The Ghost Inside’s Jonathan Vigil Posts Health Update
The Ghost Inside’s Jonathan Vigil has posted a new update about his health after undergoing more surgery.
While it’s still a frustrating time for the vocalist, he’s staying positive and has been told he’ll be starting physical therapy soon to learn how to walk again.
He posted the following on Instagram along with an x‑ray of his ankle:
“Although I tend [to] complain about the speed of it, progress is progress. I decided to go through with a (very dreaded) ankle fusion in September. After spending two years in/on wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes, I decided that I couldn’t live with the pain anymore. The benefit being a more solid joint with significantly reduced pain. The downside is a complete loss of movement in my ankle. Coming from being fairly active (playing shows, hockey, etc.) it was a very hard reality to accept. In my heart of hearts, I knew things were never gonna be the same again but that didn’t stop me from always wanting to believe otherwise.
You may read that as me being pessimistic but it’s actually the opposite. Things aren’t how they were anymore, they’re just different. It’s the fact that I can get around easier now with less pain. It’s me not having to rely on others to do basic things anymore. It’s me regaining self sufficiency. It’s waking up everyday a little bit better than the day before. It’s beginning to live my life again, not necessarily worse, just different.
And at a time when it felt like it was going to be terrible forever, I progressed. Strides were made. Every day. Some days more than others, some more noteworthy than others but strides nonetheless. Today I progressed. My doctor told me that my boot can come off and I can start physical therapy to learn how to walk again. With no more pending surgeries or hospital stays planned, I can’t help but be happy.
Progress is slow. Progress is tough. Progress is frustrating. But after everything, progress is still progress.”
The injuries were sustained when the band were involved in a bus crash back in 2015. Their tour bus collided with a tractor trailer just oustide El Paso, Texas, which saw both drivers tragically lose their lives.
As always, we’d like to send our best wishes to Jonathan and the rest of The Ghost Inside.
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