"4 years ago my life looked drastically different than it does today. You see, today marks 4 years since logically, I should have died when I crashed head-on into a tree coming home from church in Huddleston.
But 4 years ago, my God was not finished with me. The tree completely crashed my car right up until my seat! My life was changed, but it wasn’t taken! God’s purpose prevailed.
When I was in a coma the doctors said I might never walk, talk, eat, or even breathe on my own again. They wanted my mom to have me put in a home where they could take care of me around the clock, but she refused because she trusted God to heal me. Many of you prayed for me & God answered! I came out of that coma!
I learned to walk, talk, and even drive and do other unbelievable things again! With God’s help, I graduated high school on time and am now excelling in my junior year of college all with the help of my God! (I am actually not smart, if you know me well you probably know my life consists of 24/7 blonde moments.) Because through it all, God has never left my side for a minute! He gave me my voice back so I get to proclaim His wonderful story! Psalm 118:17 says, “I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.”
Don’t get me wrong, being a TBI survivor is tough. People often don’t realize that it’s a lifelong battle. It isn’t an ‘I almost died once but now I’m fine’ kind of thing. I still fight physically, mentally, & emotionally every single day. But I do not fight alone.
Not a day has gone by that I have had to face this journey alone. The God who stopped the tree at my seat, who woke me up from a coma after almost a month, and who wowed the doctors by restoring me piece by piece, that same God has never left my side in the slow recovery process. Even when I couldn’t see it, He was working on my behalf. Even when I couldn’t feel Him, He had His loving arms around me. I am just so thankful today to have the privilege of being a small part of God’s master plan.
I was not always thankful God saved me from death, but now that I have seen just a glimpse of how He has used all the not-so-good things that have happened in my life to serve a purpose far greater than I could have ever hoped or imagined. All I can do is hang on and excitedly watch God continue to work! Because that’s the beautiful part, my story is far from over! God is still restoring me piece by piece! I still get to be a part of His amazing story!"
-Ashley, TBI Survivor