Everyone probably remembers exactly where they were on September 11, 2001, but where were you on September 11, 2004? At home with your family, or perhaps out with friends? Where was I? I was waking up on the pavement in a pool of my own blood. I was completely dazed and remember seeing flashes of light everywhere. Someone in the distance yelled, "we need to get this cleaned up, there's blood everywhere!" I could barely see straight, what had happened?!
Let's rewind a few weeks. I was an average girl, just graduated from high school and off to my first semester of college. My parents helped their first born daughter move into the dorms and get settled in. Mom had tears in her eyes as she said goodbye to her "still my baby girl" and my dad lovingly told me how proud he was of me. It was a strange feeling being on my own, but after a sad goodbye, I set out onto a new chapter. It was my first few weeks of college life and I was eager to make friends, determined to make college the best experience ever.
I was young and just set free, but I was responsible and remembered the values my parents had taught me. After being convinced to stay in town for the weekend
When I finally opened my eyes, there were strangers looking at me. My arm was numb. Why do I only have one shoe on? Where am I? These were the random thoughts that ran through my head. A strange man asked me if I knew what happened and what my phone number was. I kept staring blankly at him until my girlfriend rushed to my side to tell me that I had just been hit by a car.
WHAT?? Tears fell uncontrollably as the reality slammed into me. That's when the pain crept in. My arm was
I was rushed to the hospital strapped to a back brace with multiple paramedics pricking me with multiple IV's. Once there, I was checked in and immediately sent to have several CT Scans
Can you guess why I only had one shoe on?
It was taken off and used to help stop the bleeding
I was finally released from
I eventually went back to school and finished my degree.
My parents got to see me get married and the birth of their first grandchild.
Unfortunately, some parents will never have that.
Life went back to normal for me, but some families will be forever be changed by the decision of a drunk driver. Drunk driving is something that affects almost everyone these days. I've spoken to many people that know someone, have a friend of a friend, or in
God spared me, and I hope sharing my story will shed some light on the importance of road safety. I'm blessed to have been able to walk away from that nightmare alive, and I hope all parents will stress the importance of safe driving (including texting!) with their loved ones.
Melissa Howard- Guest blogger
You can find me @melissagracebelcher!