(KUTV) The reality of his paralyzation hit Dustin Shillcox when he was being measured for a wheelchair.
"That's when I physically started bawling the most because he's measuring my legs and stuff and I told my mom, 'I feel like I'm getting measured for a casket,'" Shillcox said.
Shillcox experienced depression, but always put on a smile on his face while out in public.
"I was embarrassed of my situation," he said. "I didn't want people to feel sorry for me."
He would have therapy every morning, and would just spend his time alone at home.
"I would sit in my apartment and wait for the next day," he said. "I don't want to hang out with my friends because I'm embarrassed of myself. I don't feel comfortable around public areas."