Three Years

Three years and one day ago I was a "normal" person.  I did normal things and I took for granted my normal life.  My body worked the way it was supposed to.  My life was busy as I carried on with all the normal tasks a busy mom of three needs to take care of.

Three years ago today a man ran a stop sign and t-boned my car.  Last year, on the two year anniversary of the accident I described it like this:

Contents in the car went flying everywhere.  My SUV spun a full 360 degrees on impact.  My back tires were blown out.  My body hurt instantly.  The noise of the crash was akin to an explosion and heard from more than a mile away.  When my car came to a stop it was facing the direction I had come from.  There were skid marks on the street.  There was debris from the accident strewn everywhere.  I couldn't get out of my car because the door had been jammed by the impact.  My left leg was swelling quickly, and something was terribly wrong with my right arm. 

If you're interested, you can read the post about what my life was like at the two year point by going here.  I wrote then, with tears streaming down my face, about the many changes my life had gone through in the aftermath of the accident.

I lost the use of my right arm as a result of the crash.  Well, I guess I should say I lost most of the use of my arm.  I'm right handed.  Six surgeries later, I doubt very much if anyone would question the difficulty of these last three years.

A year ago when I wrote my two year anniversary post, I tried to put on a brave face.  I can admit to you now I was in a lot of pain at the time and only some of it was physical.

It has been a long, hard, road.  

There have been six surgeries … three years of physical therapy, numerous tests, painful injections and countless tears.  The repurcussions to my social and personal life have been never-ending.

A year ago I knew my life would never return to "normal" but every ounce of my being was fighting the truth.  I ached with missing my old life just as my body ached with pain.  I was not in a very good spot physically or emotionally.  

Everything hurt, all the time.

Many of you have been following along with me this last year and have given me a tremendous amount of support.  I can't even begin to tell you how much your encouragement has meant.  There have been days when I've really struggled only to find a galvanizing email waiting for me.  So many of your comments and emails have carried me through some very tough days.

And now …

Now, I'm in a better place.  It's far from a perfect place, but it's definitely a much better place.  Have I accepted my "disability?"

No.

I never will.

Have I accepted myself as I am now, post car accident?  Yes, I think I have for the most part.  I've accepted the evolving process of my limitations.  I realize I've come a long way.  I realize I can still make further progress.  I realize I will never have full use of my arm again.  I think I've accepted that.  Just don't tell me I won't make any further progress or suggest I give up.  

You can give up on me if you'd like.  

Let's be honest here, a lot of my friends have given up on me.  I know that.

Don't even think of asking me to give up on myself.

I ziplined through a rain forest with one working arm, remember?  

Don't think for a minute I will give up on myself.

There are terrible, horrible, setbacks.  There are days when I'm so frustrated I want to scream.  There are days of excruciating pain.  There are days of dark, spiraling, depression when I want the world to join in on my pity party.  There are days when I just can't see, for the life of me, the progress I've made and I want to throw things against the wall.

There are also triumphs.  There are moments when I feel like I've climbed Mt. Everest because I've managed to lift my own arm another few degrees.  There are days when I accomplish some small, inconsequential, task with my right arm and beam with pride because a year ago it would not have been possible.  There are days when the pain isn't overpowering and I think, "I can live with this."

Have I ever had a choice?

When will I be done with physical therapy? I've asked my doctor.

When you stop progressing, he has answered.

I'm still making progress.

I'm grateful for that.  For right now, still making progress is good enough for me.

© Twenty Four At Heart

159 Responses to “Three Years”

  1. Celeste Maia

    You just stated the difference between those who take for granted their health and those who dont. At breathtaking speed life changed for us. But instead of trudging through the same old nowhere, you, like me, chose to fight and never give up.
    A very good entry. 24 at heart, indeed.

  2. Celeste Maia

    You just stated the difference between those who take for granted their health and those who dont. At breathtaking speed life changed for us. But instead of trudging through the same old nowhere, you, like me, chose to fight and never give up.
    A very good entry. 24 at heart, indeed.

  3. Celeste Maia

    You just stated the difference between those who take for granted their health and those who dont. At breathtaking speed life changed for us. But instead of trudging through the same old nowhere, you, like me, chose to fight and never give up.
    A very good entry. 24 at heart, indeed.

  4. Joanne

    you got that cute head on straight honey!!

  5. Joanne

    you got that cute head on straight honey!!

  6. Joanne

    you got that cute head on straight honey!!

  7. stephen

    Having lurked on your site for awhile, and reading your older posts to get caught up, let me just say this. You are an extraordinary human being and thank you for letting me come here to be entertained and inspired on a regular basis. steve

  8. stephen

    Having lurked on your site for awhile, and reading your older posts to get caught up, let me just say this. You are an extraordinary human being and thank you for letting me come here to be entertained and inspired on a regular basis. steve

  9. stephen

    Having lurked on your site for awhile, and reading your older posts to get caught up, let me just say this. You are an extraordinary human being and thank you for letting me come here to be entertained and inspired on a regular basis. steve

  10. Donna in VA

    Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I read your two-year anniversary post. Seriously.
    Your courage and stamina are a force to be reckoned with and one which I admire greatly. I’m thrilled to know that you’re in a better place and are “making progress”. GOOD FOR YOU!!

  11. Donna in VA

    Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I read your two-year anniversary post. Seriously.
    Your courage and stamina are a force to be reckoned with and one which I admire greatly. I’m thrilled to know that you’re in a better place and are “making progress”. GOOD FOR YOU!!

  12. Donna in VA

    Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I read your two-year anniversary post. Seriously.
    Your courage and stamina are a force to be reckoned with and one which I admire greatly. I’m thrilled to know that you’re in a better place and are “making progress”. GOOD FOR YOU!!

  13. Alan

    There ain’t no giving up here in Kentucky. You keep going to PT, giving the Torturer shit and keep making yourself better. You have a lot more friends now than you EVER have and we’re here whenever you need us!

  14. Alan

    There ain’t no giving up here in Kentucky. You keep going to PT, giving the Torturer shit and keep making yourself better. You have a lot more friends now than you EVER have and we’re here whenever you need us!

  15. Alan

    There ain’t no giving up here in Kentucky. You keep going to PT, giving the Torturer shit and keep making yourself better. You have a lot more friends now than you EVER have and we’re here whenever you need us!

  16. Stella

    You are the BOMBDIGGITY Twenty. I so admire you for continuing the journey regardless of the bad-ass knock down you got 3 years ago. It is awe inspiring. And the ‘friends’ who abandoned you post accident? — Trust me, one day, they will look back and realize what they have missed! TRULY! And Alan is correct, you’ve made a world full of new friends! If you EVER make it to Smyrna, TN — you have a standing invitation to a home cooked meal! 😉

  17. Stella

    You are the BOMBDIGGITY Twenty. I so admire you for continuing the journey regardless of the bad-ass knock down you got 3 years ago. It is awe inspiring. And the ‘friends’ who abandoned you post accident? — Trust me, one day, they will look back and realize what they have missed! TRULY! And Alan is correct, you’ve made a world full of new friends! If you EVER make it to Smyrna, TN — you have a standing invitation to a home cooked meal! 😉

  18. Stella

    You are the BOMBDIGGITY Twenty. I so admire you for continuing the journey regardless of the bad-ass knock down you got 3 years ago. It is awe inspiring. And the ‘friends’ who abandoned you post accident? — Trust me, one day, they will look back and realize what they have missed! TRULY! And Alan is correct, you’ve made a world full of new friends! If you EVER make it to Smyrna, TN — you have a standing invitation to a home cooked meal! 😉

  19. Kensi

    Your spirit and strength will help you to accomplish many more things. They will not be accomplished the same way they would have been, but you will continue to find ways to do the things you want to do!

  20. Kensi

    Your spirit and strength will help you to accomplish many more things. They will not be accomplished the same way they would have been, but you will continue to find ways to do the things you want to do!

  21. Kensi

    Your spirit and strength will help you to accomplish many more things. They will not be accomplished the same way they would have been, but you will continue to find ways to do the things you want to do!

  22. Kristan

    Oh TFAH… *hug*
    I think you should do something to celebrate the 3rd anniversary. And I know that sounds weird, but what I mean is that you should celebrate how much progress you’ve made, how many friends you gained through this blog, how many lives you’ve touched and inspired, how much support and love you’ve gotten from your family. I think you deserve to take this day back as a good day for yourself, because you have done so much with it when a lot of people wouldn’t have.
    And that, more than the boobs or the Money Town stories or the hilarious flashing tales, is why I fell in love with you and your blog. 🙂

  23. Kristan

    Oh TFAH… *hug*
    I think you should do something to celebrate the 3rd anniversary. And I know that sounds weird, but what I mean is that you should celebrate how much progress you’ve made, how many friends you gained through this blog, how many lives you’ve touched and inspired, how much support and love you’ve gotten from your family. I think you deserve to take this day back as a good day for yourself, because you have done so much with it when a lot of people wouldn’t have.
    And that, more than the boobs or the Money Town stories or the hilarious flashing tales, is why I fell in love with you and your blog. 🙂

  24. Kristan

    Oh TFAH… *hug*
    I think you should do something to celebrate the 3rd anniversary. And I know that sounds weird, but what I mean is that you should celebrate how much progress you’ve made, how many friends you gained through this blog, how many lives you’ve touched and inspired, how much support and love you’ve gotten from your family. I think you deserve to take this day back as a good day for yourself, because you have done so much with it when a lot of people wouldn’t have.
    And that, more than the boobs or the Money Town stories or the hilarious flashing tales, is why I fell in love with you and your blog. 🙂

  25. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Yours is one of the first blogs I started to follow, and I feel so fortunate I somehow “clicked” onto your site.
    I can’t believe all you’ve been through. It’s so hard. Clearly your intelligent sense of humor and determination are seeing you through. Inspiring is probably the last thing you think about being, but you surely are.
    Thank you for all you offer to your readers. If our support and encouragement helps in any way, we are honored.

  26. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Yours is one of the first blogs I started to follow, and I feel so fortunate I somehow “clicked” onto your site.
    I can’t believe all you’ve been through. It’s so hard. Clearly your intelligent sense of humor and determination are seeing you through. Inspiring is probably the last thing you think about being, but you surely are.
    Thank you for all you offer to your readers. If our support and encouragement helps in any way, we are honored.

  27. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Yours is one of the first blogs I started to follow, and I feel so fortunate I somehow “clicked” onto your site.
    I can’t believe all you’ve been through. It’s so hard. Clearly your intelligent sense of humor and determination are seeing you through. Inspiring is probably the last thing you think about being, but you surely are.
    Thank you for all you offer to your readers. If our support and encouragement helps in any way, we are honored.

  28. Linda

    I gotta start getting here earlier cuz Alan keeps stealing my comments. And Kensi. And Kristen.
    You’ve let us into your life 24. We’re the lucky ones.

  29. Linda

    I gotta start getting here earlier cuz Alan keeps stealing my comments. And Kensi. And Kristen.
    You’ve let us into your life 24. We’re the lucky ones.

  30. Linda

    I gotta start getting here earlier cuz Alan keeps stealing my comments. And Kensi. And Kristen.
    You’ve let us into your life 24. We’re the lucky ones.

  31. Cute~Ella

    I for one can see the change in your words alone. You keep up the really hard work and continue to make progress. HUGS!

  32. Cute~Ella

    I for one can see the change in your words alone. You keep up the really hard work and continue to make progress. HUGS!

  33. Cute~Ella

    I for one can see the change in your words alone. You keep up the really hard work and continue to make progress. HUGS!

  34. Andrea

    I caught up on your archives after reading your post at Karin’s blog while she was in surgery, and I have to say, you are a strong woman. The last year’s posts have had a voice change, though. You seem even more determined than ever to live life on your terms, that you know what you can and can’t do, but that you’re willing to challenge yourself to try anything if it means you’re not sitting around blaming your “can’t” on your disability. Instead of can’t, you’re trying. That’s big. That’s inspiring. And I hope you keep sharing with us your stories, your peaks and valleys, and know that we’re here when you feel like throwing things.

  35. Andrea

    I caught up on your archives after reading your post at Karin’s blog while she was in surgery, and I have to say, you are a strong woman. The last year’s posts have had a voice change, though. You seem even more determined than ever to live life on your terms, that you know what you can and can’t do, but that you’re willing to challenge yourself to try anything if it means you’re not sitting around blaming your “can’t” on your disability. Instead of can’t, you’re trying. That’s big. That’s inspiring. And I hope you keep sharing with us your stories, your peaks and valleys, and know that we’re here when you feel like throwing things.

  36. Andrea

    I caught up on your archives after reading your post at Karin’s blog while she was in surgery, and I have to say, you are a strong woman. The last year’s posts have had a voice change, though. You seem even more determined than ever to live life on your terms, that you know what you can and can’t do, but that you’re willing to challenge yourself to try anything if it means you’re not sitting around blaming your “can’t” on your disability. Instead of can’t, you’re trying. That’s big. That’s inspiring. And I hope you keep sharing with us your stories, your peaks and valleys, and know that we’re here when you feel like throwing things.

  37. Kelly

    You inspire me every single day. Every.Single.Day
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. What you don’t realize is how much you’ve touched our lives.

  38. Kelly

    You inspire me every single day. Every.Single.Day
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. What you don’t realize is how much you’ve touched our lives.

  39. Kelly

    You inspire me every single day. Every.Single.Day
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. What you don’t realize is how much you’ve touched our lives.

  40. Kellee

    I’ve not been reading long. I had no idea you’d been through all of this. I’ve stopped by occasionally and read about the bewbs or when I see you link a post on twitter. Your determination to keep going and keep progressing is inspiring. I hope you continue to do well and that you continue with therapy for a good long while.

  41. Kellee

    I’ve not been reading long. I had no idea you’d been through all of this. I’ve stopped by occasionally and read about the bewbs or when I see you link a post on twitter. Your determination to keep going and keep progressing is inspiring. I hope you continue to do well and that you continue with therapy for a good long while.

  42. Kellee

    I’ve not been reading long. I had no idea you’d been through all of this. I’ve stopped by occasionally and read about the bewbs or when I see you link a post on twitter. Your determination to keep going and keep progressing is inspiring. I hope you continue to do well and that you continue with therapy for a good long while.

  43. patois

    Oh, it’s clear you’re going to continue to make progress, physically and emotionally. How inspiring.

  44. patois

    Oh, it’s clear you’re going to continue to make progress, physically and emotionally. How inspiring.

  45. patois

    Oh, it’s clear you’re going to continue to make progress, physically and emotionally. How inspiring.

  46. lynette

    Then, much as you hate therapy…I hope you have to go for a LONG time. Good luck!

  47. lynette

    Then, much as you hate therapy…I hope you have to go for a LONG time. Good luck!

  48. lynette

    Then, much as you hate therapy…I hope you have to go for a LONG time. Good luck!

  49. nuckingfutsmama

    What a difference a year can make, huh? I can’t even imagine the pain, both mentally and physically, that you’ve had to endure. And I am flabbergasted that you’ve lost friends throughout that process — that is just unbelievable. It is so true what they say, though — you really find out who you can count on when the chips are down. You’ve obviously touched A LOT of lives just in the cyber world alone, so I can only imagine how incredible you must be in the real world! Keep on keepin’ on — you have a HUGE cheering section! 🙂

  50. nuckingfutsmama

    What a difference a year can make, huh? I can’t even imagine the pain, both mentally and physically, that you’ve had to endure. And I am flabbergasted that you’ve lost friends throughout that process — that is just unbelievable. It is so true what they say, though — you really find out who you can count on when the chips are down. You’ve obviously touched A LOT of lives just in the cyber world alone, so I can only imagine how incredible you must be in the real world! Keep on keepin’ on — you have a HUGE cheering section! 🙂

  51. nuckingfutsmama

    What a difference a year can make, huh? I can’t even imagine the pain, both mentally and physically, that you’ve had to endure. And I am flabbergasted that you’ve lost friends throughout that process — that is just unbelievable. It is so true what they say, though — you really find out who you can count on when the chips are down. You’ve obviously touched A LOT of lives just in the cyber world alone, so I can only imagine how incredible you must be in the real world! Keep on keepin’ on — you have a HUGE cheering section! 🙂

  52. Staceylt

    I haven’t been following you very long. I knew vaguely that there was an accident you were continuing to recover from, but I didn’t know the extent. Wow. You are such a great person.

  53. Staceylt

    I haven’t been following you very long. I knew vaguely that there was an accident you were continuing to recover from, but I didn’t know the extent. Wow. You are such a great person.

  54. Staceylt

    I haven’t been following you very long. I knew vaguely that there was an accident you were continuing to recover from, but I didn’t know the extent. Wow. You are such a great person.

  55. Michele P

    Seriously, 24, your mental toughness rivals the best of them. That combined with your willingness to be open about how much it truly sucks sometimes is very, very endearing and inspiring. Keep cranking–you are doing the best thing you can do. Surround yourself with your admirers (like all of us!) and don’t give up!

  56. Michele P

    Seriously, 24, your mental toughness rivals the best of them. That combined with your willingness to be open about how much it truly sucks sometimes is very, very endearing and inspiring. Keep cranking–you are doing the best thing you can do. Surround yourself with your admirers (like all of us!) and don’t give up!

  57. Michele P

    Seriously, 24, your mental toughness rivals the best of them. That combined with your willingness to be open about how much it truly sucks sometimes is very, very endearing and inspiring. Keep cranking–you are doing the best thing you can do. Surround yourself with your admirers (like all of us!) and don’t give up!

  58. Kate

    I feel like I’ve been there with you every step of the way. You make us all laugh on a regular basis DESPITE what you’ve been thru and continue to deal with. The fact that you make so many of us laugh regularly when you’re living in pain is a testament to your inner strength and spirit. You are a blessing TO US.

  59. Kate

    I feel like I’ve been there with you every step of the way. You make us all laugh on a regular basis DESPITE what you’ve been thru and continue to deal with. The fact that you make so many of us laugh regularly when you’re living in pain is a testament to your inner strength and spirit. You are a blessing TO US.

  60. Kate

    I feel like I’ve been there with you every step of the way. You make us all laugh on a regular basis DESPITE what you’ve been thru and continue to deal with. The fact that you make so many of us laugh regularly when you’re living in pain is a testament to your inner strength and spirit. You are a blessing TO US.

  61. Gwen

    Grace under pressure: sounds like you have it. A rare quality indeed.
    May you continue to progress.

  62. Gwen

    Grace under pressure: sounds like you have it. A rare quality indeed.
    May you continue to progress.

  63. Gwen

    Grace under pressure: sounds like you have it. A rare quality indeed.
    May you continue to progress.

  64. floating princess

    I just found your blog and didn’t know your story until now, but I was struck by how very brave and determined you sound. I’m glad for you that this anniversary finds you in a better place than the last, and hope that the next is even better.

  65. floating princess

    I just found your blog and didn’t know your story until now, but I was struck by how very brave and determined you sound. I’m glad for you that this anniversary finds you in a better place than the last, and hope that the next is even better.

  66. floating princess

    I just found your blog and didn’t know your story until now, but I was struck by how very brave and determined you sound. I’m glad for you that this anniversary finds you in a better place than the last, and hope that the next is even better.

  67. Elaina

    I am glad that you won’t ever give up. That’s inspiring. And by the way, your zip line post is still one of my favorites.
    “Anniversaries” of days like this can be so hard. Hang in there and know that you’re awesome, hilarious and a very strong woman!

  68. Elaina

    I am glad that you won’t ever give up. That’s inspiring. And by the way, your zip line post is still one of my favorites.
    “Anniversaries” of days like this can be so hard. Hang in there and know that you’re awesome, hilarious and a very strong woman!

  69. Elaina

    I am glad that you won’t ever give up. That’s inspiring. And by the way, your zip line post is still one of my favorites.
    “Anniversaries” of days like this can be so hard. Hang in there and know that you’re awesome, hilarious and a very strong woman!

  70. Ross

    May a thousand acts of kindness find and support you today. You’re an amazing woman, not just for what you’ve been through, but just for who you are.

  71. Ross

    May a thousand acts of kindness find and support you today. You’re an amazing woman, not just for what you’ve been through, but just for who you are.

  72. Ross

    May a thousand acts of kindness find and support you today. You’re an amazing woman, not just for what you’ve been through, but just for who you are.

  73. Ann's Rants

    Just met you at BlogHer. What a journey you’ve been on. Look at all the friends you have commenting and companioning you through.
    I know you didn’t choose this (far from it) and I hope this doesn’t sound trite, but I think you are incredibly brave and I have so much admiration for your determination and honesty about your process.
    Wishing you continued strength and many pain-free moments.
    Ann

  74. Ann's Rants

    Just met you at BlogHer. What a journey you’ve been on. Look at all the friends you have commenting and companioning you through.
    I know you didn’t choose this (far from it) and I hope this doesn’t sound trite, but I think you are incredibly brave and I have so much admiration for your determination and honesty about your process.
    Wishing you continued strength and many pain-free moments.
    Ann

  75. Ann's Rants

    Just met you at BlogHer. What a journey you’ve been on. Look at all the friends you have commenting and companioning you through.
    I know you didn’t choose this (far from it) and I hope this doesn’t sound trite, but I think you are incredibly brave and I have so much admiration for your determination and honesty about your process.
    Wishing you continued strength and many pain-free moments.
    Ann

  76. missy

    I want to congratulate you on your strength, persistence and sense of humor. You have reached deep inside to get through the last three years and have come through it with a lot of support and many new cheerleaders who can’t wait to read your posts everyday.

  77. missy

    I want to congratulate you on your strength, persistence and sense of humor. You have reached deep inside to get through the last three years and have come through it with a lot of support and many new cheerleaders who can’t wait to read your posts everyday.

  78. missy

    I want to congratulate you on your strength, persistence and sense of humor. You have reached deep inside to get through the last three years and have come through it with a lot of support and many new cheerleaders who can’t wait to read your posts everyday.

  79. Pseudo

    You’ve got me all choked up over here. You are so brave and have maintained such a sense of humor through your pain and trials.
    Love and hugs and aloha girl.

  80. Pseudo

    You’ve got me all choked up over here. You are so brave and have maintained such a sense of humor through your pain and trials.
    Love and hugs and aloha girl.

  81. Pseudo

    You’ve got me all choked up over here. You are so brave and have maintained such a sense of humor through your pain and trials.
    Love and hugs and aloha girl.

  82. Tara Bradford

    You are very brave and I admire your fighting spirit. Thank you for sharing your struggle – and your courage – with us.

  83. Tara Bradford

    You are very brave and I admire your fighting spirit. Thank you for sharing your struggle – and your courage – with us.

  84. Tara Bradford

    You are very brave and I admire your fighting spirit. Thank you for sharing your struggle – and your courage – with us.

  85. Sandra

    You’re awesome. You’re strong. You’re a survivor. I’m so happy I found you over 1.5 years ago. I will not give up on you. ((Hugs))

  86. Sandra

    You’re awesome. You’re strong. You’re a survivor. I’m so happy I found you over 1.5 years ago. I will not give up on you. ((Hugs))

  87. Sandra

    You’re awesome. You’re strong. You’re a survivor. I’m so happy I found you over 1.5 years ago. I will not give up on you. ((Hugs))

  88. Kim

    Awwww. You hang in there sweetie. Some of us will NEVER give up on you! You are a strong woman and a fighter for sure. You have come a long, long way and I personally am honored to have met you, well kind of. 🙂
    Sending hugs out your way on this tough day.

  89. Kim

    Awwww. You hang in there sweetie. Some of us will NEVER give up on you! You are a strong woman and a fighter for sure. You have come a long, long way and I personally am honored to have met you, well kind of. 🙂
    Sending hugs out your way on this tough day.

  90. Kim

    Awwww. You hang in there sweetie. Some of us will NEVER give up on you! You are a strong woman and a fighter for sure. You have come a long, long way and I personally am honored to have met you, well kind of. 🙂
    Sending hugs out your way on this tough day.

  91. Jan

    Oh, sweetheart. I’m a little late getting around here today, but better late than never, hmmm?
    I remember quite vividly the post you wrote on this day last year. I remember quite vividly the post you wrote on the day your doctor told you that you’d never regain full use of your arm again. You didn’t tell us what he said to you, just that you didn’t want to hear, much less accept, it. I remember vividly the post you wrote when you realized you weren’t though with PT – that you may *never* be through with PT.
    I also remember vividly all the posts in between. The posts where you make us giggle and laugh and scream and groan and shake our heads in disgust/amazement/amusement at the exploits of the people in Money Town. We’ve wandered beaches with you, and mooned trains with you, and experienced bionic nipples with you. We’ve laughed and cried and sighed with you.
    Have you come along way? Indeed you have – it’s been an amazing journey and we have been privileged to share it with you. And honored to continue to do so.
    (((Suzanne)))

  92. Jan

    Oh, sweetheart. I’m a little late getting around here today, but better late than never, hmmm?
    I remember quite vividly the post you wrote on this day last year. I remember quite vividly the post you wrote on the day your doctor told you that you’d never regain full use of your arm again. You didn’t tell us what he said to you, just that you didn’t want to hear, much less accept, it. I remember vividly the post you wrote when you realized you weren’t though with PT – that you may *never* be through with PT.
    I also remember vividly all the posts in between. The posts where you make us giggle and laugh and scream and groan and shake our heads in disgust/amazement/amusement at the exploits of the people in Money Town. We’ve wandered beaches with you, and mooned trains with you, and experienced bionic nipples with you. We’ve laughed and cried and sighed with you.
    Have you come along way? Indeed you have – it’s been an amazing journey and we have been privileged to share it with you. And honored to continue to do so.
    (((Suzanne)))

  93. Jan

    Oh, sweetheart. I’m a little late getting around here today, but better late than never, hmmm?
    I remember quite vividly the post you wrote on this day last year. I remember quite vividly the post you wrote on the day your doctor told you that you’d never regain full use of your arm again. You didn’t tell us what he said to you, just that you didn’t want to hear, much less accept, it. I remember vividly the post you wrote when you realized you weren’t though with PT – that you may *never* be through with PT.
    I also remember vividly all the posts in between. The posts where you make us giggle and laugh and scream and groan and shake our heads in disgust/amazement/amusement at the exploits of the people in Money Town. We’ve wandered beaches with you, and mooned trains with you, and experienced bionic nipples with you. We’ve laughed and cried and sighed with you.
    Have you come along way? Indeed you have – it’s been an amazing journey and we have been privileged to share it with you. And honored to continue to do so.
    (((Suzanne)))

  94. Jane

    I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, but I admire your strength and attitude very much, and have no doubt at all that you’ll keep progressing.

  95. Jane

    I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, but I admire your strength and attitude very much, and have no doubt at all that you’ll keep progressing.

  96. Jane

    I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, but I admire your strength and attitude very much, and have no doubt at all that you’ll keep progressing.

  97. Cate

    I’ve just caught up on your full story, being new to your blog and you truly are a model for grace, optimism and sheer courage.
    Keep on hanging tough!

  98. Cate

    I’ve just caught up on your full story, being new to your blog and you truly are a model for grace, optimism and sheer courage.
    Keep on hanging tough!

  99. Cate

    I’ve just caught up on your full story, being new to your blog and you truly are a model for grace, optimism and sheer courage.
    Keep on hanging tough!

  100. vodkamom

    wow, that was amazing. Let me just say that I admire you even MORE than I did before.
    sending you hugs.

  101. vodkamom

    wow, that was amazing. Let me just say that I admire you even MORE than I did before.
    sending you hugs.

  102. vodkamom

    wow, that was amazing. Let me just say that I admire you even MORE than I did before.
    sending you hugs.

  103. Christine

    You *are* still making progress and that’s what matters. I hope things continue to get better and better for you. ((((HUGS))))

  104. Christine

    You *are* still making progress and that’s what matters. I hope things continue to get better and better for you. ((((HUGS))))

  105. Christine

    You *are* still making progress and that’s what matters. I hope things continue to get better and better for you. ((((HUGS))))

  106. Lu ~ @masmom

    Really inspiring for me. I had a cadaver tendon graft surgery on my ankle in Feb. I was finally getting around again, working 2 days a week, chasing the 2 yo & PT (TORTURE)2 days. Recently I ruptured my graft and am facing another surgery, more recovery, and more torture. I have been so down in the dumps, but you are really inspiring me. I really need to try and have a better attitude.
    Keep up it up girl!

  107. Lu ~ @masmom

    Really inspiring for me. I had a cadaver tendon graft surgery on my ankle in Feb. I was finally getting around again, working 2 days a week, chasing the 2 yo & PT (TORTURE)2 days. Recently I ruptured my graft and am facing another surgery, more recovery, and more torture. I have been so down in the dumps, but you are really inspiring me. I really need to try and have a better attitude.
    Keep up it up girl!

  108. Lu ~ @masmom

    Really inspiring for me. I had a cadaver tendon graft surgery on my ankle in Feb. I was finally getting around again, working 2 days a week, chasing the 2 yo & PT (TORTURE)2 days. Recently I ruptured my graft and am facing another surgery, more recovery, and more torture. I have been so down in the dumps, but you are really inspiring me. I really need to try and have a better attitude.
    Keep up it up girl!

  109. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Such an inspiration you have been. Through your pain, an example of the curative powers of sarcasm and laughter.
    Hang in there Suzanne….and if you get a chance, check on Lo, she’s having a hard time.

  110. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Such an inspiration you have been. Through your pain, an example of the curative powers of sarcasm and laughter.
    Hang in there Suzanne….and if you get a chance, check on Lo, she’s having a hard time.

  111. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Such an inspiration you have been. Through your pain, an example of the curative powers of sarcasm and laughter.
    Hang in there Suzanne….and if you get a chance, check on Lo, she’s having a hard time.

  112. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Such an inspiration you have been. Through your pain, an example of the curative powers of sarcasm and laughter.
    Hang in there Suzanne….and if you get a chance, check on Lo, she’s having a hard time.

  113. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Such an inspiration you have been. Through your pain, an example of the curative powers of sarcasm and laughter.
    Hang in there Suzanne….and if you get a chance, check on Lo, she’s having a hard time.

  114. Yvette (Lo's Mom)

    Such an inspiration you have been. Through your pain, an example of the curative powers of sarcasm and laughter.
    Hang in there Suzanne….and if you get a chance, check on Lo, she’s having a hard time.

  115. Heather

    You have come a long way. Your attitude helps so much with recovery and rehab…if anyone can do it I know you can.

  116. Heather

    You have come a long way. Your attitude helps so much with recovery and rehab…if anyone can do it I know you can.

  117. Heather

    You have come a long way. Your attitude helps so much with recovery and rehab…if anyone can do it I know you can.

  118. Krista/Double Dipped Life

    Wow. You are inspirational! I live with daily pain too, not from such a dramatic cause, but I want to say “GOOD FOR YOU!” It’s hard not to dwell on who you used to be. But, try not too! Just think of all the things you can do today that you couldn’t do 3 yrs ago!
    Congrats on your progress and on your amazing attitude!

  119. Krista/Double Dipped Life

    Wow. You are inspirational! I live with daily pain too, not from such a dramatic cause, but I want to say “GOOD FOR YOU!” It’s hard not to dwell on who you used to be. But, try not too! Just think of all the things you can do today that you couldn’t do 3 yrs ago!
    Congrats on your progress and on your amazing attitude!

  120. Krista/Double Dipped Life

    Wow. You are inspirational! I live with daily pain too, not from such a dramatic cause, but I want to say “GOOD FOR YOU!” It’s hard not to dwell on who you used to be. But, try not too! Just think of all the things you can do today that you couldn’t do 3 yrs ago!
    Congrats on your progress and on your amazing attitude!

  121. Stephanie

    There are days when I feel this way too. Only I don’t have a physical disability.
    I’m just a new mom.
    You go girl! Glad I found you via @JessicaGottlieb!

  122. Stephanie

    There are days when I feel this way too. Only I don’t have a physical disability.
    I’m just a new mom.
    You go girl! Glad I found you via @JessicaGottlieb!

  123. Stephanie

    There are days when I feel this way too. Only I don’t have a physical disability.
    I’m just a new mom.
    You go girl! Glad I found you via @JessicaGottlieb!

  124. Alli

    You are so inspiring for so many people. Amazingly enough you don’t even realize it. LOVE YOU!

  125. Alli

    You are so inspiring for so many people. Amazingly enough you don’t even realize it. LOVE YOU!

  126. Alli

    You are so inspiring for so many people. Amazingly enough you don’t even realize it. LOVE YOU!

  127. sometimessophia

    What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… You are the embodiment of that statement, and a wonderful role model for others who suffer. Congrats for being in a better place. That’s major.

  128. sometimessophia

    What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… You are the embodiment of that statement, and a wonderful role model for others who suffer. Congrats for being in a better place. That’s major.

  129. sometimessophia

    What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger… You are the embodiment of that statement, and a wonderful role model for others who suffer. Congrats for being in a better place. That’s major.

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