An Unexpected Day
November 27, 2018, was a beautiful sunny day after what felt like endless rain. I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch, so I swung by to pick up my “new” bike, a 2013 Dyna Street Bob to take to lunch.
I was sitting at the end of the driveway, waiting for a car to pass. The next thing I know, I'm being loaded into an ambulance. They asked me what hurt and all I kept saying was, “My face hurts and someone, please call my husband.”
I’m not 100% sure what happened, but somehow, I pulled out of my driveway, lost control, ran off the road, and hit a concrete and brick pillar head-on. My beloved bike, who didn’t have a name yet, took almost all the impact. As a few flashes of memories came back, I remember seeing the brick coming toward me, and all I could think was, “Faith, why are you accelerating? You’ve got to roll off the throttle!” but my hands wouldn’t move.
My injuries were minor considering everything. With the damage to my bike, crushed forks, fracture bent, and cracked crankcase, the techs believe I was going around 30 mph when I hit.
The injuries I sustained were a few bruises on my body, a small fracture on my face, a busted forehead, and a concussion. Although it will be some time until I can ride again, I have to allow the large knot on my head to heal; there are more ways than I can count of that I have been blessed through this crazy event.
I believe that life is life and things happen. How we choose to handle those things determines who we are. I decided to believe that God would stay with me through my accident and he would see to my family’s success. So far that is exactly what has happened. He has worked incredible miracles and never left my side. I will always remember the unending ways he has touched my life through an accident.
I have felt the power of prayer so strongly through all of this. My church has prayer for me for months, that I would recover and return to my “normal” self. I felt them even when I didn’t see their faces. Got stays with us always.
Getting Back On
Since the accident, I have made a full mental recovery. I still have a scar on my head and a bump. All things considered, I’m doing great.
I took my first double ride with AJ in February with the ECHOG chapter. I rode a little longer than a should have, but it was incredible to ride again.
This week, I started back on the training course at Harley, on one of the training bikes, taking the next step to riding again. Everyday, I get stronger. I am so blessed that God has been with me every step of the way.
The road is my solitude, the place where I relax and commune with God.