…I just wanted to be a little more honest and share a little more about my life…

I am just making this short and sweet

For as long as I can remember I have had pretty bad depression…that only seemed to get worse as more things continued to hurt me in my life

I always struggled to believe in myself and thus had a hard time playing the sports that I loved at the same time. I always put a lot of pressure on myself, and to me, nothing I did was ever good enough.  I started distancing myself from school and sports and put on a front that I didn’t really care about anything, just so that I wouldn’t have to face the things that were really going on in my life.

No matter what, I have always worked extremely hard. I used to help my mom clean houses when I was younger and started doing landscaping and cleaning houses on my own as soon as I was old enough.

I always knew I wanted something more in life…I just didn’t know what it was.

When I was 18 I was in a motorcycle accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down,  and I was even further lost.

I struggled to keep it together. I signed up for community college classes five months later, because I needed something to force me to wake up in the morning.

I still felt completely lost.

I had no idea who I was…or what the point of life was.

The pain I was feeling, physically and emotionally, was unbearable. I had so much regret for all of the things that I did not do, when I had the opportunity to do them.

I was so mad at myself that I did not appreciate the things I had, when I had them.

And the thought that I may feel that pain… and regret…and sadness… forever…,that I might never be happy again…it was scary. The life I had was over. The only life I knew. It felt like the girl I was had died…and yet I was still alive and I had to go on.

I didn’t know if I had the strength to do it. I wanted so badly to escape from it all.  I was so angry inside! I wanted to smash the TV, throw a brick through the window…I would pray that I would get cancer…I wanted to know that there was an end to it all. I wanted to die…but I knew I was not going to kill myself. I knew that I had to figure things out and make things better…because I could not live like that for the rest of my life.

A year later I found out about some guys that get together in Tacoma and play wheelchair basketball. I went and checked it out…and although it was extremely hard and extremely frustrating, mentally and emotionally (in so many different ways: not being good-was a really sucky feeling, not having the right equipment…and needing at least $3,000 if I wanted a basketball chair that actually fit me and actually allowed me to play well, not having acoach to teach me how to play, not having different options of teams and skill levels, and not having other teams to play…unless we traveled to other states.) The hardest part was running my HUGE chair into another HUGE chair over and over again as I tried to get to the basket, hearing the loud noise of METAL! METAL! METAL! When all I wanted to do was get up out of that chair and run around that person and get to the basket! I DIDN’T WANT TO BE IN THAT STUPID CHAIR! I HATED BEING IN A WHEELCHAIR! I WANTED TO PLAY SOCCER AGAIN! …But I couldn’t…and I would never be able to play it again. And I had to accept it.

Although I loved sports…and Wheelchair basketball WAS the funnest thing I had done in a long time…When I played wheelchair basketball, it was  a constant reminder of how much I hated the way things were in my life …yet at the same time I knew deep down that wheelchair basketball was my second chance at life. This was my opportunity to overcome the horrible regret that I felt. …And it was my way out of the sadness. I knew that if I stuck with it, things would start to get better. That once it finally clicked…and I was able to just play as if it came naturally…that I would have overcome the accident…I just had this feeling.  And so, it once again gave me motivation and something to work towards.

A year later, I graduated from Community College with my associates degree. And although I did not know what I was doing…I knew I was moving in the right direction.

Soon after I graduated I learned that there were colleges that actually had wheelchair basketball teams and even offered scholarships. I found out what I needed to do to get in and I went back to community college to take the classes I needed to transfer in as a Psychology student.

I worked even harder at wheelchair basketball, staying at the gym until it closed every night! I applied for the University of Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, and Wisconsin.

Out of all of them, I knew, that for me, the University ofIllinois was the best choice I could make…but also the hardest…which is why it was the best (if I did not push myself…I would regret it…and I would never be happy)

As I did all of this…I still struggled everyday to just be okay, to get through it and to push myself and continue to move forward. I still cried almost every single day and I still wished that there was an end in sight to all of my pain.

I remember going on my recruiting trip to the University of Illinois…and as I was on my way to this thing that should be exciting and should make me feel good about my life and what I was doing,…I was hoping that my plane would crash…because it was ALL so hard… I didn’t want to have to keep fighting.

That winter one of my best friends, who was struggling with alcoholism and depression…killed herself.

This was really hard for me to take in…we had always encouraged each other, she was always so proud of me…she was always there for me…but she never told me she was sad. And now she was gone…and I still had to go on. She had given up on something I was still struggling to believe was possible…happiness.

At her funeral, my other best friend was acting very distant, and when we went out to dinner he called to have his mom pick him up from the restaurant we were at.That night he called me to tell me about scary hallucinations he was seeing and believed were real. He was soon diagnosed with schizophrenia, and was in and out of the hospital for six months.

Whenever he was in the hospital…his mom told me that he always asked for me. He almost always found a way to get to a phone and call me to tell me what was going on in his mind. And all I could do was listen. I didn’t know what to say. I felt numb.

I did not know how to handle it all…I still had to finish school… and continue to work on getting better at wheelchair basketball…in order to get the scholarship that I needed to be able to go to college.    …I was still extremely sad about being in a wheelchair…. and I had just lost my one of my best friends.   ..and I was scared of losing him.

But I had to keep moving forward. I had to be selfish, I had no choice.

A few months later I was offered a scholarship to play Wheelchair Basketball at the University of Illinois.

And a few months after that  …he killed himself. Some think he was trying to go to another dimension to save the world. He had called me the night before…

A few weeks after losing him I had to go to an extremely hard wheelchair basketball camp at the University of Illinois…and I needed to show the coaches that I could handle it all.

We had three long sessions each day, and in-between each one I hid in my room and cried.

Two months later I moved to Illinois, and left everything and everyone I knew behind. It was hard. But I knew I had to get away. I had to start over and I needed to find myself.

My first year there…my family was scared for me. I called them every single day crying. After every practice, In between each class, after each lifting session…I went to my room and cried. I felt crazy…pathetic, weak, and I once again didn’t know if I could handle it all.

I didn’t understand how I had even gotten to where I was…I thought maybe it was all a big mistake. I didn’t deserve the scholarship! I was not that good. I had just started playing. I had no coaching. I thought they were going to realize that I suck and take the scholarship back and tell me that they didn’t want me on their team. I put that pressure on myself every single day, not understanding that the scholarship was given to me because of the potential they saw in me, and the belief they had in me…that I still did not have in myself.

I thought I was going to flunk out…I didn’t think I was smart enough for college and I didn’t think I belonged there.

I was getting between 4-6 hours of sleep a night…waking up at 5:30 every morning for 2 and 3 hour practices, lifting three times a week and taking a full load of classes.

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I am not sure if I will ever get to the end…and be able to send this to you…unless I quit going so in-depth. Haha so we are going to speed this up a bit.

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The funny thing was…I ended up making the Dean’s list my first year there, earning a starting position on the team…and three years later…making the USA Women’s national Team.

I just recently graduated last spring with my Bachelors degree in Psychology and just today I have started my first day of grad school. And I am the first in my entire family to ever go to college.

Before I went to college, I had a really hard time understanding the world…but I have learned so much about who I am and who I want to be…and my life is so much better today…because of the accident.

The accident forced me to wake up and to push myself to be better.

Of course I still have hard days…but they are fewer and fewer each year. It is not going to happen overnight…but it is going to happen.

I am going to grad school for Social Work…so that I can help others get through the hard times and make their lives better as well. And it is because of all of those things that I have experienced…that I will be better able to help them.

And I was right…playing Wheelchair Basketball did help me overcome my accident…and for so many different reasons.

A big reason being…I got to be surrounded by so many other people also living with disabilities…but living their life to the fullest…and they showed me the ropes and taught me how to have fun again!

Good things continue to happen in my life…and I truly believe that Josh Lodholm, Jordan Anderson, Whitney Schaefer, Tony McCane, Grandpa Jack and Grandpa Ricketts …all have something to do with it. I think they are all watching over me and helping to continue to guide me in the right direction and overcome all the obstacles in my life. They were all the most amazing people, they all knew what was important in life and they knew how to treat others. They all made the world a better place. I think they are still making the world a better place. I know they made my life better. It comforts me to believe they are still a part of my life and can see the things I am doing in it…because I know they all wanted me to succeed.

WC goldilocks book
A book one of my professors gave me 🙂 ❤ 
Dad and I hanging from swingset
Me and my Dad when I was younger 🙂
Mom and three of us when younger
Three of my sisters and I with our mom 🙂 I am the one with the broken arm (I was “twying to do da fwying twapese” on our swingset after we got home from the circus 😛
Soccer in HS
 playing soccer in High School (In the white)
Wresstling in HS
I LOVE TO WRESTLE! 😛 haha
Aleesha driving in HS
My friend driving us around after she just got her license 😛
Keela and I junior yr dance
Keela…who has been there for me through it all!
dance w JO
HS Junior Prom 2007
dad and I bf HS grad
Before HS graduation with my Dad 🙂
Garrett and I at prom
Girls at prom
At prom one month before my accident.
girls at HS grad
HS Graduation (I’m the 4th from the left)
Chels and I month b4 accident
Camping with my best friend. A few weeks before my accident (I’m on the left :P)
helecopter
chest tube in hospital
Then…on Sunday, July 20th of 2008, I was in a motorcycle accident. I was airlifted to the hospital. I broke 18 bones and was paralyzed from the waist down. I had a stick go through my knee and a stick go through my ankle.I broke four ribs and collapsed my right lung, Broke my ulna and radius bones in my right arm…pretty much in half…broke my left scapula, fractured four bones in my neck, broke my T6, T7, T9 and shattered my T12, broke three bones in my Lumbar. I had a cage put in my back and rods put in my arm. I was in the hospital for 23 days. I lost 30 pounds in 3 weeks from puking every second from the pills and the trauma.
This was impacting more people than just myself... (This is my neice Taydom)This was impacting more people than just myself… (This is my neice Taydom)
My sisters (Mo on the left and Kelci on the right with my neice)My sisters (Mo on the left and Kelci on the right with my neice)
my Dad <3
my Dad ❤
On the hard days...I didn't want anyone to see me...On the hard days…I didn’t want anyone to see me…
haha I tried to smile...but it didn’t always work... cheeeesy...(My first time sitting up)haha I tried to smile…but it didn’t always work… cheeeesy…(My first time sitting up)
I am lucky I had all of the love and support I could ever ask for.I am lucky I had all of the love and support I could ever ask for.
haha my sister Alaisa pampering me :P Nails and all ;) ;)haha my sister Alaisa pampering me 😛 Nails and all 😉 😉
...I had no idea who I was anymore.…I had no idea who I was anymore.
on the good days...it was amazing to have them around me <3on the good days…it was amazing to have them around me ❤
My Mom :)My Mom 🙂
My friend Leif...FORCING me to quit complaining and go outside with him! Haha (He had a hard time seeing me like that. He was always hard on me and that is why I love him!! :P haha )My friend Leif…FORCING me to quit complaining and go outside with him! Haha (He had a hard time seeing me like that. He was always hard on me and that is why I love him!! 😛 ha
ha )I always made everyone put their thumbs up and say everything was going to be okay.I always made everyone put their thumbs up and say everything was going to be okay.
One of my first few times leaving the nursing home I was staying at until my bones healed enough so that I could go to rehab. (I could have gone home...but I wanted to be alone and not feel like I am bringing everyone else around me down with my sadness)One of my first few times leaving the nursing home I was staying at until my bones healed enough so that I could go to rehab. (I could have gone home…but I wanted to be alone and not feel like I am bringing everyone else around me down with my sadness)
I always had family and friends to help me and encourage me....and I know I could not have done it without them. (My sister Alaisa on the left and Shanae on the right)I always had family and friends to help me and encourage me….and I know I could not have done it without them. (My sister Alaisa on the left and Shanae on the right)
My best friend Leif taking me to the movies (Once again having to force me to go! Haha I didn’t think I could leave the nursing home...but he said screw it! And he knew I was making excuses. That’s what I love about him! (I was nervous and scared about going outwith him and needing all of that helpMy best friend Leif taking me to the movies (Once again having to force me to go! Haha I didn’t think I could leave the nursing home…but he said screw it! And he knew I was making excuses. That’s what I love about him! (I was nervous and scared about hanging out with him and needing all of that help
But surprisingly... :P haha he didn’t make me feel bad about it at all :)But surprisingly… 😛 haha he didn’t make me feel bad about it at all 🙂
I finally went to rehabI finally went to rehab
And then I went home...in a wheelchair...the hardest part of it all. I had to face the life I used to have. This is the first time going for a walk with friends <3 (I was sad...but I had to face it) I am so lucky to have such good friends :)And then I went home…in a wheelchair…the hardest part of it all. I had to face the life I used to have. This is the first time going for a walk with friends ❤ (I was sad…but I had to face it) I am so lucky to have such good friends 🙂
Going to downtown Seattle for Alex’s birthday (It’s pretty funny when I look at this...I always had to have music in my ears to keep me distracted from my sadness...I mean...who does that? Haha who listens to music while you are walking around with your friends? Lol I did)Going to downtown Seattle for Alex’s birthday (It’s pretty funny when I look at this…I always had to have music in my ears to keep me distracted from my sadness…I mean…who does that? Haha who listens to music while you are walking around with your friends? Lol I did)
My friend Courtney taking me to the glass art museum (Another one of my first few outings)My friend Courtney taking me to the glass art museum (Another one of my first few outings)
I went to the ocean with my friends for the first time...and all I could do was ride around on peoples backs...I was extremely , extremely sad inside that I could not walk on the beach...I went to the ocean with my friends for the first time…and all I could do was ride around on peoples backs…I was extremely , extremely sad inside that I could not walk on the beach…
I tried my best to pretend I was fine and not ruin everyone else’s good time...but I couldn’t keep the tears from rolling down my face.I tried my best to pretend I was fine and not ruin everyone else’s good time…but I couldn’t keep the tears from rolling down my face.
For some reason...I got it in my head that I couldn’t even dig a clam...because I was constantly being told by society that I can’t really do anything anymore... And when they told me to dig this clam...For some reason…I got it in my head that I couldn’t even dig a clam…because I was constantly being told by society that I can’t really do anything anymore… And when they told me to dig this clam…
I was so happy...and so many crazy and intense feelings just came over me and I started bawling crying! It was like an explosion of built up feelings....who would have thought...digging a clam could do that to you :P hahaI was so happy…and so many crazy and intense feelings just came over me and I started bawling crying! It was like an explosion of built up feelings….who would have thought…digging a clam could do that to you 😛 haha
The first time I did something that I used to love to do! Because my friends encouraged me and helped me to get there <3The first time I did something that I used to love to do! Because my friends encouraged me and helped me to get there
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My first time playing Wheelchair basketball and getting blisters in every single finger!My first time playing Wheelchair basketball and getting blisters in every single finger!
My Best friend Whitney that I lost that year...My Best friend Whitney that I lost that year…
Whitney being her crazy self (in a good way of course! <3 :)Whitney being her crazy self (in a good way of course! ❤ 🙂
Whitney on the left :P Me with the crazy taped shoesWhitney on the left 😛 Me with the crazy taped shoes
Whit and I <3 She was allllways so funny and fun to be around!Whit and I ❤ She was allllways so funny and fun to be around!
Whit at my birthday when we were younger (from left to right: Chels (Whit’s sister), Me, Whit, Blair)Whit at my birthday when we were younger (from left to right: Chels (Whit’s sister), Me, Whit, Blair)
Whit holding our baby sister Mo :)Whit holding our baby sister Mo 🙂
All the sisters (except Mo :P Whit in the middle with the two peace signs :) She was always about the peace <3 She was the most loving and accepting person I knew She really was amazing.All the sisters (except Mo 😛 Whit in the middle with the two peace signs 🙂 She was always about the peace ❤ She was the most loving and accepting person I knew She really was amazing.
Here is my other Best friend that I lost, Jordan, dropping food on me in the hospital :PHere is my other Best friend that I lost, Jordan, dropping food on me in the hospital 😛
My Best friend Jordan <3 :( My Jorgina Angel <3 he always knew how to spend quality time with people...when he hung-out with you...he was all about you...My Best friend Jordan ❤ 😦 My Jorgina Angel ❤ he always knew how to spend quality time with people…when he hung-out with you…he was all about you…
My Best Friend forever <3My Best Friend forever ❤
for Halloween...since I had to use a walker...he dressed up as a grandpa to make it even better with me! :)
for Halloween…since I had to use a walker…he dressed up as a grandpa to make it even better with me! 🙂
When we went camping...he carried me everywhere as if it was nothing! He was deceivingly strong :)When we went camping…he carried me everywhere as if it was nothing! He was deceivingly strong 🙂
Jordan being proud of me :)Jordan being proud of me 🙂
Jordan taking me Kayaking...picking me up, putting the kayaks on the car, carrying them down to the water...carrying me down to the water....bringing my dog down to the water...and doing it all just because he loved me and wanted to cheer me up and take me kayaking. I always wanted to do that kind of stuff...but felt bad that I would need so much help...but Jordan was such an amazing person who cared so much about his friends! ) <3Jordan taking me Kayaking…picking me up, putting the kayaks on the car, carrying them down to the water…carrying me down to the water….bringing my dog down to the water…and doing it all just because he loved me and wanted to cheer me up and take me kayaking. I always wanted to do that kind of stuff…but felt bad that I would need so much help…but Jordan was such an amazing person who cared so much about his friends! ) ❤
Here is me at the airport on my way to the basketball camp a few weeks after I lost Jordan...Here is me at the airport on my way to the basketball camp a few weeks after I lost Jordan…
First day moving into my dorm room at the U of I with my Dad :)First day moving into my dorm room at the U of I with my Dad 🙂
Here is my first friend at the U of I bringing me cotton candy (That melted) haha :) One of the nicest guys I have ever met!Here is my first friend at the U of I bringing me cotton candy (That melted) haha 🙂 One of the nicest guys I have ever met!
Here is a new friend trying to chear me up in my dorm room after I was crying and felt alone.Here is a new friend trying to cher me up in my dorm room after I was crying and felt alone.
One of our workouts :) :)One of our workouts 🙂 🙂
Here is me being a party pooper at the dorms :P haha I always thought I had to study every single second!! And I didn't really like to party...because I didn't know how to feel about it all after losing Whitney...I just saw too many bad things that happen because of it...I didn't know how to balance it all and just live my life.Here is me being a party pooper at the dorms 😛 haha I always thought I had to study every single second!! And I didn’t really like to party…because I didn’t know how to feel about it all after losing Whitney…I just saw too many bad things that happen because of it…I didn’t know how to balance it all and just live my life.
Our team supporting us at a wheelchair fashion show :)Our team supporting us at a wheelchair fashion show 🙂
Playing football with my teammates at our team Christmas party :)Playing football with my teammates at our team Christmas party 🙂
My Best friend and teammate Carlie and I at our Nationals banquet :) (She helped me through a lot...and taught me A LOT!)My Best friend and teammate Carlie and I at our Nationals banquet 🙂 (She helped me through a lot…and taught me A LOT!)
My coach Steph :) The person that has given me the opportunity to have all of these amazing, life changing experiences and opportunities in my life <3 She is the definition of strong :) <3 And we are lucky enough to get to have her as our coach :)My coach Steph 🙂 The person that has given me the opportunity to have all of these amazing, life changing experiences and opportunities in my life ❤ She is the definition of strong 🙂 ❤ And we are lucky enough to get to have her as our coach 🙂
My Dad and I before my graduation :)My Dad and I before my graduation 🙂
My teammate Helen and I at graduation :)My teammate Helen and I at graduation 🙂
...Just being happy with my family all around me :)…Just being happy with my family all around me 🙂
:) Having confidence
Being confident
🙂 Having confidenceTrying out for the USA team!
Bruise from training hard 😉
...this is what my hands looked like after tryouts for the USA team! :P haha pretty gross looking I know :P
Trying out for the USA team!…this is what my hands looked like after tryouts for the USA team! 😛 haha pretty gross looking I know 😛
Playing at the World Championships in Toronto, Canada this summer! :)Playing at the World Championships in Toronto, Canada this summer! 🙂
 My first time starting the second half in our game against Australia 🙂
My first and only tattoo :) Because I finally have faith... and it is never going away :)My first and only tattoo 🙂 Because I finally have faith… and it is never going away

 

 

Just being happy :)
being happy with my teammates 🙂
My first summer home from college...I felt once again really sad...I was back to being surrounded by my old life...and all of my friends that could do so many things that I could not do anymore...it was hard for me to always try and keep up with them or sit out and watch them doing the things I wished I could...but then I found kayaking...and that...once again...gave me something to focus on and to push myself throughout my summers :) I really grew a lot as a person because of it :)My first summer home from college…I felt once again really sad…I was back to being surrounded by my old life…and all of my friends that could do so many things that I could not do anymore…it was hard for me to always try and keep up with them or sit out and watch them doing the things I wished I could…but then I found kayaking…and that…once again…gave me something to focus on and to push myself throughout my summers 🙂 I really grew a lot as a person because of it 🙂Nationals with the GH Team :)Nationals with the GH Team 🙂Kayaking Nationals banquet :)Kayaking Nationals banquet 🙂2013 USA Paracanoe Worldchampionships, Duisburg Germany2013 USA Paracanoe Worldchampionships, Duisburg GermanyI was in the German newspaper!! ...Right next to Miley!! :P hahaI was in the German newspaper!! …Right next to Miley!! 😛 hahaMy amazing teammates supporting me!! :)My amazing teammates supporting me!! :TayTayTay :)Tay 🙂TayTayTay :) hahaTay 🙂 hahaTay :) <3Tay 🙂 ❤Tay :) Just because she is so cute!!Tay 🙂 Just because she is so cute!!
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Kimberly Kivett
Kimberly Kivett Wow you have come along way, you keep the faith Megan.
Shane Baker
Shane Baker Wow, truly amazing life story Megan. Good for you keeping your chin up during hard times. Perhaps the best FB post ever.
Shanae Ryan
Shanae Ryan i love you megan. you have come so far. its so bittersweet going through the pictures and reliving everything. but it also reminds me how incredibly strong you are. i KNOW that you were given this life on purpose. not every life altering thing is actually bad. even when it is something like this. i truly believe god knows exactly what he is doing. you are going to make this world better for someone else simply by sharing your story and raising awareness. you are going to save lives. im so proud that you are my sister. i will always be here for you.
Colette Babson
Colette Babson Amazing writing, Megan!
Jill Kelsey
Jill Kelsey ^^I was just going to say that!. Amazing story. Keep up the good work. You are so brave, talented, drive. Love that in you. It is great to see your progress. 🙂 *hugs*
Joshua Fender
Joshua Fender If you only knew what an inspiration you are. You done amazing things with your life already, you are gorgeous. Always remember that you have lots of people that love and are encouraged by you everyday. You accident closed some doors but opened up many others. Keep being an inspiration.
William Michael Paul
William Michael Paul Praise God! Thx for sharing from your heart and soul.. Your testimony is overwhelming with pain, passion, compassion, and love… It is such an honor to read your story. The setbacks brought tears to my eyes and the victories brought love and allowed me to Praise God as you continue your journey… Sister Megan, since the day we met I have never stopped praying for you… Psalm 91 I will always be your pray partner and friend… xoxo
Tyler Jamal Anderson
Tyler Jamal Anderson wow haha an excellent memory bit/and a tragic memory segment. First of all, the motorcycle accident I was “in,” with less severity in the long run 9/2005THAT thing usually assists my TBI in the sense that my attention fades away soo damn QUICK, I kept with your typing although* There’s an improvement for me, because, well I kept wanting to know MORE! YOUR doings, traveling and especially the effort you’ve given daaang, *it takes it all, that’s for sure..my issue was is idealy memory, speech(a bit*improving tho!)and balance. haha I haven’t quit pushing myself, I forget I’m not able for EVERYTHING I had done, I’ve broken ankle twice and wrist once. and I have no memory of HOW of any haha. I’m purty much a drunken sailor when walking, then speech don’t help me. I’ve gotten pulled over by the popo, sobriety tested a COUPLE times and I’ve “dinged” bumpers on multiple cars. Fatty one in a truck tailgate.*as well as destoying other vehicles..well not COMPLETELY. I don’t drive much, NOW* I’m also now in Bangkok with muh WIFE-YoungLIfe camp 2011 Malibu, 2011 an angel fell from God’s graspI CAUGHT THE ACCEPTING ANGEL OF FAITH! *The Lord makes it alll easier hun, opportunities get provided, amazement takes place, if you haven’t already, ha check the guy out*
I hope you’ll continue progressingOH, 4/5 hours IS ALL I GET TOO!!! Grrr, it suucks
AND, why do you think you and I, never got to hangin out! I kind of figure we were just never THAT good of friends in High School, I was too nervous to ask, as I thought fir SURE you’d think i was all “makin it up” ha AND your sister uuh SHAE, I met/ran into her with other people one time…again I GOT NERVOUS! sooorta diggin the girl, too hahah
*twas the past, yarr both cared about ladies, I think there’s a third sis?Brother, brother TOO?? eh, ok well take it easy hun *Jesus/check Him out aand I hope to kick t with yuh when I return, from Thailand and/or Canerda!
-the lady OWAYS wins the option of where to live in a marriage, so I’m told :/
Sherry Hill-Trailer
Sherry Hill-Trailer Love it, thanks for sharing with us all. I am so proud of how far you have come. I know it has been a huge life alternating journey. Your well on your way full of love, confidence, integrity and a compassion to help and be there for others as they were for you through this journey.
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk I am really glad you all like it! 🙂 I was a little nervous to post it…
Sherry Hill-Trailer
Sherry Hill-Trailer You cant go wrong when you listen to your heart!
Cody Shea
Cody Shea You have by far the most inspirational story of survival from anyone I’ve ever known. It brings tears to my eyes seeing you overcome so much Megan. Your a fighter alright. And it’s obvious you have a lot of people in you’re life that love you and cherish you. You inspire me
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk Thank you Cody 🙂 When you said it brought tears to your eyes…I had to go back and read through my pictures…and yeah…it brought tears to my eyes too 😛 haha it feels good to look back and feel it though
Lauren Bennett
Lauren Bennett I love you megs for all your strengths and weaknesses because each make you the beautiful woman I’ve known and loved for so many years
Rachel Rochelle Perez
Rachel Rochelle Perez Wow Megan Blunk truly born survivor with such a warriors heart!! you
Shirley Armstrong
Shirley Armstrong Well written and truly heartfelt. You’re an amazing woman Megan.
Jill Peters
Jill Peters Wow, such an old soul in such a young body! You are so wise, and because you are so good at expressing yourself, it will carry forward and help so many others. You are so brave, to write about all of this unfiltered, because not everything in life is a made for TV movie. Megan keep this up, because I sense that it’s very cathartic for you, and it’s teaching all of us so much at the same time. Bravo chica!
Helen Dunphy Barker
Helen Dunphy Barker Dearest Megan, thank you so much for sharing your story. Depression can be debilitating, but add serious injury, and the combination can be so overwhelming. I think that your ability to focus on the external, to fill your life with challenges, is your gut survival instinct, and what has allowed you, to OVERCOME. You are such an inspiration to anyone who knows you. We are so very, very proud of you. You are a leader, and your story needs to be shared. Love you, kiddo!
Mark Watland
Mark Watland You have incredible strength to be able to write and share this, Megan. And that goes along with a heart of gold. I just hope someday you’ll realize what a huge positive impact you’ve had on so many people. THANK YOU!
Brea McPherson
Brea McPherson What an incredible, moving recap of your life. You’re amazing, Megan. You literally inspire people every single day. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Tracy Fisher
Tracy Fisher Have you ever though of writing a book? You have an amazing way with words that make others understand about family, friendships, feelings, love and many other things. Thanks for sharing your story. 🙂 Many blessings to you.
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk thank you all! 🙂 It is all really encouraging for me to read 🙂
Rebecca Blunk Silva
Rebecca Blunk Silva Thanks for sharing this Megan. You truly inspire. I’m proud to share blood with you and have no doubt you will be a source of help and healing in whatever work you do.
Lisa Hall You are so amazing. I just love everything about you…
Cheryl Lilmoma Ingram
Cheryl Lilmoma Ingram You just gave me chills. U R Amazing! Please think about writing a book because I know that YOU would inspire a lot of people.
Krystal Monteros Girl! Your story reminds me so much of myself! I was thinking about Tony the entire time I was reading this. And then you go and mention him in the end lol. Every time I do something new, I always think, “if only Tony was here to do this with me”. I know he is so proud of both of us! 🙂
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk Yes he would Krystal Monteros! 🙂 He was so awesome!
Ricky Rice Jr.
Ricky Rice Jr. I always love reading your stories Megan, and truly appreciate that you take the time to share them. You are one of the most beautiful people I have the privilege of knowing, inside and out. I don’t know if you realize how much hope and inspiration your stories bring to me, and I’m positive to so many others. I’m so very thankful that I met you in that speech class at TCC, and it’s such a small world being that your dad was one of my teachers in massage school. I just want you to know that I’m proud of you, proud to know such an incredible woman, and I love watching you as you travel your road to greatness. You are going to do/are already doing wonderful things in this world to change the lives of so many. Keep up the good work beautiful lady! 🙂
Rick Ouhl
Rick Ouhl Megan, Amy and I are so proud of you! I remember when Amy talked to you and told you to go down to the dock and find Alan. You go girl, YOU so much life to bring to this world
Michael Divel
Michael Divel after reading this Megan I feel really sad with how much of a problem you had with your disability I think everybody that has a disability has those moments of depression with the things that they can’t do any more and they used to be able to. I learned a long time ago you just can’t dwell on the things that you could do before and focus on the things you can’t do now because I will never be the same. the way that I dealt with my depression was seeing other people less fortunate than me seeing that they were making it through their life and I was more fortunate I still have my arms and to still be able to play basketball. I feel like sports has been a huge help with me just like it was for you. you have to have faith in God that he has a purpose for us all and just keep doing what you’re doing as you’re doing great things God bless you Megan!
Megan Blunk It is a small world Ricky Rice Jr.!! And that was my favorite class!! And i`m so happy she did Rick Ouhl! 🙂 and Michael Divel I think the depression I already had made the transition even harder for me… but yeah it was the best thing to ever happen to me! Im glad u have such a positive outlook as well! 🙂
Michelle Savage
Michelle Savage Wow Megan! Your writing has improved so much since I helped you get C papers in English at TCC….lol!!! Amazing story. You are truly Blessed and an inspiration to us all. Hope you feel the love;)
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk Thank you Michelle Savage! 🙂 And I definitely do feel the love! You guys are amazing!!! And I would probably still get bad grades on my papers in THAT english class with THAT english teacher 😛 haha
Michelle Savage
Michelle Savage Yeah lets blame that teacher!! We would have aced that class anywhere else;) lol
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk Uhhhh haha yes!!! You were valedictorian!!!!!
Julie Yates
Julie Yates Your doing it Megan and inspire me to do better, try harder, and try to live in the present every time I see your posts. It’s all so close to home for me that I bawled reading the entire post. Your a remarkable woman who IMO has already overcome and achieved great things. I’m so blessed to know you.
Megan Blunk
Megan Blunk Thank you Julie Yates!! you were there for me from the beginning! And it really meant a lot to me when you showed up to the nursing home to meet me and encourage me (: sorry we didn’t get together for coffee last time I was home. But I promise we will get together next time I am home! I hope you are doing good! Because you deserve the best! 🙂
Julie Yates
Julie Yates Thanks Megan Blunk! Yup we’ll get together next time your home. There’s just not enough time in a day when everything takes so dam long cause of the stupid SCI, lol! If love to hear what your gonna studying this year when you have time. You’ve picked an awesome career path *)
Christy Blewy Blew
Christy Blewy Blew I could write so much, yet simply, I love you gal! You may never know how much you have helped me just by being you.
Megan Blunk
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4 thoughts on “…I just wanted to be a little more honest and share a little more about my life…

  1. I’m sorry for your losses but you are a inspiration to all of us you need to write a book on your life we would all get it !im so proud of you but I am just one man and Jessi is just one woman but we could never be more proud of you!god bless you and keep rising to the top for all of us but mostly for yourself!we love you😘😘😘

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  2. Megan, you had me from the beginning, just the fact that you played basketball so well. It’s hard to believe you’ve lived through all of this. All I can think to do is continue to cheer for you. You’re a beacon. I can’t be there from the beginning for you, but if you need any more pictures, I’m your guy. Sincerely, Ed Johnson

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