Shane Dyck was given a one per cent chance of walking again after surviving a motorcycle crash in August 2013.
"I ended up breaking 28 bones. I lost five litres of blood," said the 23-year-old. "I was five to 10 minutes away from bleeding out."
Dyck was 20 at the time of his accident and had been riding his motorcycle for about a year and a half.
He said he remembers lights and then waking up in the hospital.
"I saw family and friends crying around me; I had no clue why," he said. "I would look around, see tubes coming out of me, me not being able to move, wondering what was going on."
Dyck broke 15 vertebrae and his spine is fused together with four metal rods and 22 bolts.
He spent six months in the hospital and had to learn how to do everything all over again.
"I couldn't sit up without three people helping me. I had to learn how to use a fork again. I had to learn to breath again," he said. "There was a lot of work before I could even stand."
Dyck said he refused to live out his life in an electric wheelchair and was determined to walk again. He also was determined to get back to bodybuilding.
"Doctors basically said if I wasn't in the state of the physical form I was in before, I would have died on the street," he said.
Dyck said his muscle mass protected his spinal cord, preventing it from being severed and leaving him permanently paralyzed.
He said he lost most of that mass while in the hospital, dropping from 240 pounds to 170.
"I honestly had a lot of mental depression just because I was so physical and so active beforehand," he said. "When that is taken away from you, it puts a damper on your mental health."
'Very strong on the inside'
Dyck has had constant support during his recovery. His fitness coach, Grant Reid, has been with him every step of the way.
"He is very strong on the inside. He would just tell me, I am having a really tough day… that is all he really needed to say and I could read between the lines and know that he needs some encouragement," said Reid.
On March 19, Dyck is competing in his first bodybuilding competition since the accident. The coach said he always knew Dyck would make it back onto the stage.
"Honestly there was never a time where we were like we're going to walk again, we are going to compete again," he said. "We didn't even think of failure, we shot for the stars right from the get go."
Reid said Dyck is an inspiration to him and his clients at Team G-Fit.
"We always say, look at Shane, what's my excuse, what's your excuse. If Shane can get out of that bed with a one per cent chance of ever walking again, you know none of the things we're going through should be holding us back."
Dyck said despite the support from his coach, he is nervous to get back on the stage.
"What if I fall?" said Dyck. "My balance isn't the same, I have to deal with spasticity in my legs and I can't pose as well as I did before."
Dyck walks with a limp because of neurological damage to his spine, but that is not holding him back.
"There are still bad days, but you cry for a bit, get over it and get on with your day."
Dyck said he can't run or play sports and is waiting for surgery on his leg, but said he is walking after being given only a one per cent chance.