<For those of you who have been following my blog over the last several months, I hope you enjoyed sharing in the journey as much as I have enjoyed taking the journey. I cycled well over 900 miles since spring. cycling for health, environmental reasons, sport, and lastly to raise awareness about Peacejam on the 600 mile cycling tour. So many of you have been supporting PeaceJam, and me and for that I say "Thank you". I have been away from blogging for awhile due to a traumatic life changing accident. On October 8th, less than two weeks after my sister and law and I cycled 600 miles throughout New England speaking with PeaceJammers and colleges, community groups, ect. Life changed in a blink of an eye. It was a gorgeous Saturday morning and I road my bike into work to have a meeting with the executive director. The day felt perfect. Blue skies, cool breezes, and warm sun. The commute to work is about 12 miles, just enough to get excited and look forward to the ride home. No carbon emissions, no gas and oil leaking on the road, just my legs and my heart fueling the commute.
On that day as I entered the town of Madison, a truck turning into traffic did not see me and ran over me. I felt my pelvis shattering, my butt getting ripped up by my seat lever, pain as thee delivery truck went over my abdomen and left leg totally degloving it.
It happened, I was a statistic and this statistic just immediately began fighting for her life. Shrieking in pain others stopped traffic and helped me get an ambulance. I was in critical care a few days at Yale and then on a ventillator asleep in and out of surgeries for a month. On November 11, I was released to Gaylords rehab hospital where they have a wound vac on my skinless leg, much daily care to the wounds on my stomach, including my beautiful new colostomy, and a four inch deep wound right in my tookus. I am also learning to walk again.
I have felt intense fear, anger, sadness, relief (as they almost lost me a few times) and now in the state of finding trust and acceptance.
Throughout all of this I have learned the definition of unconditional love through my husband that has slept by my side every night and all of my friends and family that have rallied together to not just support and pray for me, but also for eachother. God does answer prayers.
NextGen Leaders struggled financially and due to their outcome I have lost my job, but I am still hopefull about PeaceJam. PeaceJam is an international organization so I believe my work is far from done. For now, I need to heal and nourish my soul. Please pray for me during the day. Pray my wounds will heal, pray we can find a way to pay our expenses, and pray that Sean and I can keep strong and healthy souls as sometimes we just crumble and cry.
Life changes in an instant, I am alive to tell you about it. I am also not ever going to give up.
Please keep in contact.
With Peace and hope,