June 28, 2015.
June 28th 2015 was the day that changed my life forever!
Hi! My name is LaShera and I am living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). On a beautiful summer day, I was injured in a car accident which left me paralyzed from the waist down aka a paraplegic. I was cut off by some guy in Chester which startled me & made me lose control. Within minutes, I was in a ditch on the side of the highway. I remember first, feeling the worst back pain ever then NOT feeling my legs or feet. It didn't register that I was paralyzed until after my 2nd surgery honestly. Long story short, I became depressed for many reasons. To name a few, I blamed myself for the accident which ate me up inside, I had to stop working and I had to stay in rehab. Despite all of that, I was so grateful to be alive and that no one else was in the car with me!
After being in the ICU for a few a week, I was enrolled in a in patient rehabilitation program at Magee for 6 weeks & outpatient for 4 weeks. Although I was sad and in constant pain, I fought through it & kicked butt during my physical & occupational therapy sessions. Honesty, if it were not for my FAMILY, I wouldn't have gotten through it.
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I am truly grateful to have been a patient there and for them helping me to gain my confidence back & helping me become stronger than I could ever imagine with a SCI! When they say "Believe in a way back" - they sure do give you the boost to!
I also learned what self love was really about after the accident & I'm loving the skin I'm in! ❤️