I recently connected in NYC with my friend and inspiration, Charlie Linville, to talk about life-changing last cuts, overcoming trauma, perseverance, adventure and inspiration on the other side of pain. In 2011, while in Afghanistan, Charlie, an ex-Marine Sergeant, was injured on a mission to dismantle improvised explosive devices (IED’s) as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. After 14 surgeries over 18 months, his injured foot was not healing. Charlie made the ultimate last cut by proactively deciding to amputate his right leg below the knee. Soon after, he committed to training with @theheroesproject and became the first combat wounded amputee to climb Mt. Everest in 2016. In the episode, he shares why he had to train for 3 years! Charlie’s combined strength and humility have inspired me since before we first met on an @equinox video shoot in late 2016. Our friendship and this conversation speak to the universal importance of sharing our stories and trusting in the power of connection to heal ourselves and others. Link in bio.