My life forever changed on this exact day thirty nine years ago. Even though it was the day that I could have died, I will forever thank this day for being the day that I survived.
Run over by a gravel truck, my left leg was severely crushed and was amputated just hours later. That catastrophic loss allowed me the gift of this life that I have been given. That loss has bestowed me with gifts too great in numerosity to count. And that loss left me with the perspective to live life fully, to be limitless.
In so honoring this day for what it means, I am grateful to my mom, my dad, my brother, my family, and my friends who helped me survive then; and now, to allow me to thrive and to always be true to myself.