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'It Can't Ever Happen To ME!': My Story. (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, August 06, 2011

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"I don't want to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life! I want to run! I want to dance! I want to walk again!"

A young girl paralyzed from the waist down is currently undergoing physical and occupational therapy at the rehab hospital, and she is having a very hard time of it.

Image of handicapped parking sign (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

I suddenly wish I had my legs back .... being paralyzed like this isn't what it is cracked up to be ....

Since my first entry, I have been released from the hospital (the regular hopsital that is) and am now at the rehab facility, where I have been undergoing hours or intense physical and occupational therapies.  It's nothing but sheer torture; my arms, back, and shoulders are so sore it is all I can do to keep from crying.  At least I'm past the damn tilt table!  That thing was my enemy the first week: every time they sat me up, I would throw up, get dizzy, or pass out (sometimes all three).  It was very bad!

I know all this therapy is necessary for me to regain lost strength or to learn new skills, but I miss being able to walk, roller skate, roller blade, dance, or run.  All of a sudden I can't move my legs, not even an inch.  They just sit there like two pale, dead sausages!  It's awful!

To tell you a bit about myself, my name is Aurora Lynee' Davies.  I am fourteen years old.  I live with my family in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  I have a mom and dad, two sisters (Starshine LeAnn and Sunny Layne; they are eleven and eight), and three brothers (Teal Michael, Birch Adair, and Hollis Regan, who are six, four, and just turned one).  Our grandmother, Penny, who is my dad's mom, lives with us as well, as does our 22-pound Ragdall cat, "Bluebell".

I will be going into the ninth grade next month.  

The thing that's probably worrying the most at the current time is how my friends are going to react when they see me sitting in a wheelchair, unable to walk again.  I'm scared that they will stop being my friends or won't have anything to do with me because I am paralyzed.  I am scared that people will stare, point, say things, or worse, tease me and call me names.  I don't think I could ever live with that ...

It seems all I have ever done since this happened is cry.  I wonder what is going to happen to Ginger, who is my horse.  I know she didn't mean to throw me off her back, but something made a noise and moved, and it spooked her, so she reacted.  I just happened to be on her back when she got scared and went crazy.  It is a thousand miracles I didn't crack my head open or break my neck and become paralyzed further!

I know I am going to have days where I will feel sorry for myself or think of my old life.  I am having one now as I write.  I can feel the tears sliding down my face.  All I can say is this: just keep me in your prayers; I don't want to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life!  I want to run! I want to dance!  I want to walk again!

~Aurora Lynee'.  :(  +Tears!+

~To be continued.~   

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/8/2011
Sadly it can and does happen to anyone, you did excellent with this story, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 8/8/2011
Poor girl. So sad when terrible things happen to people, especially a young person who hasn't had a chance at life. Another memorable story with a realistically created person.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by James Johnston 8/7/2011
Reminds me of the feelings Christopher Reeve must have experienced. Just think of total paralysis from the neck down, also caused by falling from a horse! A good reminder of how thankful all able-bodied people should be. THINK ABOUT IT! God bless Karen, from another Texan (San Antonio).
Just Jim
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/6/2011
'It Can't Ever Happen to ME!'? Oh, yes it can, when least expected. :( Excellent story, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/6/2011
Good follow up, Karen. Sounds like a more positive attitude.

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