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My story starts on the 19 of April 2000. My mom, sister and I were driving home from the orthodontist. As we passed the corner we all saw, in front of us, a truck, driving on the wrong side of the highway. There was nothing we could do, no way to avoid the head on collision. My head hit the dashboard then the seat and then again the dashboard and I was knocked unconscious. Fortunately, I can't remember any of this. I was in a coma for about a month awakening on the 15th May but was unable to remember anything. I didn't even know what an animal was. I was clueless.

On July the 3rd 2000 I came home. My memories are what my parents have told me. Some how I felt a whole lot more relaxed, more comfortable at home, although I needed a lot of help as I was in a wheel chair. My right eye is blind, I had "diabetes insipidis" and the frontal lobe and the part that controls my hormones and temperature are damaged. Doctors call this Traumatic Brain Injury. Due to these disabilities I needed a nurse to watch over me at night although I didn't feel safe with some, as they fell asleep. On 29 September 2000 I went back to hospital to have a Craniotomy, a wonderful doctor removed my shattered brain and replaced the lost bone with a titanium plate and "super glue" he puts it.

I have met so many people and have learnt so many new things. One of which was "to live life as though you'll die tomorrow but learn as though you'll live forever." This is a great motto for me as the doctors told my friends and family that I wasn't going to make it and I almost didn't! Thanks to hope, prayers and some medicine, look where I am today. I have had so many wonderful things happen to me, I've seen Patricia Lewis in concert at Sun City, I've met Barry Hilton and I even have his autograph and personal cell phone number! I have always had a terrific sense of humor and I am now able to laugh at myself. I have made some wonderful new friends and I've discovered that some of my old friendships were based on the old me. I had to let go of a few of those friendships. That was a painful experience for them, the Mandy they knew died on the 19th of April 2000. My disability does affect my every day life. But who thinks life could be that great with out a few problems. Did you? I will never be able to drive nor will I ever have the life I had before this car accident. There are many disabled people; far less fortunate than me, and with determination it will be okay! Believe it or not I've traveled a long a journey that has been frightening but I wouldn't change a thing. Why you ask? All I can tell you is I don't believe in giving up, but I do believe in faith, hope, wonders, heaven and a higher power. I believe in miracles!

Thank you to all the wonderful people who took the time to think of me and have helped me through this. I don't know what I would have done without them.

By Mandy Fisher