Before my ATV accident, my life was busy working for my now ex-husband, raising my teenage kids, and playing tennis on a team with really good friends. I did all the things we women know how do to very well with blindfolds on (no offense to any men who do these things too).
I worked all day, shopped for food to cook for dinner, cooked dinner, cleaned the kitchen, helped the kids with any homework or projects due, went to sleep later than I should, and then got up the next morning to start this process all over again! This was my before life.
The accident on February 7, 2009, changed my life forever. I am no longer married (this had nothing to do with the accident. My ex and I filed the divorce papers two months prior.), and I can no longer play tennis.
I am still a mom to my kids, my ex and I are better friends than we’ve ever been, I wrote a book, and I don’t give a hoot about not playing tennis. Instead of focusing on all the things I can no longer do, I challenge myself to find other things to answer the question: Why am I still here?
I believe I’m still here to inspire others not to give up. After the accident, my perspective changed. I’m grateful to be alive, to be a role model to my kids, and to inspire others with my story of survival. Headstrong is a book about the accident, but the message is really about the will and courage to overcome whatever obstacles block your path.