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.


Published by IPS Accounting Services & Consulting

I was born in Cuba and came to the US at the age of nine during the 1980 Mariel Exodus. After twenty five years of a successful career in Managerial Accounting for private and corporate sectors. At the age of 45 and empty nester I felt my life needed a bigger purpose. Accounting has been my lifelong journey and I wanted the opportunity to help business reach their optimal growth. In addition to being a devoted mother and wife I’m very involved in my community and volunteer much of my time to advocating for righteous causes. I’m devoted to the women’s movement as well as keeping our Hispanic roots and culture alive.

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