Today is the twentieth anniversary of the car accident that changed our lives forever. A few seconds in a southern Ontario winter storm, and there was suddenly no going back to the lives we had led. I don’t usually think about it, but this is such a huge milestone that I thought it deserved a comment.
At the time, it didn’t appear that my daughter, Becky, would survive, and yet she has grown to adulthood. We were told that she would likely be in a vegetative state, but she us now taking steps towards her independence. We were told that she wouldn’t move her left side or learn to read, but she achieved both.
I am always grateful that Becky survived, and I cannot imagine a life without her. She has proven most of the doctors wrong, and inspired me to be the best person I can be. She has brought laughter and joy to so many people over the last two decades, that I think she makes the world a better place just be being here.
The anniversary is a happy one. I will not be sad and think about, ‘what if’. Instead, I think, ‘Wow. We made it this far’.