I am a paraplegic...In January of 2002, I was a typical 21-year-old livin life in the fast lane when God decided to slow me down. I was in a near-fatal car accident that changed my life...forever.
It was January 20, 2002, a cold and icy day..a slippery one on the streets, when I was riding as a passenger in a car driven by anger. I was throw from the vehicle, approximately 75 feet from the accident site. The driver of the car walked away, as I layed in an angel's yard holding on to life. I was in a coma for 2 months and the doctors told my family if I ever came to, I probably wouldnt even know my name...
...BUT doctors are not our maker & savior. He had another plan for me. I came out of a coma and had my total memory and a new determination to prove the statistics wrong. The doctor's said that I would never walk again. I was devastated, but I knew I had to pull myself up for my daughter..(I only had one at the time) Emotionally, I was grieving..grieving the life that I had been living for 21 years..the life that I had now lost. But then I started looking at it from a positive perspective..it took time though. It was definately a healing process that I am still going through in a sense. I had to learn to live my new life, with what I had left. Starting over, in a sense. It wasn't easy and there are still days that are not easy. But I have so much to be thankful for. I was one of the blessed people that God had left on this earth for a reason. It wasn't my time. I had to make it a wonderful life and make a difference somehow.
Even though I am in a wheelchair everyday, I know that I have the upper hand. Now I have a way to break a barrier for people. As soon as I see someone looking, I start to tell my story. The more I share it, the less ignorance there is in this world. I know I am only one person, but I plan to touch as many lives as possible with my story.
It has been a rough road, but also a BLESSED one. I have come to realize through all of the pain and heartache I endured, that God has another plan for me. I was left here as an angel and advocate for people with disabilities. I am here to pull the ones that are down back up..so they too, can continue living life to the fullest. I not only want to spread awareness about being disabled, but also spread awareness to someday have a cure for spinal cord injuries. Blessings are sent in disguise...
I am now a single-mother of three little girls that I have dedicated my life to...teaching them that ANYTHING's POSSIBLE..We are all different some have blue eyes, some brown. Some are white..some are black..some walk and some ROLL. I am determined to never give up and use this time that I was blessed with to accomplish everything and anything possible.
I enjoy swimming, hiking (yes, it is possible:0), going to the beach, and riding bikes. I also have a passion for speaking and opening people's eyes to ignorance and moving past ignorance to see the other side. I am very blessed with family and friends that support me and encourage me to keep going. Without them I am nothing. I speak publically, as a motivational speaker to people in my area about living with disability. I currently also speak to other newly injured patients at the Carolinas Rehabilitation Center, here in Charlotte, to help motivate them and let them realize that life doesn't end after we are injured. I show them that we all have so much life to live and that there is nothing, not even a wheelchair, that can hold any of us back from reaching our goals and dreams. I have a website that is set up, explaining my full story. You can read my story and contact me through my website at www.freewebs.com/lilunperfectangel . If there is anyone that you know that needs some encouraging words, or inspiration, please contact me.
I am currently in school working towards my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Then off to my Master's. There's no stopping for me..I'll never get enough. After I'm done at RCCC, I'll be moving on to UNC-Charlotte!!!! I just got my grades and I have a 4.0 GPA..it hasnt been easy, but it is worth every minute. "Education is freedom"
I am proud to announce that I have been chosen to be part of the Colours Team, out of Corona, California. They are the team of peoople that endorse the Colours Wheelchair company. I am still currently waiting for the next step, but I am hopeful that this is going to be another blessing from God, to change lives and spread awareness. You can check out their website at www.colourswheelchair.com. Colours is not your average wheelchair company..it is a Generation X wheelchair company. They have the same morales and values as I do and are also trying to spread the message, that with life, Anything's Possible, no matter what we are faced with. They also make chairs, to support active life styles and people's own personal style as well. They make wheelchairs with cool designs, colors and even spinners! I believe this builds confidence, especially for newly injured people, and lets them roll in style!
I have also just recently been asked to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina pageant in Asheville, NC..if I win that competition, I will compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. I am so excited to be able to meet other women like me, and hear their stories of perseverence and courage. If nothing else, it will be a humbling experience.
I am also now a proud supporter of the Life Rolls On Foundation. Check it out at www.liferollson.org They are doing great things for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis and I am proud to be a recruiter for their organization on myspace for myspace causes. I hope to one day work more with them and to become more involved.