Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A little over 4 months ago I was run over by a drunk driver in a van while on my bicycle. To make matters worse, it was a hit and run. A kind man who witnessed the whole mess chased her down and called the cops while I lay broken in 4 places in the street. I was on my bicycle and got knocked off and then run over by two tires, the first over my face, chest, and arms, the second crushing my pelvis like a walnut. I was then dragged through the street to the middle of the road. I was awake for 98% of it. The pressure and intensity of the crushing of my pelvis must have made me pass out, I awoke thinking I was paralyzed. I quickly tried to get up and was forced back down by pain and the swarms of people around me. I managed to wiggle my fingers and toes and realized as bad as it was I could handle it, I would paint, run, dance, lift, jump, etc...even if it took me forever to do it. From that very moment I set my mind on this goal and NOTHING, not even a sherman tank was going to stop me. I spent a total of 16 agonizing days in the hospital, 9 waiting , laying broken in bed for surgery. I was told I will never have a natural childbirth, I'd HAVE to have a c-section and would not be allowed to get pregnant in the next year. I was told it would be a year for recovery that I could expect AT BEST to walk in 3-5 months and run in 8-12. I just knew I wouldn't let anything discourage me. 6 weeks went by in a wheelchair not being able to stand but on one foot for a few moments and I had another appointment, I WALKED out of the hospital carrying my crutches!! I pushed it everyday to walk further and further, I was up to a 2 hour walk. Time passed and at the 4 month mark I had another appointment for x-rays, during that time leading up to it I had been walking as much as possible and doing what little weight routines I could handle. After the x-rays the doctor said I had "NO RESTRICTIONS" I could run, do whatever I want, my bones had healed SO well that I could go for it, with caution! The doctor said, just don't fall!!! So here I am a week later, I've walked 10 miles in one day and ran for 70 minutes in another. I am remembering to celebrate all the little victories and really weaning myself from using food as comfort! My new mantra is "progress, not perfection" and today is the perfect example of that! I hope to inspire at least 1 person to realize hoe precious life is, and the gift of your body and mind, let's treasure these gifts and honor ourselves everyday, be it through healthy mindful eating, exercise, meditation, or just being positive!