If you have ever experienced a tragic event, you know your life changes. But in this edition of Healthy Living, YNN's Marcie Fraser speaks to someone who believes how it changes is up to you.
Meet Army Sergeant Rick Yarosh served in the Iraq war. He was a gunner, and while patrolling for Iraqis who may be planting IED's, his vehicle hit one.
"It instantly hit our fuel cell and exploded the fuel cell and it covered all of us in fuel. So, I knew I had to get out of the vehicle and thank God that day I had my hatch open," said Yarosh.
He jumped from his Bradley and broke his leg. As fire consumed him, he rolled to snuff out the fire but the dust and dead grass weren't enough to put out flames.
"When I was rolling around on the ground I actually gave up because the fire wasn't going out. I accepted the fact that I was going to die right there and then," remembered Yarosh.
Blinded by fire, he couldn't see there was a canal nearby, but he believes divine intervention led him to it.
"I ended up rolling in the canal and I also say there was a hand that pushed me that way and I believe that hand was Gods and that put the fire out," noted Yarosh.
Although the canal water did save his life, the bacteria in the water caused other problems.
Yarosh said, "It gave me aspergillus, which is a fungus on my hands, so they ended up cutting my palms off twice in hospital."
Sixty percent of Ricks body was burned.
"Mostly third degree burns, some second degree. I have a right leg below knee amputation and my hands are basically deemed unusable by V.A.," said Yarosh. "I lost some vision in my right eye. I obviously lost my ears, I lost my nose."
His injuries have been extremely challenging and depressing, but he believes happiness is a choice.