Faith, Hope and Grace, my only reasons for existance. I have been blessed with the three most beautiful daughters in the world, that make my everyday the brightest. They are my motivations, first and foremost, behind all of this...Here's a little summary of my story and the reason for this site...
On January 20, 2002, my life changed forever. I was a passenger in a motor-vehicle accident caused by anger, at the age of 21. I was ejected from the car and received a spinal cord injury at T11, T12 that was incomplete. My family and friends were initially told that I only had 48 hours to live and that if I ever came out of a coma, I probably wouldn't even know my name. After 2 1/2 months, I emerged from that coma and I am here, now sharing my story. My dream has become to inspire and motivate as many people as possible, to keep moving forward inspite of any obstacles that may stand in their path on life's journey. There are many moments in life. Some are little subtle moments and some are big moments we never saw coming. It is what we do with those moments that determine who we are. I have chosen to take one moment in my life that was once considered a tragedy, and make it the most positive moment in my life. My disability does not define who I am, rather it gives me the content to reach my dream of making a difference in other lives.
On April 18, 2009, I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina 2009.I knew that with this title I would have a door of opportunity opened up for me to continue to share my story. At that moment, I was one step closer to reaching my dream. I traveled to Rapid City, South Dakota on August 24, 2009, to represent my state in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2010 competition. I had no idea that I was not only going to see my dream be put into motion, but also meet some of the most amazing people in my life. That week for me was one of the most life-changing experiences that I have ever encountered. On August 29, 2009, I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2010, and from that moment I knew that anything was possible.
Throughout the week prior to being crowned, I was so humbled and touched by the other girls that were participating in the competition with me. We had all overcome so many obstacles to get to that point in our lives and each of us brought a unique and inspiring story of persistance and determination. I did not expect to leave that competition with a crown, but rather with new friendships that would last a lifetime, and a sense of humbleness for where I had come to at that point in my life.
With my title, I am hoping to spread awareness about people living with disabilities and their accomplishments. People with disabilities are just as willing and able to reach their goals and dreams as anyone else living on this earth. We are not disabled, rather "differently" abled, as one of my friends, Ms. Wheelchair Colorado, Kelly Shellman, said in her platform speech at the competition. I could not agree more with Kelly. We may not always do things in "coventional" and traditional ways, but we get them done.
For years after my injury, I contemplated about why that one moment that changed my life forever happened. I knew in my heart and soul that there was a bigger and more meaningful reason for something to change my life so drastically. It couldn't have happened without a bigger purpose. I have now come to realize that I was right all along. Everything does truly happen for a reason.
I am proud to be a spokesmodel and member of Team Colours, for Colours Wheelchair out of Corona, CA. You can check them out at http://www.colourswheelchair.com/. I am also a proud member of the Life Rolls On Foundation. Check out their website at http://www.liferollson.org/. It is an awesome foundation that is giving other young people with spinal cord injuries opportunities to things such as surfing and golfing.
Please feel free to read the rest of my story. My soul and life purpose is to show the world that anything's possible, no matter what obstacles we may face. There is a reason and a purpose for everything that we encounter in our life's journey.
I update my blog entries frequently, please feel free to read them at your convience. I also have a blog set up at: http://unperfectangel.blogs.experienceproject.com/. God Bless!