As I listen to the news, read reports and see photos of innocent victims of Boston they all speak a thousand words to me.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remember the challenges I had which some of these victims are about to embark on. I can still see those hospital walls. I remember the long sleepless nights praying and wondering. I recall that feeding tube in my stomach and not being able to drink fluids because of the tube in my throat for so long, and even speaking in a whisper because of that tube. I can still remember the looks on everyone’s face when they would see me broken down sitting in a wheelchair not able to walk anymore. Most of all I remember hearing “Stephanie we are building you ramps at home for your wheelchair” as if I should be happy.
These challenges tested my courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. It was these tests that gave me the strength and never give up attitude I can share with people now. It is said that what doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger. To me that means digging deep in my soul and realizing the person I am today would not exist if I had not had the courage to face those challenges. I strongly believe everything in our lives happen for a reason and sometimes it means we must face difficult obstacles to discover who we really are.
My memories are still heartbreaking to me, but they have become a priceless treasure I cherish and appreciate. They enable me to continue this journey in life and fulfill my purpose. I’ve had a life full of lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys and many special moments. All of this has ultimately led me to the destination which I know now is my true purpose in life and those innocent victims will reach their point as well…