The day my whole life changed

The day my whole life changed

November 28, 2014 black Friday was the day my whole life turned upsidown. I was in a horrifying car accident, which was a near-death experience. My best friend who was driving the car fell asleep at the wheel and her car went head on with a Semi truck hitting the passenger side where I was sitting. I was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and underwent immediate trauma surgery. I suffered for 4 weeks at the hospital going through countless surgeries and procedures. I felt pain that I would never wish on my worst enemy. Some of my injuries included internal bleeding, lesions in my intestines, a cracked liver, stents in my kidney, 3 broken ribs and several fractures in my neck that are currently being healed by the 4 screws in my head held together by 4 metal bars and attached to a vest. This odd looking thing is called a halo. I broke my C1 and C2 bones in my neck and one more break could have left me paralyzed. I was in ICU and in critical condition for 5 days. When I woke up all of the doctors and nurses called me a miracle child from that day on for surviving the types of injuries I suffered from. The doctors also said I was healing so fast they couldn’t even explain it. I only have a few memories from the hospital because of all the trauma but I will never forget hearing about the amazing prayer group that was set up for me at Bayside. It was so encouraging to see how many people came out and wanted to pray for me. Another important memory that stuck was the day my friend who was driving the car came to see me. I had a mixture of emotions running through my head as she walked in the door with barely a scratch. I remember her looking at me and crying, saying that she was so sorry. I then looked at her and said, I forgive you, because that’s what Jesus would do. Jesus suffered and died for our sins. He would not hold any of them against us. So why should I do that to my friend. I was released from the hospital the day before Christmas Eve and couldn’t have been more excited for Mass the next day. Before the accident I never saw him as clear as I see him now. I never let him fully into my life before and couldn’t be more grateful that he is completely in it now. God could have taken me to heaven that day but he kept me here on earth and there is a reason he did that. He gave me this wake up call and kept me here to tell my story and make a difference in other peoples lives. I go to sleep every night and wake up every morning thanking God for saving my life. Romans 8:28 says “all things work together for good to those who love God.” Some times are harder than others, some days are better than others, but positivity is the strongest medicine I’ve given myself. I don’t ask myself negative questions because I know that god has the answers to these questions and that he knows how thankful I am for being given a second chance. The best thing to come out of this experience was learning how god and having faith can make such an incredible difference in a person’s life. I will forever be grateful for every prayer because I know God spared my life. I can never thank him enough for allowing me to live and walk again and without being in a wheel chair, without pain, and to be a part of all the wonderful things that he is doing.Everyday is a blessing and our god is a miracle-working god. I was most definitely given a guardian angel on November 28th.