The minute you pick up that knife, you either end up using it, or one gets used on you.

Wes got involved in drugs as a teenager and started carrying a knife for protection. One night, on the train home from an out-of-area delivery, he noticed three boys were following him. They chased him, cornered him, and stabbed him.

A few days later, after life-saving surgery, he woke in hospital to the distraught and terrified faces of his grandparents.

Please note: This video contains highly emotive content.

There were some concerns that some of my organs might have been damaged. I had to have crutches because I couldn't hardly walk. I just sat at home - just sat there loathing, feeling sorry for myself. I felt guilt, shame. I was embarrassed.

Wes

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