Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sara Inspired Me And I Know She Will Inspire You




OK~ Many of you know that I hit the YMCA 5-6 days a week, usually over the lunch hour. A few weeks ago I was so blessed to meet a gal named Sara. Let me share with you how we met. I really feel we met because we were destined to meet each other.

I was on a treadmill watching the news and I glanced acroos the aisle. I saw a young lady trying really, really hard to perfect each step she took on the treadmill. As I looked over at her, it took me back to almost six years ago. Six years ago I was in her shoes. I was struggling to walk, working hard on the exercise machines, doing my exercises and making every step count.

So, of course, the social part of me had to come out. I asked her if she had been through back surgery. She said, "No, I was in a car accident." I told her that I could really relate to what she was going through. I shared with her that my right foot is dropped and I understood how hard she was working. My ordeal was much different than hers, but I quickly learned we had a lot in common.

I knew that we had to get to know each other, so we met a few weeks later at a local coffee shop. Sara brought pictures of the car accident that happened on March 19, 2007. The vehicle that she was riding in was involved in a head on collision with a semi. When I looked at these photos, my heart fell to a new low. She had been through a very, very traumatic experience.

She had suffered a broken foot, a broken pelvis, a fractuerd right eye socket, a spinal lesion, broken nose, brain injuries and her right side was paralyzed. She and her family also mourned the loss of James' grandmother, Jill Larson; who parished in the accident.

She spent more than 30 days in a coma. Me being the curious person that I am, I asked her what she recalled about being in a coma. She said that it is true that you can hear what is going on around you, as she recalls people talking and crying. She really feels that the love that her family had for her and God's will for her to be around, brought her out of her coma a couple months later. In regards to her memory of the actual accident, she only remembers what she has been told.

Sara was a newlywed at the time and remians happily married to her husband, James.The ironic thing, her name is Sara Ann (just like me) and she lives about three miles from me in the country. Here in Iowa, three miles in the country is a neighbor! We both have foot drops. We shared ideas on how to deal with our nerve issues that we both experience. We also shared exercises that we both do to help us get through each day. Sara is 27 years old and was born the year that I graduated from high school- and somehow, we found each other and can inspire each other to keep on experiencing life!

Sara has came so far and is a true inspiration! This gal really inspired me to keep doing what I am doing- yes, that means I need to continue hitting the gym. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but Sara and I both know that it is so important to live your life to the fullest each day, as life can change in the blink of an eye.

There is something about connecting with a person that is dealing with the same issues you are. We both feel that many Doctors do not understand our issues, so having each other, is a win-win situation. Sara's advice to everyone is, "Laughter is the best thing for you. It is the best medicine. It lifts your spirit up!" After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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