Sarah is an adaptive athlete, she’s just competed with all men in the USA Open Adaptive Championships at Oceanside Pier in September and is now facing her next challenge to become a Para Snowboarding athlete and represent USA in the next winter’s Olympics. Here’s her story.
On December 28th 2017, I was walking home against traffic when I saw a huge truck go over the fog line and come straight towards me. I took the kickboxing stance so to brace the impact, as I was currently taking kickboxing, and I got hit head on at 70 mph by a Dodge Dakota in pitch black and got thrown over the guardrail. The truck driver is still anonymous. It was that night I made a choice to either fall asleep peacefully, or to crawl up the rainy embankment and find help. I choose the harder route back; life.
I had severed my tibia completely and my entire hand bone was sticking out and yet somehow I was able to stand on two feet after I crawled underneath the guardrail onto the Hwy 305, and wave down three cars for help. I was immediately airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where I underwent eight surgeries and 12 blood transfusions.
What makes me happy at the end of the day is knowing I gave it my all. I did the homework and put the pen to paper and hopefully I inspired just one person today to be motivated enough to get out of their depression and pursue their potential. I truly live by the motto that “You are your only competition”. That God wouldn’t of saved your life if he didn’t need you in it, so DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, and give back to God because he gave you another shot at life. He needs you for a very specific reason and its up to you to figure that out but I guarantee if you simply do what you love most and follow your heart, you will find out quick what that is and where it can take you.
I’m a proud amputee because I took a negative and turned it into a positive like many of my role models have. Reach out to your biggest idols, and watch, they will get back to you. Take peoples support and put down your pride. It’s useless. But the power of reaching out can bring you to a place you never dreamt of and its worth every penny because all of this journey called life, is truly priceless.
Aloha & Mahalo
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