Daina T.

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I am … a Survivor.

It was a dark, rainy evening December of 1999. My parents left, leaving my younger sister and I with our older sister to babysit. I was begging to go outside to play in the rain, and my sister told us, “ok, go.” During a very innocent game of tag, I was struck in the neck and had a massive stroke at the age of 11.

After 15-20 minutes, my parents returned to see me slumped over on our couch. Immediately, my mother’s nursing instincts kicked in and an ambulance was called. Shortly after that, I was airlifted by the Survival flight of Motts Childrens hospital. They flew me safely in the horrible weather.  I was placed in a coma while my family had the only information available: I had a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). My family was told that I may never wake up. While I was in this coma, I was told that I was needed.

I woke up after 17 days. After the shock of me actually waking up, my doctors told my parents that I would possibly be a vegetable for the rest of my life. If I wasn’t, I would never talk, I would never walk, and by far I would never graduate high school.  Well, ya know what I say to that big fat word never? “Watch me!”

I started talking on christmas day that year and I started getting feeling back in my leg on new year’s day! My family was told that I may not live very long… again! I said, “Watch me!!” I graduated high school in 2007 and I had my son in 2012.

Let me tell all of you! DO NOT EVER GIVE UP AND NEVER IS NOT A WORD!