Last Thursday was a full circle day for me. It was exactly one year from the day of my accident. For those of you who do not know, last October, I was on vacation in Florida and went out for a run when I got hit by a car. My life changed forever…in an instant. On October 31, 2014, I underwent reconstructive surgery on my pelvis and then began a long, long road to recovery.
I have had plans for this profound day for a long time. My intention was to go to the intersection where I was hit by the car, and run right on through it. And last Thursday morning, in Englewood, Florida, that’s exactly what I did. My final step of victory came in conquering what tried to conquer me.
It has been an incredible year, full of ups and downs, challenges and the most physical pain I have ever endured in my lifetime. But I stand here today declaring my miracle. God is faithful and so very able. By His grace I have overcome! I will run the race set before me with endurance!
I had other plans for my trip to Florida, too. Tuesday afternoon I had the great honor of giving my half marathon medal to the best surgeon in the world, Dr Bret Bolhofner. I like to say he is the one who put Humpty Dumpty back together again. He was so blown away by my gift. He kept saying to me, “You did so good!” And I kept saying back, “No! YOU did so good!” It was a joyous reunion.
We also stopped at Bayfront Rehab where I took a thank you card and gift to the staff that became my angels and got me well enough to make the flight back to WI. They lit up when they saw me walking and smiling and heard me thank them for the beautiful way that they change lives every day.
The storms that are meant to break you, can be the very things that make you. I have become someone I was not just one year ago and for that, I wouldn’t change a thing. God truly works all things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
I would like to say thank you again, to all who loved and encouraged me through this. You are all my angels. You have no idea how you words and cards and gifts filled and fueled me. A very special thank you to my husband, Scott, who did not miss a single beat taking care of me from the moment he got the phone call. I feel like the most blessed woman I know because I have him.
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea”
He has surely been a help in my time of trouble. And it is my hope that sharing the ups and downs of this difficult year has filled you with hope and the belief that with God, all things are possible.
There are only a few things you need to know about me.
I have a big, blended family. And by big, I mean 12 kids, a son-in-law and 3 perfect grandsons. We have been through hell and back and I wouldn’t change a thing.
I hate religion but I love Jesus.
I run because punching people is frowned upon.
I ride a Harley Davidson Road King® because every Queen needs her King.
And… I am super stubborn and that is why I will not stop until I have helped bring healing to every person I can, in any way that I can.
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