On March 3, 2017 I was on my way to SCADs (Savannah College of Art and Design) in Atlanta where I had been attending college. I’d made the trip countless times but on this day, a one-ton tractor trailer hit the side of my SUV sending it backwards across three lanes of traffic. It wasn’t until the moment when one of the fire fighters touched my leg and I couldn’t feel anything, that I knew that something happened that made me paralyzed.
I underwent emergency surgery at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, GA to try to repair my damaged C6 C7 vertebrae. After surgery and many days in the ICU, I started getting sensations back in my lower body but was still paralyzed from the waist down, unable to move my legs, feet, toes, and hips. After 3 weeks at Hamilton Medical Center, I was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta GA, a specialized hospital for spinal cord injuries. Over the next 4 months, I gained some strength and relearned how to do daily activities. By the time I left, I could move my big toes.