Kevin Beck skiing down the North Carolina mountain may not be the first visual that captures your eye in light of the surrounding natural beauty. Once you learn what it's taken for him to get here, however, you realize what you see is a bit of a wonder. His is a story of how physical and mental toughness, a ravenous desire to know how things work and some innovative technology can combine to help give a man his life back. These factors have largely defined how he has faced up to the many challenges tossed his way starting May 21, 1979, when he suffered a crushing injury to his right foot, through July 2018 when, after years of debilitating chronic pain, 'everything got quiet,' with the help of the Proclaim™ DRG Neurostimulation System. He credits this technology with, 'keeping me out of a wheelchair and giving me back my life.' In the Navy Beck was a 20-year-old jet engine mechanic on the USS Midway in 1979, 3.5 years into his Navy stint, when his team lost control of a 2200 pound piece of equipment that landed on his right foot, crushing all of its bones. While laid up in the ship's infirmary, he was counseled that he might need to have the foot removed due to the severity of the injury. Instead, despite a foot that did not heal properly, he managed to work his way back to full duty. He fought to fulfill all his responsibilities while battling pain, excessive swelling and, perhaps most remarkably, a mandatory 5-mile run every six months for the remaining 4.5 years of his Navy career. That is pretty tough, but it's really just the start. Back to North Carolina Born and raised in New Bern, N.C., Beck was eager to return there to begin his post-service life. Having married his girlfriend, Judie, the younger sister of his best friend, the young couple purchased his family's recreational vehicle manufacturing business, growing it into a successful enterprise that they would end up running for 20 years. The man who had mastered the inner workings of jet engines was now able to feed his passion for understanding and improving complex mechanical processes. He soon understood that to put a home on wheels it was necessary to master numerous disciplines, ranging from structural design and plumbing to electricity and refrigeration. But over time, as the business flourished, Beck's health seemed headed in the opposite direction. Even as he and Judie raised their two sons and grew the family business, he was feeling the long-term effects of past military-related injuries that increasingly took their toll on his body. He would eventually undergo six knee and a dozen shoulder surgeries (including complete replacement of both shoulders). The Real Pain Begins Anyone who had even one such operation knows the extent of pain involved throughout the process. Multiply that by 18 procedures, and then subtract all of it because that pain barely registered with Beck. The worst was yet to come. As his right foot had never properly healed, it became increasingly problematic over time. His toes began to curl under his feet, the pain increasing with the formation of the first neuroma between his toes. A neuroma is a tumor or mass growing from a nerve and usually consisting of nerve fibers. They can form at the site of traumatic injuries and are often extraordinarily painful. Toes were amputated to manage the situation but that proved ineffective, and in December 2014, his right leg was amputated about eight inches below the knee. Beck was given opioids post-surgically, a time he remembers well in that he does not remember it at all. 'From the time I woke up from surgery until the opioids were stopped about three weeks later, I have no memory. They just messed with my mind, fogging it up completely. I hated the feeling.'