'The Angel Affect'
may have saved my life
Monday, January 20, 2014 2:34 AM
I was in a very bad car accident a little more than a week ago and I am lucky to be here today, sharing my story!
I was driving north on Highway 52 around 6 p.m. when I hit black ice and lost control of my car. I rolled my car five times down a hill and ended up in a field. The paramedics and staff at Mayo Clinic said it's a miracle that I survived and with no major injuries. I walked away with a head concussion and some bruises.
As the accident was happening, my life never flashed before my eyes. I remained very calm and rational and just kept thinking, "Really?" I felt protected and never panicked. For some strange reason, I knew I was going to survive and had faith that everything was going to be OK.
Once my car was stabilized after the final roll over, I immediately started looking for my phone. I searched through glass and debris for a few minutes, but was quickly distracted once I started feeling the frigid -30 wind-chill coming through the broken windows. I started looking for my gloves and extra set of winter outerwear I always keep in the car.
After getting frustrated from not being able to find anything I needed, I decided it was time to get out of the car and find help. Because of all the adrenaline, I wasn't too sure of the extent of my injuries at that point, but I had a massive headache and some major swelling on the left side of my head. I was too scared to examine my head.
I could see cars going by on top of the hill and began to feel sad that no one was stopping to help me! My head was throbbing so badly, the thought of getting out of the car and walking through the field and up the hill in the deep snow in the frigid temperatures was overwhelming, but I knew if I didn't act quickly, I would freeze to death.
I tried to open my door, but it wouldn't budge. As I leaned over to try the passenger side, I got very dizzy and thought I might lose consciousness. The thought of having a head injury scared me and brought tears to my eyes, but I decided not to give in to my emotions. I told myself to stay focused. The passenger door was jammed also, so I convinced myself to climb in the back seat, which was covered in shattered glass. With every move I made to get into the back seat, I thought I was going to black out or get sick, but the voice in my head kept coaching me to be strong.
I was able to open the door partially but not enough to get out, and the thought of climbing out the broken window seemed too defeating. So I decided to use my legs to force the door open, Thank goodness for all those squats I do in exercise class! Just as I kicked at the door, there was a man standing there helping me to get the door open and asking me if I was OK. He told me I was a miracle and he was so happy I was alive! And in that same breath, he reminded me that we needed to act fast on account of the weather.
He offered to carry me, but I told him how badly my head was throbbing and I felt faint but I still thought I could walk. He quickly helped me out of the car and held me tightly so I wouldn't fall over. As we started making our way through the field in the knee-deep snow, I could see all of my belongings scattered in the distance that had been ejected from my car. Two other men had made their way down the hill and offered to help. They also witnessed the accident and told me how lucky I was!
The walk up the hill in the knee-deep snow was one of the most exhausting work outs I have ever done, even with the man's help. Just as we made it to the top of the hill, the ambulance and firemen arrived. One of the firemen found my phone about 70 feet from my car, which brought to perspective the force of the accident and just how lucky I was! After being transported to Mayo Clinic and having a bunch of tests done, I was released with a head concussion and some bruises, but for the most part I am fine.
After having time to reflect on this life-changing event, I wanted to share some thoughts about how this impacted my life as well as those around me.
This event was just another confirmation of my belief in "The Angel Affect."
Life is precious and we need to appreciate each day because we never know when it may be our last. Even more importantly, we need to tell the special people in our lives how much we care about them because we never know when they will leave us forever!
I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a business owner, all of which could have been taken away in a matter of seconds, and changed the course of everybody's life that is connected to me. Instead, the special people in my life have been reminded that life is short, which may prompt them to kiss their spouse and kids before heading out the door today. This could provide the encouragement they need to do something extraordinary.
The people who witnessed my accident were given a reality check to slow down and drive more cautiously, which could have prevented one of them from getting in an accident. My accident could have saved somebody else's life! I certainly hope so!
The man who came to my rescue has been rewarded significantly. I made sure that influential people in his life acknowledge his act of kindness and heroism. His life will be changed forever! I am still in search of the others who came to help me, but I will find them and make sure they are rewarded as well.
Every word you speak and every action you take has a ripple effect. It not only impacts your life, but those around you. It only takes one second to change your life, and the lives of those around you, FOREVER!
I came within two feet from hitting a telephone pole. That, as well as many other scenarios, could have resulted in a completely different story today, or no story at all!
But I believe that what comes around goes around, and I was blessed with a second chance because I am still needed, right here, right now! But I also realize that can change at anytime and without any warning! Every day is a mystery and you must count your blessings, because you just never know what lies on the road ahead!
Believe in angels! Believe in "The Angel Affect." And always wear your seat belt.
I intend to stay the course and keep helping as many people as possible in hopes of inspiring you to do the same!
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