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Actor Jeremy Renner Reflects On Year Of Recovery

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After a near-fatal snow plow accident, actor Jeremy Renner reflected on his year of recovery, expressing that no one initially assured him he would recover.

Despite being told there would be limitations to his recovery, he was motivated to defy those expectations and undergo extensive therapy.

“Not one doctor, early on, said ‘You’re gonna pull through, you’re gonna be able to see again, you’re gonna be able to walk again, you’re gonna be able to breathe right, you’re gonna be able to talk,’” Renner said.

“No one gave me anything,” he added. “I think they were all communicating with my family. And I feel like if they didn’t tell me it must have been pretty bleak.”

“I love that the doctor says, ‘this guy’s not gonna walk again, or if he does, it’ll be in two years and he’s gonna walk funny,’” Renner said. “I love when people say this. Even my own physical therapist is like, ‘You know what, you’re never gonna be able to run under a five-second 40,’ I’m like, ‘F— you, it’s going to happen, I’m gonna do it in six months, watch this.’”

“I love when somebody tells me that — it’s just gonna give me more energy to do it and do it even better,” he said. “I already challenge myself anyway, and that’s also part of my recovery, as a competitor.”

Renner referred to the accident as a “wonderful blessing,” highlighting the perspective it gave him on life’s value.

“Dying and coming back. I got that time out in life, I got to put pause on life, and go really live life,” Renner said. “And [I think], how can I give this to people? I think we had a little bit of it in COVID, right? There was a global epidemic going on but the silver lining in that is like we got to put pause on something, we got to stop and chill out, and ask what has value in our lives.”

“A little bit more extreme version of that is dying and coming back,” he added. “There’s a wonderful gift in that, if you can hang on that superpower of [realizing] what has real value in our lives.”

Renner noted a promise made to his daughter, emphasizing her role in his determination to recover.

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