About Vanessa

2014-10-17 17.48.25I was in a major car accident at age 15.

Due to a defective seatbelt, I lost my kidney, spleen, a vast amount of intestines and suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury at T-12 and L-1. I had no idea what I was in for. All I knew at the time was that my life was over and I had no idea how I was going to get back on track. This was the case until I turned to athletics.

The term “adaptive athlete” is personally new, but it has so much meaning as it has given me a new lease on life. It empowers me, it gives me something to focus on, it allows me to be competitive. It also enables me to be surrounded by like-minded, strong-willed and inspiring individuals. The adaptive athlete in myself and in others completes me.

But I am not just an adaptive athlete. I am a mom, a full-time employee, a sister and a daughter. I want to use what I have learned to help others get through life experiences like having a spinal cord injury, handling lawsuits, engaging higher education, working government jobs for individuals with disabilities, surmounting drug use, overcoming abusive relationships, understanding how the immediate family and siblings are impacted by tragedy, taking on depression, learning to love myself after a physical disability, losing a child, having a second chance at mommy hood, reconnecting with passions and more.

This site is a resource for you or for someone you know in the recovery process. It is a place where we can share life experiences, and learn from and inspire one another. It is a resource that will give hope to someone who feels like there is none left. Just because you were dealt a bad card does not mean life stops–rather, it is just beginning.

Remember… IF YOU CAN I CAN TOO! Apply this to any area of your life when you are inspired or look up to someone. There is no reason why you can’t be just as successful, if not more!