I’m a Survivor

I have survived many obsticles in my life but there are always some challenges that are harder then others. In the summer of 1993 I survived a horrible car accident, the motor of my car felt on top of my leg shattering it into pieces, when I realized what had happened I never thought I would ever walk again. I had to be taken out on a stretcher and flown on a helicopter to the hospital where they operated on my leg for over 8 hours. I had open wounds and was not able to wear a cast. Therefore for the next six months I had to learn to maneuver a wheelchair and hop on one leg in order to get around.

One of my biggest challenges was coming up with ways to pay my bills because at the moment I was on the process of my second divorce and I had two small children including a 14 month old-baby boy. Prior to the accident, I had two jobs but was unable to keep either one after the accident.

Additionally my insurance had expired a few days before my accident and the guy who took the red light only had a minimum insurance that covered 10k of the 14k I owed on my car that was totaled. Therefore, for the next 6 months I had to use my child support payments to pay the debt on my vehicle.

So how did I get past this horrific experience?

Well I had to endure and tap into my survival skills. My first focus was to not loose my home. I asked my brother to divided it in half and I rented the back end which actually paid for my entire mortgage. I still needs some extra money to feed my kids, so I begged my old employer to lay me off so I could collect unemployment insurance. He agreed because he didn’t have the handicap facilities needed in order for me to go into work with my wheelchair. Lastly I was able to do a full recovery four months prior to the what the doctors had expected because I learned to do the exercises from the rehab center at home.

What did I learn from this experience? I learned to live life to its fullest because you never know what tomorrow will bring. I learned that I was stronger than I thought I could be. I learned that I had the ability to come up with solutions on the spot. Most of all I learned that a mother’s love is capable of everything. For the last twenty five years I’ve had a rod and several screws inside my leg reminding me of this moment and not one day goes by that I don’t remember. I no longer just walk through life I now dance through life enjoying every second that God gives me on this earth.


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