Today is the anniversary of my accident, it's been 17 years. There have been years when I haven't even noticed and let the date pass on by but this year is different. I now have an opportunity to work more within the spinal cord community and this year I remembered.
My accident happened July 26, 1994 as a result of an auto-pedestrian accident where I had the misfortune of being the pedestrian instead of the automobile. :) Seventeen years ago I was in ICU and doctors were not sure if I was going to live. After 4 days in a coma, I woke up. My family was told that I would be paralyzed from the chest down and would most likely have brain damage. Well, when I woke up I was no more brain damaged than I had ever been but I was unable to move my legs.
Seventeen years ago I thought my life was over and now 17 years later I know that my life was just beginning - I just hadn't realized it yet. That day I began one of the most exciting journeys of my life and I'm still on it. I'm so glad I survived and am thankful for all the support of friends and family that I have been blessed with over the last 17 years.
I'm looking forward to help more and more people realize that it's not the end of their life...it's just the beginning.