I was a passenger in a car accident. After emergency personnel rescued me from the car I was taken to Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL where emergency surgery was done to stabilize my spine.
The neurosurgeon on call performed a spinal fusion from T10-L2. The day after, my surgery was done on my right radius and ulna to stabilize the broken bones. Thereafter, I spent about 8 days in neurosurgerical intensive care unit (NSICU) and neurosurgical step down unit (NSSU).
On July 1st I was taken to Shepherd Center for rehabilitation. I spent a total of 4 months doing inpatient therapy, outpatient therapy, Step Program, and research studies.
I returned to college at Auburn University after only one semester off and continued to pursue my degree in Nursing and minor in dance while using a wheelchair.
I went on to become AU’s first wheelchair dancer. I received an award for my choreography and presented at regional and national dance conference.
In may of 2021, I graduated came laude with a bachelors of science in nursing and a minor in dance. I now am a licensed nurse working in post anesthesia care unit (PACU) at a hospital in Birmingham, AL where I live independently.
I continue to work on my recovery every day and currently only use a walking stick to get around. My recovery has been nothing short of a miracle and I continue to see progress.
I would really like to be able to have some financial assistance that I could put towards activities and therapies that will help me to progress as much as possible. These would include, yoga classes, aerial yoga, pilates classes, a gym membership, etc.