Tragic incident, triumphant story.
“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert
This is Gloria’s story about her tragic incident that she turned into a triumphant story.
Traveling on a California Highway to Las Vegas with my family back in 2000 for a short vacation an accident occurred that would completely alter my life in a matter of seconds. We were talking, listening to music like most of us would do as we go to our vacation spots. And, though we all know that accidents happen it is not something that we dote on much. If we did, none of us would probably drive. It is sort of like the aspect of dying. We all know that it is an inevitability but if we let it really get to us we may not ever live. So, on this fateful day the unexpected happened. My family and I were in a horrific car accident not of my doing. Out of nowhere it seemed, I got hit by an 18 wheeler carrying tons of rebar that had lost its brakes. My car went up in the air and tumbled over six times. It was hit with such force that I and my passengers were thrown across the highway into oncoming traffic and hit again by another 18 wheeler! That hit hurled my car down the highway embankment. That tangled mess of metal once know as a car was just that. Myself and others in the vehicle once know as human beings now looked liked broken rag dolls. The paramedics had said, to bring body bags because they felt that no one in my vehicle had survived. It was that mangled. But we did survive. I was the last to be extricated from a space in the car that I truly did not know how I wound up there let alone fit. I had a broken neck and a crushed spine. Here is what was incredible to me besides my survival.
Based on what the paramedics, firemen, and the doctors had said, I was not supposed to be alive. My mangled cars condition and ours left these professional seriously doubting that we’d survive. They were so convinced that body bags were there because it was felt that no one was alive. Crushed spine and broken neck. I can remember one of the doctors at the hospital saying “I do not think that I was going to make it. So he requested a specialist. The specialist whispers in my ear that he didn’t know what would happen to me but he was going to start by snapping my neck back. Weights are being brought in and the doctor was yelling that he needed more weights. Once that was done the next step was surgery. Remember, I could only respond by blinking my eyes. I came out of the surgery having being stabilized. I was put back together with mesh, rods, metal pins and pieces of bone from my hip. I had to wear a halo for quite some time.
From the start of this ordeal I was told that I probably would not live because my heart could not take it. Too much trauma. During my early stay in the hospital, I had been told that a football player had broken his neck and that he died. It was from his heart not being able to handle the trauma, not the neck injury. Then I am told that I would be paralyzed for the rest of my life and would be in a worse condition Christopher Reeves. There did not appear to be a lot of encouragement. So from a psychological point I am being constantly bombarded by negative comments. I was determined to overcome all of this.
Yes, I am alive. I am NOT supposed to be walking. But, that accident left me in excruciating pain The pain has been severe at times. On a scale of 1 to 10 it goes off scale to 15. I have been on a 13 year rehabilitation journey of body mind and soul. Mind you, I am still going to therapy and have used every type of rehabilitation suggested and known. Physical therapy, Chiropractic, acupuncturist, massage therapist. You name the procedure I have had it on the way to recovery. I have been on every kind of pain drug known to humankind too, and then some. I did not realize that there were so many different types of Vicodin. Demerol, morphine drip, dormeset. And despite all this the pain has persisted.
About two months ago my knees began bothering me. I was told I needed surgery. But, I might be able to reduce the pain or prolong needing surgery by losing 1lb. Yes, ONE POUND! According to my doctor me losing 1lb would be like losing 800lbs. I figured that I could do that!
But I did not want anymore surgery. I was told my heart cannot take anymore stress of that type. One thing that I learned from this accident is that sometimes things force one to make needed changes if one wants to survive.
Now stay with me here. Because, it may seem that I am about to throw you a curve in telling this story but in a sense that’s what I thought too. But, without that seemingly curve I would not be telling this story.
A friend of mine had been losing weight over a relatively short period of time. It was very noticeable to me. So knowing that I had to lose this ONE POUND, I asked her what she was doing? You may not believe her answer. She said, “I can show you but I do not know what it is called.” Now you tell me how that happens especially if results are definitely taking place. She showed me a wrist band and a few things she called stickers that were stuck to her body. I asked her if that was it. She said that there were a few other things but this was what did a lot of the work. I could not understand how she did not know what it was. But she said there would be a meeting that I could attend to get that information.
So, I attended the meeting. And as the speaker began, the first question asked was did anyone here have pain? Well, I was definitely puzzled. I came to find out how I could lose that ONE POUND so I could avoid surgery. BUT, as you already know I do have pain and now it was in my knees. So, up goes my hand! This speaker walks over to me puts something that looked like a piece of tape in my hand and asks three specific questions, what kind of pain, where it was located and was I open. You bet I was. But like Peter who was asked to walk on water I still had some doubts, however small. I am now looking at this sticker in my hand and wondering if it will really work. My mind now is really confused and is thinkng about several things at once. I came here to find out about losing weight. I am also trying to pay attention to the speaker who just happens to be a highly respected doctor explaining that NO DRUGS were involved, nothing enters the body, and that there were no side-effects. So, I went for the whole “Enchilada” I had those pieces of tape looking things called PURE RELIEF CHIPS put not only on my knees but my back where the other pain had been tormenting me since the accident. Right towards the end of the meeting which was a little over an hour later, I was asked what I was feeling. My reply was, I feel a little better. In my mind though, I was thinking that it was psychosomatic! It was then that I was told that I would feel even better over the next several days. Day, two I absolutely felt better and by the weeks end even better! At that point, I was the one asking when the next meeting was. I ran to that meeting so I could get me more of those chips! You see when you’re in constant extreme pain like me you’re always looking for that magic bullet to ease that pain. My pain has been reduced from a (OUT OF MY HEAD) level 15 type of pain to an average of between a 1 and a 5 level. I am now a happy customer of this phenominal product!
This is just one person’s story among countless others that hopefully will inspire you or someone you know. You see, most of us have an ability to turn a tragic incident into something positive. Gloria was asked something along the lines of if she was worse off because of what happened to her and the pain she has endured over the years. Her reply was, adamantly no. She had the audacity to say that she was actually a better person because of what happened to her despite her trials and tribulations. She chose her thoughts as much as she could. And those thoughts translated to how she perceived and responded to unfortunate circumstances of her life. She turned it into a triumph which reflects the opening quote by Elizabeth Garret.
Changing not only the way you think but the actions you take. Here’s to your health.
Chipsterhealth, July 29, 2013
Gloria has lost that ONE POUND using BODY REVOLUTION also by Cieaura. Since she found it easy to do she decided not to stop.
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