t have a choice. And that’s when I really had a turnaround.”

Corey has since regained his strength, his balance and even has a fight lined up on Jan. 23 at Raging Wolf VI in Niagara Falls, NY. He’s completely changed his diet and plans to be bigger and stronger when he steps back in the cage.

When he does, he’ll know it’s over, he’ll know he’s reached the end of the long, painful road of recovery. And he owes it all to his wife.

“I want to talk to my wife and tell her, ‘We did it,’ ” Hill said, bubbling with enthusiasm. “And I meant that very much when I said we. This has been a team project. Without her, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be limping around somewhere probably doing who knows what. But by her being so strong and so understanding and so supportive, I’m able to do what I love to do again. When that fight’s over, the first thing I plan to do is to tell her, ‘It’s over and we finally did it. Together. We did it together.’ “

Now if that’s not a great story for Christmas, I don’t know what is.

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