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Survivor Stories

Many of the TSN members have shared their experiences about life after injury and the road to recovery. A selection of these stories is listed below. Reading other’s stories can help you connect to others and not feel alone in your recovery. You may also discover some ideas that may be helpful to you. You may wish to read several stories to get a number of perspectives on injury and recovery.

After joining the TSN you can share your own story with others. Writing about your experiences can help both you and others. You can benefit by taking time to reflect on your injury, how you have coped and where you are on the road to recovery. Other folks can benefit by realizing they are not alone in their recovery. If you are already a TSN member, click here to share your story in the community forum. If you have not registered (it’s free), please register now and then you can share your story.

 

Featured Survivor

Mark's Story

October 31, 2011: Halloween. A day that will forever be etched in my memory. I rode my Harley Davidson to work that morning. Problem is I didn’t make it home until a week later. Traffic was very heavy that evening. A vehicle turned left directly in front of me. My motorcycle slid sideways and my body slammed against the vehicle. Once my body crashed into the vehicle I was thrown from my motorcycle and landed in the turning lane on the busy highway. I was still conscious but was quickly going into shock. I vividly remember lying in the highway with vehicles going around me and no one coming over to help me. Several people had stopped, some were outside their vehicles, but wouldn’t come over to me. Thankfully, an off-duty nurse that was traveling through the area stopped, stayed with me, and comforted me until help arrived. The last thing I remember was the doctor in the emergency room intubating me and how painful and smothering that was.

My wife tells me that I was airlifted to the medical center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. I had to be given a total of 18 pints of blood. The doctors were unsure if I would survive. Some three or four hours after emergency surgery, a doctor emerged to give my family a report. He informed them that I had made it through surgery and I was stable. They did have to amputate my right leg in order to stop the bleeding. My orthopedic doctor explained to my wife that she had only done what had to be done to save my life and she would have to go back two days later and finish the amputation above my right knee. More body scans were done and it was determined that my left leg was also broken right below the knee joint. That meant surgery... Read more

 

Patty

On May 9, 2011 my work day started out as most days with a meeting at a local coffee shop with a few co-workers ... Read More

Bruce

In February of 1985, I was in a single car accident which left me a C6-C7 incomplete quad. But first, a little back ground. I was born in Michigan..Read More

 

DOUG

A few days after Christmas 2013, I was repairing a window in our home. Unfortunately, in the process I fell out of the window... Read More

 

Nanette

During the summer of 2005, Nan Reilly was enjoying a day at the beach with her family and friends. It was a wonderful day until ... Read More

 

  Chris

 On November 30th, 2011, after an intense morning of working with my son and his autism therapy team, I decided to go into our local climbing gym... Read More

 

Shannon

During the summer before my senior year of high school, I woke up one day with not a clue in the world that it could have been my last day...Read More 

PAT

On June 25th, 1994 I was getting ready to cross the street when about a 20 mph gust of wind blew off an unsecured section of roof....Read More

PHIL

In December 2011 I survived a major accident with the terrific help of Dr Toan Huynh and the Trauma Team at Carolinas Medical Center ins......Read More

MARK

October 31, 2011: Halloween. A day that will forever be etched in my memory. I rode my Harley Davidson to work that morning...Read More

ROB

On August 23, 2005 I was in a motorcycle accident. To this day I still don’t remember the accident but have been told by a witness I knew...Read More

JEANNE

September 21, 2010. The day I thought my life was over. The day I thought I would never walk again. The day I thought I would never hold or be...Read More

PAUL

My name is Paul Peterson. I am 21 years old above knee amputee. I have been involved in several sports since I was a child. Track and field...Read More

CLAY

On May 13, 2012, at around 2 PM, I fell 28 feet off a roof. I landed in a “bang, bang, 1-2-3-4” manner: lower back, upper back...Read More

BRUCE

This is my story of losing a lot but gaining much more at the same time. My motor vehicle accident occurred on June 2, 2006. This.. Read More

HOWARD

It was September 12, 2010. I was out partying with some friends. We received a call from a friend of one my friends to see if we wanted... Read More

GREG

My injury occurred in March 1994. I went for a mountain bike ride on some local trails. At one point I went down a short steep hill, hit some... Read More

MIKE

The cause of my trauma was from a motor vehicle accident June 11, 2009. I was extricated and airlifted to University of MD Shock Trauma... Read More

SCOTT

Scott had two semesters left in graduate business school in August 2001, when a car, traveling at high speed, hit him when he was walking in a street… Read More

CARRIE

I arrived home after my first year at Roanoke College. It was a fun and exciting year. I played field hockey and lacrosse, took part in the Outdoor Adventures Club, and had made many new friends… Read More

STEVE

My trauma experience happened Nov 20th 1982. A friend and I were traveling home from a mutual friend’s house. Another driver, who had fallen asleep at the wheel… 
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BOB

In March 1991, I was in a head-on car crash with both cars going approximately 60 mph. I had my two sons (ages 3 and 13) with me… Read More

ADAM

The bell rang at 3:00 p.m., signifying the end of another day in my life. I was a high-school senior, the captain of the track team, and had to hurry and change for practice… Read More

 

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