ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH PATIENCE, POSITIVITY, AND FAMILY SUPPORT!
COMMUNITY STORIES | 9.24.2017 | By Marina Shelton
Riding Lesson to Rehab:
In 2003, I was 10 years old and I was at a horseback riding lesson with a couple other girls. The horse I was riding got spooked, kicked back at the horse behind her, and threw me off her back. She then started galloping, but one of my ankles got caught in a stirrup. So, as she ran over 100 feet, I got dragged. After my instructor found me, I was Medflighted in to Boston Medical Center where I was in a heavy coma. I wasn't supposed to survive, but after finally opening my eyes I got transferred to rehab where I stayed for 5 months before moving home.
Patience with Healing:
For me I've always believed that anything is possible and it just takes time. Nobody wants to have to wait for something to get better. My accident was 14 years ago and I'm a lot better, but not where I want to be. The most important thing for me is to really be patient and keep looking ahead to what's possible. Healing doesn't depend on only you, but the people in your life as well. I wouldn't have recovered as well as I did if my family wasn't behind me 100%. Even when the going seemed tough, I held on and kept working through no matter how frustrating it has been. You never know what can happen.
Balancing Body and Mind:
Yoga has helped me in so many more ways that I thought it would before. Through yoga, it's now easier for me to let go of things that are bothering me, and let me see through other perspectives. It has also made quite a difference in my physical abilities. After just a few days of doing it I noticed that I have more flexibility in my stretching, my balance is better, and I think my mind is even clearer. It's helped me see that recovery isn't just based on the physical aspects of what we do. I used to think my life would never be the same as it was before my accident, but I feel like I've gotten some of it back and a lot of that is thanks to yoga.
My Advice for Looking Toward the Future:
For me moving forward is a combination of all sorts of things. First we need to recognize that we need help; we need to accept it, and that's when the extra help comes about. Next, even with how bad we may feel some days, we need to stay positive and understand that some things might not work the way we want them. Further, I recommend spending time with people and places that make us happy and give us motivation, set attainable goals for ourselves, and even look towards the future to a point we need to work toward. Sometimes I've gotten really frustrated and impatient about where I am now versus where I want to be. Sometimes I have trouble moving on, but then I just think back to the outcome I could've had. After all, a full healing process can't happen overnight. Anything is possible, we really can do it. Stay strong!