August 21, 2009 is a date that changed my life.
I woke up bright and early to take my sister to her dance practice, just 10 minutes down the road. I had just started driving that year–I was 16 years old.
The next thing I knew I found myself in a helicopter giving a man my mother’s phone number. Then I woke up again in a hospital bed seeing my dad–the tears from my eyes just started flowing.
I had gotten into a car accident. My dad told me that everything was going to be okay.
I was T-boned as I was turning left onto a busy street. I broke my pelvis, some ribs, had a collapsed lung and cut my foot.
At this time in my life, I was very involved with sports, and I seriously thinking about playing soccer collegiately. As a 16-year-old, you think you have everything figured out–and for me that was playing soccer. But with an injury like that, it changed my course of life.
The car accident happened the Friday before my junior year in high school, and I missed my first month of school. This time was difficult and I remember feeling so depressed all the time, asking God how this could have happened to me.
Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
This Bible verse has become my favorite, because man, if I would’ve known what was to come, I wouldn’t have suffered so much!
I lost some friends. I grew closer to others. It was such a vital moment in my life that I’m so very grateful for right now. But at the time it wasn’t anything that I was smiling about. It’s really so amazing how God works through out obstacles!
Since I didn’t have soccer to rely on, I had more time to spend at my church. I got very involved with the ministry and that’s what initially led me to go to University of the Incarnate Word… and three years after that I met my husband!
This is a brief story on what happened to me 10 years ago– I wrote something a little bit more into depth about 6 years ago (right around the time I met Edwin 🙂 if you’d like to read that click here.
Some memorable moments from this time 10 years ago:
I spent one month at my house with my mom. We watched Oprah every day and I clearly remember watching her 24th anniversary season premier with the Black Eyed Peas starting the flashmob trend–so cool! I’m still so impressed.
When I went back to school, I used a wheelchair for about a month and had all of my lovely friends help me and push me around. Then when I moved into using a walker. The first day that I started using a walker happened to be the week after Homecoming week. During this particular homecoming week, one day we dressed up as grandpas and grandmas. On this day I started using my walker, we had a fire-drill, so we had to go outside and of course I was using my walker. One (rude rude bully) boy yelled across the hall at me, “It’s not grandparents day anymore!” I tried holding back the tears, but they just started flowing. Thank God for some good friends I had in my computer class. 🙂 They comforted me.
Thanks for all the prayers and all the support you’ve shown me along the way. Always thanking God for the blessings he gives me.
Here’s the photo version of my #10yearchallenge 😀