One year ago today was when my wreck happened. I haven’t said a whole lot about it on here. I finally settled with the trucking company’s insurance in December. Did not get near as much as I thought I should have for the months of physical therapy, the pain, the stress, and the anxiety attacks I dealt with over that time, but I was ready for it to be over.

The whole situation did nothing to improve my opinion of hospitals, lawyers, insurance companies, or insurance adjusters.

But, I am okay. Looking at the pictures of my car and remembering the entire horrific experience, I am reminded how very lucky I am to be here and in relatively good health.

Sitting here this morning, I remember slowing down and stopping because traffic was at a standstill on I-35 near the Tonkawa exit. There was construction going on at the time, and I assumed either that or a wreck had stopped traffic. As I am sitting there waiting for traffic to start moving again, I glanced up in my rearview mirror just in time to see a semi-truck bearing down on me and had the thought “They don’t have time to stop” and they hit me.

Since that day, I have had some panic attacks in traffic when semis are behind me that I have had to breathe and talk myself through.

But at the bottom of all the stress and pain and worry, there was always thankfulness. Shortly after my wreck, a similar wreck happened in southern Oklahoma. Same situation, stopped traffic due to construction, and a semi hit a car. Those people were not as lucky as I was.

So through all the pain and stress and worry, I have strived to focus on thankfulness. Thankfulness for basically walking away. Thankfulness for sick leave and annual leave that I could use to take care of myself after the wreck. Thankful for my son being able to come pick me up at the hospital that day. Thankful for friends who brought me my medicine and food afterwards. Thankfulness for a job that was understanding. Thankfulness for a great physical therapist who helped me regain my strength. Thankful that the grandkids were not with me (I’d just had them a few days earlier).

Today as I look back on the year since the wreck, yes it has been difficult. But there have been many blessings along the way. The number one being that I am still here.


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