5 years

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of my accident. 5 years! It seems like a million and just last week, too. (If you are new to an apple a day or want a refresher course in the importance of motorcycle helmet laws, please start here.)


I spent all day feverishly working so I think I managed to escape any PTSD flareups this time around. I took a mini break from work in the afternoon and ended up buying Micha and I plane tickets to Paris and Holland. How's that for a celebration of survival? We leave in 12 days. Clearly, I can't be trusted with a credit card.

Honestly though, I'm feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for my lot in life. My seven fingers have turned out to be mighty lucky and you're a big part of why.

41 comments:

  1. i went back and read about the full story and just wanted to say how inspiring you are. I'm so relieved everything turned out okay! : )

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  2. Love you.

    from the other Amy Elizabeth in Williamsburg

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  3. It's amazing how we can get used to almost anything, and prosper and grow and live on and inspire people (me included) and run off to gay Paris!

    Not a fun anniversary, but I would think of it, as I suspect you do, as the anniversary of your survival. And that is worthy of a trip to Europe every year.

    yours, Nick

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  4. YEEEE!!!!! Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam... I'm so excited!!!
    It's the perfect time.

    And for the record... there is nothing that those seven fingers can't do... and do ten times better than average

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  5. So lucky and glad that you survived. Stay alive dear.

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  6. I am new to your blog. Your story is an encouragement and leaves me feeling thankful. It would be an honor to meet you. Cheers to 5 years!

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  7. you are a very strong woman! wow. i can't even *imagine* the pain you went through. i'm very glad you are recovered and happy and healthy now! xo

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  8. How great it must feel to be alive! I recently celebrated 1 year since my accident (of walking across the street and being hit by a car) - needless to say, my PSTD flare-ups are frequent, but it's always nice to read that I'm not alone. I wound up buying tickets to Montreal.. but I'd take your Paris/Holland trip ANY day :) Have fun, and here's to being ALIVE!

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  9. What an amazing story. Here's to adventures and fun and life.

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  10. Thank the shining heavens for your intact skull, thank heavens for those precious, talented seven fingies, and thank heavens for Micha and tickets to Paris. I just read the story and JESUS, woman, are we lucky to have you mostly, beautifully, wittily intact.

    Also, thought this might be helpful info to have in your back pocket when you're having a bad left hand day:

    Most Mongolians are missing a few fingers. In fact you aren't considered a man until you've lost a few. It's just how they roll. One lost in a tractor chassis here, one bitten off by a surly bactrian camel there, a couple gone to frostbite, etc. So you'd get a LOT of respek in Mongolia.

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  11. I was right here when you first bravely posted about the accident, and now I sit here reliving that wonderment and awe I felt towards you. You're incredible. You know that don't you? And *squeal* Paris?!!! Please document everything for us so I can visit the City of Lights vicariously through you!

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  12. I have been reading your blog for a while & was unaware of your awful accident & lack of digits .
    The spirit of your blog is thoughtful & gentle , certainly not bitter or resentful , so go to Paris & let the magic happen.

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  13. Thinking of you and sending large hugs your way, you have a remarkable talent in turning the awful into something positive to learn from. Have a wonderful break you truly are one lucky lady in life and loves
    Hugs
    Gem
    xxx

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  14. You have more talent in those seven fingers than I could ever dream of. Congratulations on a PTSD-free anniversary and, more importantly, a big "hooray" for how lucky we all are to still have you with us. Here's to a wonderful new year full of surprises, adventures and great new opportunities. :)

    Grace

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  15. Others would curl up and wither, but you seem to be optimistic, animated and happy. Wow, it got all that about you reading through your blog, which by the way is completely heart felt. Have fun in Europe!

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  16. You definitely deserved the survival celebration trip. Your blog brings a smile to my face with every post.

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  17. This photograph is beautiful, and a perfect accompaniment to your anniversary post.
    Glad you're keeping your chin up, and have so much fun traveling! Live it up.

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  18. yay! paris and holland! how exciting for yoU!

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  19. wow i just read the post about your accident. you are truly an inspiration to maintain a positive attitude and your story put things into perspective for me. have a wonderful time on your trip - you deserve it!

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  20. I love that picture! Sounds like life on the road--and in the skies--has been treating you well. Can't wait to hear what happens next.

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  21. That is a beautiful picture! I had no idea, and I considered myself a bit of a regular reader.

    Have an awesome time :) u honeymooned in Paris. is was wonderful.

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  22. I just read the earlier post and I am so happy that you survived and have thrived for the past five years. God bless.

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  23. I am also a new(ish) reader and am very touched by your strength. Thank you for sharing. Also, very exciting that you will be coming to Holland! The last golden leaves are still hanging on the trees here in Amsterdam. Which cities will you be traveling to? x carly

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  24. What a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty of life!

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  25. And thank you for sharing with all of us. Yours is my very favorite blog of all blogs - and the blog that inspired me to begin my own lil' blog! Yup. It's true. Thank you!

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  26. can't be trusted with a credit card? no, no, no. i think you did just exactly what you're supposed to do with those things. bon voyage!

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  27. Have a wonderful celebratory trip. Yours is one of my favourite blogs and you are quite the inspiration! Take care, S

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  28. Hava a fantastic time you two! Thank you for opening your heart and hands to us all. Through your words we grow and prosper too!

    Best,
    Suzy

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  29. You're a real inspiration. I've seriously thought about you + your accident but mainly your spirit at times when I'm whining to myself and my skills and it's helped me suck it up and move along.

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  30. Can't wait to see the photos! Have a great time. I've been following your blog for some time and you're truly an inspiration.

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  31. Have fun!! What a wonderful thing to be able say, "Ooops, I bought plane tickets to Paris!"

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  32. You are wonderful. I love reading your blog so much!

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  33. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing...

    I hope you're enjoying your trip... the pictures are incredible.
    xoxo

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  34. Enjoy your trip with your sister! Glad you are celebrating!

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  35. I enjoyed your article today: Monday, Jan10th, 2011. I sent it on to a friend of mine who enjoys living on her own and like you does a lot of her work from home. She adopted our two foster Greyhounds two years ago and we've been family since!
    Hugs,
    Paulette

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  36. I have never been much into reading other people's blogs, but for some reason was very intrigued by your words. You are a fantastic writer and I enjoy reading every word you write. Keep up the great work and I think your apartment is wonderful.
    Carol

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  37. I love your writings!!!

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  38. Just read you for the first time and enjoyed your words, spirit and pictures. Thank you for YOU as you are. Assunta

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  39. Your life story is so inspirational...continue to write. It has helped me like I know it has helped many. I will definetely share this website with my 5 sisters...Thank you...God Bless...

    Ruth and her 5 sisters

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