trauma

Lindsey's Story "You Are Stonger Than You Think"

Lindsey's Story "You Are Stonger Than You Think"

I lived what most would describe as a normal life. Until I didn't. On August 10, 2013 my life changed forever. While on vacation, I was in a tragic accident where I was run over by a boat and “danced with the propeller.” These injuries left me with an amputated left leg, severely injured right leg, and lacerated right arm. In a matter of seconds, a freak accident changed my life forever.

Read Lindsey's full story HERE.

Shaelyn's Story "Warrior"

Shaelyn's Story "Warrior"

When I was driving through Pryor, Oklahoma I was in a horrific accident involving a semi truck. We came to a stop light, I was northbound, he was southbound, he made a left hand turn in front of me, I didn't have time to stop. I essentially t-boned the back of his trailer and drove up under it. The trailer ripped the roof off of my car and my car was stuck under the semi.The truck kept driving for a while, dragging my sideways car with him. When my car finally did come out from under the truck, it flipped several times, landed upside down, and slid about 100 yards. I was strapped into the driver's seat the whole time.

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Beth's Story "Perfectly Imperfect"

Beth's Story "Perfectly Imperfect"

I learned later that during trauma, the soul could leave the body so as not to experience the worst of what is happening.  This is what I did all those years ago and would continue to do for a good part of my life when times were tough and I needed to keep a smile on my face. I became a lie and believed a lie:  my family is perfect I would tell anyone who would listen.

Read Beth's Story "Perfectly Imperfect" HERE.

Tabitha and Yvonne's Story "His Miracles...Our Miracle"

Tabitha and Yvonne's Story "His Miracles...Our Miracle"

Tabitha was coming home from bowling with her boyfriend and another friend, around 1:45 a.m. A drunk driver ran a red light and t-boned her car. Tabitha was in the passenger seat and took the full force of the impact. She never saw it coming. The impact was so forceful that it threw the car across the intersection and down into a drainage ditch, about a 12-foot drop landing on the driver’s side. The car was so mangled that all three of them had to be cut out with the jaws of life.

Read "His Miracles...Our Miracle" HERE.

Anna's Story "Just Less Orderly"

Anna's Story "Just Less Orderly"

Drew died on a Wednesday. I was driving when my Mom called and told me to pull over. Her voice was low and hard, and I just knew that something terrible had happened. She was confused, and she said that she thought Drew was dead. I made the longest drive of my life to her apartment, which was only a few miles away. When I got to her home, there were police everywhere, and at that point I knew that he was gone.

Read Anna's Story HERE.

Katie's Story "Make You Feel My Love"

Katie's Story "Make You Feel My Love"

It couldn’t be true. It must be wrong. She didn’t have confirmation. I tried to calm her, to tell her we didn’t know anything for sure. I walked into the kitchen, as far as I could get from my own children’s bedrooms. I will always remember the conversation. I will always remember my sister saying, “he’s here,” and I will always remember hearing the sound of the police officer at my mother’s door, saying, “Ma’am, I regret to inform you…” And I will always remember how I sank into the cold tile of my own kitchen floor and felt my heart bleed from my chest. The sounds I made were indistinguishable.

Read Katie's full story HERE.

Erin's Story "Broken Yet Gracious"

Erin's Story "Broken Yet Gracious"

I was in shock, knowing what was happening but not being able to process it. With tears in his eyes he said "I’m sorry but we have lost her." I desperately asked if they were sure there was no heartbeat, and the tech solemnly nodded yes.

Read Erin's Story "Broken Yet Gracious" HERE.

Amber's Story "Be Kind"

Amber's Story "Be Kind"

"I couldn't feel my legs. The pain in my back was unbearable. I had panic attacks and cried a lot."


Read Amber's full story HERE.


 

Grace's Story

Grace's Story

"My spinal injury was caused not only by the head injury, but from years of compiled injuries. After three hours of surgery, my parents were told I would likely never walk again. At 14-years-old, over the course of a single evening, I changed from a tri-season athlete to a quadriplegic."

Read Grace's complete story HERE.

MADI'S STORY "A NEW NORMAL"

MADI'S STORY "A NEW NORMAL"

"I remember sitting there trying to give Madi an injection for the first time and my hand was shaking-- I just couldn’t do it. I remember hearing Madi’s little voice just saying ‘It's okay, Mamma, It didn’t hurt very much...She has to check her blood sugar every couple of hours, and administer a minimum of four injections every day to avoid a comma or other serious complications."

READ MORE OF MADI AND HER FAMILY'S TRAUMATIC STORY HERE.

SAYLOR'S STORY "HAUNTING"

SAYLOR'S STORY "HAUNTING"

"So finally, I did it. It was like a cold wave washed out my mind and my body and I was looking at myself from above when I swallowed the bottle of pills."

READ MORE OF SAYLOR'S STORY HERE.

HOLLY'S STORY "RADIANT"

HOLLY'S STORY "RADIANT"

“When I was six, the last thing I remember is waking up in the police station. My dad had driven us there and turned himself in after killing my mother."

READ MORE ABOUT HOLLY'S EXPERIENCE OF LOSING HER MOM HERE.

VAILET'S STORY "REFUGE"

VAILET'S STORY "REFUGE"

"Two people came in and searched every inch of our house. I was left alone with my two children."

READ MORE ABOUT VAILET HERE.

Daniels Story "February"

Daniels Story "February"

"This February was full of trials that their family would have to overcome together. Daniel was faced with his mother being diagnosed with ALS and his wife having complications with a pregnancy."

Watch the inspiring short film "February" HERE.