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An Update: Windy Thundercloud, February 2012.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, February 10, 2012

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A woman who had lost both legs in a train accident updates us on her life.

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Muskogee, Oklahoma, February 10, 2012~

You probably don't know me from Adam; it's been so long since I last wrote.  Let me fill you in ...

My name is Windy Storm Thundercloud.  I am 57 years old.  I live in Muskogee, Oklahoma, by myself; I live in an apartment complex for people with disabilities.  I am a double amputee: I lost both legs after I got run over by a train back in the summer of 2003.  It has been a very long, hard journey, but I think that I have made it with the help from The Great Spirit.

I can walk on my prosthetic legs, but when out, I use my crutches as well: more stability.  I no longer have the pain I once did, but once in a while, the nerve endings on my stumps like to remind me that I no longer have legs.  Whenever that happens, I have my trusty pain pills to keep it at a dull roar, but I am no longer swallowing them like candy as I once did.

I work at one of hte local hospitals, where I counsel other amputees about what has happened to them.  It has been very therapeutic for me.  I no longer see myself as the victim: I see myself as a conqueror and know that I can still have a very active, happy, full life if I put my heart and mind to it.  I love my job.

I have a boyfriend.  His name is Adam Long Bow; he is of the Muskogee Nation (I am Apache/Cherokee).  He is 57 like me and he is a disabled Veteran.  He was the Marines.  He is very sweet in nature, not to mention, very cute! :)

I was married, but I got divorced.  My first husband (Harold Bright Morning) was a drunk and a womanizer; he cheated on me, so I left.  We had a son together (Kirk James), but Kirk was killed last year by a drunk driver.  He was only six years old.  He would have been seven next month.  I miss my baby boy so much; I still cry, especially since I was with him when the accident happened.  I saw it happen with my own eyes.  It has been a very hard, emotional time for me.  (My first husband left after Kirk died; I was on my own until I met Adam two months ago.)

I don't like to talk about this time in my life, but I had to let you know what has been going on.

Since Kirk died, I have been very passionate about being involved in getting drunk drivers off the road.  I am a member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and I go to their weekly meetings and other events.  I want to make as many people aware fo the dangers of drunk drivers (and drunk driving as a whole) because I lost my son to a drunk driver.  If I could save one life or make people aware, then it would be worth everything to me.

Well, I have to get ready and go to work, so I will run along.  Again, I am sorry for not writing in so long, but now you know why.  Life has been full of twists and turns and I am just now getting back on my feet since losing little Kirk the way I did.  I will write in here again soon; hopefully I won't wait EIGHT YEARS before I put pen to paper again!  I am terrible at this writing game!  Please forgive me!

~Windy Storm.  

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/10/2012
Nicely done.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/10/2012
Excellent update, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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