Today is the 7th anniversary of my accident, and I feel blessed to be able to give back to a community, I never really knew existed prior to my accident, which has embraced me and grown with me since that awful day. (The date of my accident was 8/25/07, but it happened on a Saturday and it's always the Saturday nearest to the date which hits me harder than the actual date.) I get up and fight every single day... Fight the physical pain, obstacles and emotional frustrations which come with this injury - and there are so many... - Fight to get my job done and get through my workouts and that's about all I have time to do (Thank Goodness Football is starting!!)... It's hard for me to see the forest through the trees, so I never really recognize my successes. But I have come so far!
First, they brought me back to life on 8/25/07 and I'm alive to fight for my independence. Hmmm, that's one I definitely take for granted much more often than I should. Second... I could not move my left arm or my hands at all at first... Now my left arm is about 95% of my right and my hands have and are gaining function and strength daily! Third... I had nothing below mid chest line... Nothing, and now I have function and/or muscles firing down to my knees. And, do you know... I did sit-ups from laying flat last Friday? Yup, with the assistance of 1.5 lb weights on each wrist, BUT that's the amount of weight I was using to do sit-ups on a wedge incline a year ago... I had only tiny flutters of leg muscles a year ago and down to my knees they are firing through exercises now... There's so much more... And Lastly, I still have my amazing parents, who have put their lives on hold to help me, by my side and all of my incredible family and friends who unendingly root for me, push me and advocate for me.
Being here at the Expo, it's glaringly obvious how blessed I am and how, even on the very bad no good horrible pain days, I could have it so much Worse. I'm alive, I'm supported and loved and I'm still fighting. As always thank you all for being on this journey with me!