My first memories after the crash are from the Guttmann and are confusing. I didn’t know who or where I was, but I did know that I was a motorcycle racer and that I had had some kind of accident. Instinctively I looked at my feet and moved them, so I knew I wasn’t paralyzed…. and I thought, “Then, why do they have me confined here?” I tried to escape but without success because I couldn’t even begin to get up. According to the doctors, I suffered injuries that were considered permanent, but for almost 2 years I have continued to improve so that I will once again walk and talk well.
I am better and full of hope, but at the same time I am aware of the economic situation of my family. We had no idea how long this road would be and we still don´t. I train at home but I know that in order to continue recuperating I have to continue to work with the professionals who are guiding me through my rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the insurance of the racing federation only pays part of the costs of the first 18 months (a year and a half). The costs paid until now have exhausted the resources of my family and now we lack the means to continue the rehabilitation program.
It is frustrating because I am steadily improving and making good progress, working with specialists in physical, cognitive and speech recuperation.
If you can help me with my program, please donate here…https://www.gofundme.com/KennyNoyes
Also, here I will put updates about my progress so that you can see it.
I was born in Barcelona in 1979 and lived until I was 16 in Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid), I rode but didn’t begin to race motorcycles until the company (Dorna) my father worked for sent him to California to organize the United States GP in 1994 at Laguna Seca.
My father, who was a motorcycle racer and Spanish endurance champion in 1986, wanted me to play baseball or basketball. I did play baseball for the Spanish team in the 1990 European Championship and basketball at my high school in California. But ever since I was very young, always, my life’s passion has been motorcycles…. gasoline, sliding, speed.
I began racing flat track on dirt oval tracks in USA, making ten-hour trips in a small pick-up to race at the Lodi Cycle Bowl. Although I won races there, my first important results came as an amateur at the end of the 90s. In my first year as a professional I won the national Formula USA title, but my goal was always to road race.
With no experience on asphalt I began as a rookie in the Spanish Supersport Championship of 2001. It was truly difficult. Now it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that I won races and titles. I rode for two seasons in the Moto2 World Championship, started on the pole at the French GP of 2010 and I took 5th place in the Moto2 GP of Valencia of 2011. But my most important achievement was winning the 2014 FIM CEV International Superbike Championship on a Kawasaki ZX-10.
Of the 2015 season, that opened with a victory in my first race carrying the #1 plate, I remember almost nothing. Little by little, fragments come back…. the win in Portugal, moments in the garage with my team, leaving home to go with my wife to my last race.
During the first phases of my recuperation I was under the illusion that I would race again. But after doing a few laps on the go-kart track on my 140 and being conscious of my situation, I realized I would never race again, I would not be “fast” anymore.
From that moment, I realized that there is another life beyond the race tracks and I want to share with my wife the many years we have before us. When I have recovered, I want to assume the responsibility of organizing the Spanish Flat Track Championship and once again direct my racing school (NoyesCamp).
I have been lucky, very lucky. I am fortunate to still be here…. and I want to win this race of life.
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I have undergone many different treatments since my accident and almost all worked in their specific areas. But I have been amazed with Dr. Galvez' NaT (Transcutaneous Neuro Activation Stimulation) treatment because I´ve noted improvements in all facets of my recovery... including some very unexpected results.
For example, dreaming. Since the accident I hadn’t´t dreamed at all, but after the third treatment I had my first dream and since that night it is like it always was: sometimes I remember the dreams in great detail, sometimes just a little and other times I remember nothing. But I dream!
On his web page, Dr. Galvez explains that NaT reestablishes adequate conditions in the extracellular liquid and with that the blocked neurons become activated again.
These blocked neurons, in my case, didn't allow me to do certain things that now seem simple. Other things, such as: speech, balance and sight, are more complicated and require more work. But now I can see the improvements that earlier I couldn’t´t observe.
I have prepared a list of the areas where NaT has helped me:
• I don´t get as tired and I take less time to recuperate
• I have better balance and I can stand without holding on to anything
• I use the walker less and the canes more
• I can JUMP!.... holding on, but it is a very good start
• I have more speed and precision in everything
• I ride a bicycle better. Now I only have problems when I stop because my feet are still too slow
• I have less coughing spells.
• I often drink from the glass instead of using a straw
• I continue to chew food slowly but at least I realise this and try to improve
• After the accident my vision wasn't constant and I was seeing double. In the optometry center, Vision 3, they had a very good solution for me--- graduated prism glasses
• Now Vision 3 made me a set of graduated glasses without prisms because the source of my double vision is in my brain, not my eyes, and NaT has contributed to improvements. My vision isn't right yet. But it is a lot better
• I speak more clearly
• There are less sounds that are difficult for me to pronounce and I get stuck less on certain sounds.
• I still have to improve a lot, but now I can see it's possible.
Summarising: the NaT treatment is not miraculous, but it is an important catalyst, with which, in combination with the other therapies and with my motivation, the improvements become more perceptible and are easier.
Thanks to each and every one of my therapists and all the people involved in my recovery for contributing and for supporting me. Each step counts ☺︎
Here is a video resume:
Walking 2016 vs 2018
All of the different therapies add up and allow me to improve, it's slow but with no clear limit and luckily it keeps going. Here is a video where you can really see a difference between how I was in 2016 and how I am today.
In the first one, you can clearly see the lack of balance and speed which in most cases leads me to crash. In the second video, these problems are significantly improved, and I have better feeling, but there is still a long way to go.
Thanks for the support!!!
I am very excited about a new series of treatments that I have begun.
“NaT” is a new neurophysiological treatment that enables recovery of damaged parts of the nerve system that have been functionally blocked. This treatment activates the neurons that have been disconnected due to injury or illness, reestablishing sufficient ionic concentration in the extracellular fluids via the application of microcurrents of electricity to the skin in a noninvasive and painless manner.
So far I have had three of the fifteen programmed sessions taken at a rate of one per week. During the last four nights I have had very realistic and vivid dreams after not having awareness of any dream over the more than three years since my accident. I have the sessions at the Clínica Doctor Gálvez in Barcelona under the direction of Dr. Gálvez and his professional staff. I am connected to almost ninety cables but I feel no pain from them. I don't know how much improvement I can expect but I am beginning to experience interesting sensations.
Balancing...part one :)
I went walking with NOTHING TO LEAN ON for the first time since the accident, but I walked on the beach so that if I fell it would be on the sand. Walking on sand is complicated for me because the ground is always moving under my feet, but the landing is soft in case of a fall.
On the first day and second day I made it without crashing, but on the third day I went down three times. I didn´t get hurt and feel fine (and even got some suntan too) so I will keep trying until I get it… and then I´ll try to run!
Thanks for all your support!!!