We’re not doing it alone…


Will you write a blog entry for BACKBONES?

9:00 pm – Yes…  I would be happy to Blog Reveca.

9:01 pm – What the hell is a blog anyway and what constitutes a ‘blogger’?  Shit. I have never blogged before….  Can I even say Shit?

Am I qualified to be such a public typist?  What would I talk about?  Am I ready to talk?  Who would listen?  I need a Blogger name, for sure!

Who wants to read about someone they have not met, or know?  That’s it, an Introduction!  I can start with an introduction. Brilliant!

Here is to each beautiful person taking the time to read….. and to those who forgot to listen because the wonderful fish tacos got your attention…

8:20 am– (one week later, currently listening to Feist as I type to you…)

Christopher Owen Hyldahl.  I am 31 years old for another 40 days…Grew up in two small towns in Michigan…Chicago is my home although I reside on Bankers Hill in San Diego as of a month ago…Investment real estate brokerage keeps me busy on a professional level…Therapy takes most other hours, and energy…Exploring food, wine and tequila allow me to drift off…Creature of habit…Based on principle…Music and photos log memories…Private…Very little TV however searching for a weekly show…White table cloths give me anxiety…Planning a road trip to Portland.  Costa Rica in late May…Just purchased a small puppy from a Gypsy downtown; Moxa is her name…Redefining myself…Family & Friends – very important…Beginning to understand my role in this world…Lessons learned along the way…

On August 12, 2007 I jumped into a pool and broke my neck at the C-7, T-1 and T-2 level, damaging my spinal cord.  I have an incomplete injury which means that the spinal cord itself was not completely severed.  I was broken, yet did not break completely. My injury does not define me.  I fight every day to accomplish a dream of walking again, without assistance–not only for me but for my friends and family who believe in me. For everyone who doubted and those who, although silently, currently doubt me. For those who think the body is not resilient and our minds cannot overcome adversity… and for my future family.

I find solace looking back and taking detailed mental notes along the way, ensuring I continue my path.  (An African symbol that will describe this further is a Sankofa bird, if anyone wants to dig a little deeper).

I have not, and cannot do it alone, thus don’t plan on trying.

YOU and I, our families and friends, “High Rollers”, and contacts… together let’s gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward!





  1. Kristin
    April 10, 2011

    Beautifully written, eloquent and clever. You are an inspiring individual with a unique voice, an honor to listen to. Thanks for sharing

  2. Trisha
    April 11, 2011

    Beautiful start to the blog.

  3. lindsy
    April 12, 2011

    very well written 🙂

  4. Pats
    April 13, 2011

    you had me at fish tacos.
    though we’ve all just met, I am fully comfortable saying that I love you! I love your person, your drive, determination and your spirit of willingness. I think it would mean a lot to someone who has been injured to read something like this, your introduction, and think that it IS best to do “life” with someone. I hope that “one” can be all of us, as we know friends and family are truly our strongest backbone. So proud dude, keep going.

  5. Veta
    April 13, 2011

    Chris, I adore you and admire you. Glad you are writing… You’re one hell of a strong man baby! I remember how giving and inspiring you were to the bot we met in chicago who was in for treatment from vegas…

  6. Mom
    April 17, 2011

    You never cease to amaze me. I knew from the beginning living through the days and nights at the hospital, you would turn this around and help others. My son, you, alone, will make a difference in so many lives. With the support of all those connected with Back Bones, think of the possibilities. I am honored to be your mom.

    • reveca
      April 19, 2011

      …the possibilities…. you have a wonderful son!

  7. Mom
    April 17, 2011

    Hey, is this a new tat?

  8. Sherril Dreesman
    January 17, 2012

    Great post!

  9. Pennsylvania
    February 26, 2012

    I do not even know with strong your blog greatly that saved me. Thank you “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzche

  10. Norris Treanor
    July 31, 2012

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