In July of 2011 I was involved in a car accident that left me quadriplegic. I was 16 at the time and just trying to get home by curfew when we hit a tree. The only thing I really remember from that night is asking the driver to lift my head up because I suddenly felt like I couldn’t move or breathe. The fire department and ambulance showed up to transfer me out of the car so I could be airlifted to the hospital. I had broken my neck at C4/C5 damaging my spinal cord. 8 hours of emergency surgery later.. I wake up with plates and screws in my neck, not knowing the extent of my injury. I remember waking up and asking, “Great, what am I going to be here for like a week?” I was in the ICU in Memphis for a week, but then sent to Shepherd center in Atlanta, Georgia. There I spent 4 months doing physical therapy everyday and learning how to live my life in different way. When I arrived to shepherd center I could only bend my right arm, barely move my neck, and breathe on my own (which I am very grateful for considering the level of my injury.) Over time I got a little stronger and was gaining a little function back. I woke up one morning and bent my left arm! Then I started to be able to move my wrists a little! It was very encouraging and started to cheer me up, but I was still awarded the “twiotch” (twitch & biotch) award at graduation because I had the strangest muscle spasms and I was not a happy camper to say the least. Coming home was bittersweet. It really made me realize what I couldn’t do anymore. I sunk into a deep depression because I felt like I had completely lost myself. Movement was me! That’s how I expressed my self. Wrestling with my brothers, busting into my sister’s room dancing like an idiot just to make her laugh, playing with our dog, running, cooking … the list could go on forever. Not being able to do any of that hit me hard. Friends would come and go, but ultimately it was my family that has been there 100%. I’m going on 8 years as a quadriplegic now, and I finally feel like I’m learning who I am again. I can now feed myself & do my makeup! Those are huge accomplishments for me because for the longest time I was scared of embarrassing myself. Life isn’t going to wait though & I’m starting to FINALLY realize this is my life so I need to embrace what I have to work with. I can type and I have always loved writing which lead me to finally starting a blog to share my life and thoughts with you all! I believe everything happens for a reason, and if my purpose is to spread positivity to help others then I’m happy with that! The only way to get through hard times is REMAIN OPTIMISTIC! Your struggles can bring out the best in you if you choose to see it! I still have my days where I just want to bust into tears, but that’s when just a few positive words can go a long way! Life isn’t about what you can or cannot do, it’s about what you have to offer.
I have designed T-shirts to spread positivity and I can’t wait to share them with everyone! Every T-shirt will be dedicated to a certain charity to raise money. [10% of every purchase]
The first shirt, charity, and details will be revealed soon!
I really do appreciate all the love and support from everyone! I need your help!! SHARE SHARE SHARE to spread the word! You never know who could use words of encouragement. Let’s use all this support to really do something good ❤️