Mason is still moving forward with a new focus on his future

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It’s now been two years since the ski accident that changed his life. But Mason Branstrator has a new outlook on his recovery and mobility.

The Duluth East grad recently posted a video on YouTube called “My Truth About Walking After Spinal Cord Injury.”

To watch the full 2-year video:

Mason has moved away from the original goal of walking.

“I’m open to how my body and any function in my return. Currently, walking is not something I will heavily pursue. After making the huge decision to move on from intensive physical therapy, I finally have the time to do things I love, and the time to explore new things.”

He makes more film and art, and is super active on his social media channels.

In fact, he posts exercises and how he navigates the world in his wheelchair.

“For me, the wheelchair is my key to independence and happiness,” he said.

Some of the adventures he’s been on include a road trip, tennis camp, swimming, pickleball, ice fishing with a friend, and so much more.

He still sees his personal trainer once a week, and also stretches, stands, and walks daily, to keep strength in his legs.

Mason is also training for a triathlon!

“For me, the future is currently whatever I make of it. The possibilities are really endless. I want to spread as much positivity as I can,” he shared on the video.

“I thought I had to reinvent myself after this life changing accident and I thought walking had to be part of the equation. I thought I wouldn’t have a story to tell you if I didn’t walk again. That couldn’t be further from the truth,” he went on to say.

“I’ve made some really meaningful connections in the community I’m building. And I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” Mason added. “Walking does not make or break a successful spinal cord injury. What makes or breaks it is you, and your mindset.”

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