On January 20, 2002, a tragedy that had been a past intuition became a reality. I was twenty-one; I had a beautiful three-year-old daughter, a job at a local restaurant as a server and a bright future ahead of me. My goal at that time was to finish school and recieve my RN in nursing. I was in a very rocky relationship with a man that I thought I was in love with. He had a very bad temper and was not always able to control it. On that day, I had been to work and he picked me up as always. We had got into an argument and I was going to walk home from his house. I only lived a few blocks away. In a rage of anger, he picked me up and put me in the car. The roads were wet and icy. He was driving with anger. He was driving at a speed of 75mph in a 35mph zone and looked away to say something to me. When he did, he lost control of the car. I have no memory of that day at all. It is as if it never existed. I only remember waking up in the hospital almost two months later. When I woke up, I had tubes in my throat to help me breathe and IVs in my arms. I could hear the beeping of the monitors that surrounded me. I could only move my eyes. I could not feel my legs at all. My family's familiar faces surrounded me with hope in their eyes.
I was told by the doctors that I had been in the accident. There had been no other vehicles involved. The driver of the car had walked away with only minor injuries. They told me that the car had flipped approximately six times and I had been ejected from the car. It was estimated that I had flown about seventy-five feet, when my body hit a tree. Upon impact with the tree, a vertebra in my back had shattered, leaving me paralyzed with a spinal cord injury from the waist down. I had been in a coma for almost two months. The doctors also told me that I would probably never walk again. This news hit me like a ton of bricks being thrown at me with full-force. I could feel a lump forming in my throat. I felt nothing but devastation. It was as if I had just lost a loved-one. I was mourning the life that I had known for the last twenty-one years. That life was now forever gone.