part 1 & part 2) when I was 19 years old. A car ran a red light and T-boned my car on the driver's side. The accident caused many injuries: broken ribs and a broken pelvis, a collapsed lung, a ruptured spleen and severe internal bleeding. The car that hit me was going approximately 50 mph, and the impact was so severe that it caused my head to swing to the right, snapping my neck in what is referred to as a "hangman's fracture." My neck broke at the second cervical vertebrae, leaving me paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe on my own. I've gone from having a normal, able-bodied life to now being disabled and completely dependent on others for all of my physical needs.
I never expected to break my neck and become permanently disabled, especially in the prime of my life, but I've adapted well and have made the best of my new life. I can honestly say that I'm one of the happiest people I know and I wouldn't change my life, even if I could. I credit God for my positive attitude, because He has truly given me a spirit of joy. Just as I never expected to become paralyzed, I would've never expected to find so much JOY in a life that would be undesirable to most.
This is a picture of my mom and me. She is my caregiver, my best friend and is truly an angel for devoting her life to spending so much time each day taking care of me.