I realized that I was not going to stop living at 23 years of age, and that I still had my whole life ahead of me. I was determined that although this happened to me in my life, I was going to hold my head high and fight to live THROUGH it and not let it defeat my purpose for being in this world. I have been working full-time in higher education since 2007. I have made much progress over the years, but the struggle is very real on a daily basis. I battle depression, pain, and overall just accepting living life with a disability. I have learned to manage through severe bladder dysfunction and numbness on my right lower extremities. I have very limited function of my toes and walk with adrop foot. I wear an AFO device on my right leg. Despite these major changes in my life, I have continued to push forward. I continue to pray for a full recovery, no matter what the outlook may be or seem. In the earlier years, I often worried about the ability to have kids on my own. My primary physician assured me that my reproductive organs were intact and operating as they should. So my hope is that my husband, whom I’ve yet to meet, finds me one day soon and accepts me for all that I am. Until then, I have two amazing nephews, my youngest lives with me to keep me young, busy and active; I adopted him after my sister, Crystal, passed away as a result of a fatal automobile accident in June 2010.