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Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Today is the 12th anniversary of the tragic accident that changed my life forever

A drunk driver hit my husband and I doing about 58 miles an hour. The entire motor in our vehicle was moved forward and my foot was forever damaged.

I do know - I was a miracle that day. I could have died. A traffic signal pole was mere inches from where I sat once our car came to a stop. I will always remember the stench from the burning airbags. The terror of seeing a pole coming at me faster then I could blink. The sound of metal twisting and tires screeching. Then of course me screaming.

The drunk driver - he took off. He had no license. No insurance. The people at the nearby store stopped him and held him until the police came.

For me the past twelve years have been a struggle to walk. What shoes to wear. Cane or no cane. How far is it? Is it bumpy, rocky, hilly, paved, gravel or stone? Sand and snow - no way! At 34 years old - I ran my last run and walked my last walk in high heels. I danced my last dance in high heels, ran my last barefooted run with my kids and my dog, hiked a hill and sled down one, walked on a beach barefooted and ran the sand through my toes, climbed a mountain and ran down the hill racing the kids to get ice cream, hiking the hills upnorth. So many things I had to let go and learn what I could do.

I do miss highheels and barefeet walking and running!

This year I climbed a sanddune - thinking I would never make it to the top of one again.
WOOHOO! I climbed on my butt from the bottom to the top.. we all get to that point when climbing a dune anyways..

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So thankful to be alive. I got to see my kids graduate, and attended 3 grandkids births, I get to enjoy all 6 of them tho!, Don & I bought a house with some property, I got to work my dream job if only for a short time. I keep on keeping on! With Christ I can do anything!

God sees me through it all and to Him I give all of the glory. He holds my life in His hands!

Looking back I dont always reflect on what I have lost, but the perspective I have gained.
Life is hard. You have to dig deep sometimes and just trust God that no matter what is in front of you - it is only temporary. When I get to heaven I cant wait to run again.

So how about it? Will you give me a smile today?
Thanks and God Bless you!
jeanla
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ANNIESADVENTURE 2/3/2010 4:21PM

    I'm with you, nodding in agreement as I read. Been there. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my 30s and had to use a cane. I so understand where you are coming from. Your accident was traumatic in more ways than one. You just keep going. Can't let it stop you from enjoying life in our own way.
Yep, I miss pretty shoes, too. After the first hip replacement I thought maybe...no, didn't happen.
One day I was doing my usual walk on the track around the soccer fields and had this overwhelming urge to run as I watched a runner glide past. How hard could it be? Just walk a little faster until my feet developed wings. No, didn't happen. If I fall, I can't get up. It's kind of isolated there. I walk like an elephant now, clunk, clunk, clunk so I can't even use my beloved treadmill anymore. Have to remember heel-toe, heel-toe when I walk. Don't waste time feeling sorry. I am so grateful to be walking! With every step, my heart whispers, "Thank you."
I've never let it stop me from doing pretty much what I want to do (except bowling...would look funny bowling with a cane, haha.) I even panned for gold in Alaska, scrambling down rugged terrain. We can do it, girl. Every pound we lose is going to make this journey easier.
I look forward to running with you in heaven. I get envious reading about all the runners here, people who never thought they would run. That's going to be us one day. :)
Annie

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YATMAMA 1/30/2010 8:03PM

    I rejoice with you that you are HERE, and that God has gifted my life with you. His purposes are beyond our comprehending. How good He is!!

*huggggggggggggggggs*

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IUHRYTR 1/30/2010 7:36PM

    Often, like with your situation, we ask why we were saved and wonder what our higher purpose in life is. Sadly, we may never know. Perhaps, though, it is to write of your experience as you did here, and give us readers hope for a better tomorrow and make us realize that we need to be grateful for all thins, large and small, that we have been given. Thank you for a powerful message. -- Lou

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BIRDLEGS29 1/30/2010 7:24PM

    I give thanks that you are a believer and know God keeps you under his wing. I often wonder how non-believers get through tough times and you have sure been tested. A zillion smiles for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YOU HAVE A LOT OF SMILES MY FRIEND YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE IS emoticon
YOU ARE DOING GREAT

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PMJLNR 1/30/2010 4:46PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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