Celebrating 1 year anniversary since being hit by Mack truck
Do you know where you were a year ago at this time (March 12, 2012 3-6pm)? I do. I was in the ER following being hit by a Mack truck, with a collapsed lung, major concussion, 2 broken ribs, a broken scapula, covered in glass and bruises, no real memories starting from right before the accident and for almost a week afterwards, and a totaled vehicle.
This past Sunday I went out to dinner with Larry Lennhoff (husband) and a few close friends to celebrate my birthday and being alive. I’m mostly recovered. I still have some pain in my right shoulder and my ribs occasionally. I’ve had glass pop out 6+ months after the accident from my legs and face. My emotions are still a bit screwed up but 90% back to normal. I’m still having mild memory problems and reading, writing, and comprehension is down about 70-80% of what it was the month before the accident. The chronic fatigue is fully back.
For those that have been in a severe accident have you done anything special on the anniversary of the accident or do you try to forget it? I’d love to hear from you.
I am extremely thankful to still be alive and to have recovered more than the doctors had expected.
In May I wrote 2012
Kristen Lamb and WANA
Kristen Lamb wrote 2 books “We Are Not Alone” (frequently referred to as WANA) and “Are You There Blog? Its Me Writer“. There is even a hashtag for people to connect with Kristen and other WANA writers on twitter, #mywana . Her blog and the above mentioned books are required reading for anyone who trains with me as a social media intern or who comes on board as a client wanting to learn how to use social media to sell their books. I try to keep up with her blog regularly. One of my social media coaches, Lisa Alford, keeps up with her #mywana twitter group. My other social media coach, Jess Williams, keeps up with her blog. Both can look at what clients and others are doing and easily tell me when they are not following the WANA rules. A lot of what I was doing before I read Kristen’s books turned out to be part of WANA, but I did not have the right terminology until Beth-Ann Mason told me “Read her books or… ” I don’t remember what threat she used some 6 months ago, but I do know that I went online and bought both books right away and devoured them both within a week.
My Car Accident
As a number of my readers know, on March 12, 2012 I was hit by an 18-wheel truck and spent about 4 weeks in the hospital and a rehab facility; I am still recovering. My business had only been up and running for about 2 full months at the time of my accident. I expected, when I started checking in on my website and Facebook page after the accident, to find that my business was gone and that I was going to find that I was pretty much starting over from scratch. Instead, I discovered that my assistants, my husband, and even friends, had posted articles of interest on my FB wall and my FB business page. I found my clients had stayed with me. Contests were run by various groups to improve the number of likes on my FB fan/business page. The main thing I attribute this to is Kristen’s WANA principles. By following them, promoting others, sharing useful information, people, in turn, wanted to do something for me. So thank you, Kristen, for giving me such a great tool to pass on to others, a fantastic blog to continue sharing on my wall, and a fantastic Twitter group for people to be a part of.