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14 years ago today, I nearly died

Monday, July 01, 2013

Today is the anniversary of my car accident. I rolled my car at 75 mph and the door opened. I came part way out and the car rolled on me and proceeded to fling my body nearly 100 yards on the next roll. Needless to say, I broke a lot of bones including my pelvis, skull and vertebrae. I spent the next several months in the hospital and even more in a wheel chair. I had to learn to walk again.

This is how I gained weight the first time. Going from being a daily runner to an extremely sedentary lifestyle coupled with depression was the catalyst. I managed to lose all of the weight and maintain for many years.

Then nearly 3 years ago, my father died. My brother and I were raised by our dad. He was both mom and dad to me. Depression hit me like a ton of bricks again. I am not much of a drinker, I don't smoke or do drugs, so I coped with the grief using food.

I am finally back on the fitness and healthy eating path :-) I still have days where I don't want to do anything and I want to make myself feel better (however temporarily) with food. Each year around the anniversary of my accident I have myself a little pity party. It didn't last long this year, which I am proud of. I figure I am allowed to wallow once a year for a bit, since I don't give in to the poor me's any other day even though I live with constant chronic pain as a fall out of my injuries. The people in my life don't get stuck hearing about how I hurt all the time. Nobody wants that. I don't want to acknowledge it the pain and they don't want to hear about it.

So today, I have decided I am going to celebrate. I am going to celebrate the fact that I am alive to feel all of that pain. Celebrate the fact that my spinal cord didn't sever, no matter how close it was, and that I was able to walk again. Celebrate the family I still have left and let them know I love them. Celebrate the friends I have gathered in life and thank them for their friendship. Yes, today I celbrate! and then go to work, lol

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MYAKAYAH 7/25/2013 4:33AM

    Wow and I thought I was very lucky, good job with living life~

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CAPECODBABE 7/6/2013 8:57PM

    What a great attitude you have emoticon

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KEELIE21 7/3/2013 9:20AM

    This brought tears to my eyes Tiff! I can't tell you how grateful I am that you have made it this far! As my spark bestie you have been so helpful to my process and I see how your positive attitude (even in the face of struggles) has helped many others as well.

I will celebrate right along with you!

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AZULVIOLETA6 7/2/2013 6:03PM

    Coming that close to death changes everything, doesn't it? I nearly died 9 years ago from a brain aneurysm and there is a hard line between before and after. I call the day of my final surgery my Happy Brain Day and celebrate it each year like a second birthday. Congrats to you on making positive changes.

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LOVESLIFE48 7/2/2013 5:33PM

    emoticon You have a great reason to celebrate!! You are amazing!!

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KATYDID412 7/2/2013 4:38PM

    Glad you're still here. You have good reason to celebrate!

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PRETTYPITHY 7/2/2013 4:35PM

    So glad you're here so I can celebrate with you. I've never had such an ugly physical trauma but I've lost a parent and know what that can do to our minds. emoticon

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JAHINTZY 7/2/2013 2:30PM

    A good perspective to take! So glad that you're able to be with us now 14 years later :)

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TXTOAD9970 7/2/2013 2:29PM

    Good for you - better to celebrate than to wallow in self-pity. Pain sucks.

In August 1992, I was in a car accident. I was thrown 50 feet from the vehicle and landed on the side of the road. I was lucky - only broke my right collarbone and required a bunch of stiches. I was in the hospital for three days. But like you, I still live with the pain. My neck will never be the same.

All these years later, I am thankful that I survived. I have a loving husband and three beautiful children. Life is good. There are many reasons to celebrate.

Best of luck to you on your Spark journey. Enjoy your day!

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FRAN0426 7/1/2013 10:58PM

    Celebrating being alive after tradgedy, you have come a long way---and keep up the good work of getting stronger and walking--you are very fortunate to be alive.

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HDHAWK 7/1/2013 8:41PM

    You have cause to celebrate for coming back from such a terrible accident. emoticon

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MISSB8604 7/1/2013 6:25PM

    You are amazing.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/1/2013 2:55PM

    I celebrate with you because you are here and you are a beautiful spirited person. emoticon

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LADYSMITHC 7/1/2013 2:00PM

    emoticon Whether you decide to buy balloons to celebrate,
emoticon shout for joy
emoticon sit quietly in gratitude
emoticon See the beauty around you and contemplate the positives, just like you said!
Way to go!
Be well! emoticon emoticon

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MOONSTREAM 7/1/2013 1:46PM

    Thanks for sharing
I'm celebrating with you!! emoticon

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    Well, congrats on living through all that. You are so strong!

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GOLFGMA 7/1/2013 11:00AM

    You have reason to celebrate. You are an inspiration. Our God is in control and He saved you for a purpose! Have a wonderful celebration! emoticon

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