5 years ago today I woke up and got ready like every other morning. My two oldest sons and husband were all home sick from school/work with the flu, so I loaded my littlest into the car, strapped him in his booster seat and left the house to run errands. It was a normal day. Nothing was different. Not yet.. I had no idea what was about to happen as I drove down the highway straight into the 10am sunlight.
No idea that my distracted driving would cause me to not see the 18 wheeler stopped in the middle of the highway.
I had no idea that taking my eyes off the road for that split second would cost me years of pain and, eventually, my left leg.
I had no idea our lives were about to change forever. Even though I didn't know it was coming, it still happened. When I said goodbye to my boys that morning it could've been for the last time. When i kissed @josh_cook82 goodbye as I walked out of the house, it might have been the last time I ever saw those beautiful eyes look at me. When I strapped my Judah in, it could have been the last time those little arms wrapped around my neck for a last minute hug.
I thank God every day that this day is now an anniversary of triumph over hardship instead of a day of grief and mourning. No radio station, text, call, or conversation is worth your life or the life of your child. NOTHING is EVER worth that. You NEVER know what a day will bring. You NEVER know when you leave your house if you will make it back safely that evening. We assume we will. We EXPECT to. We take our safety, our very lives, for granted. DON'T. Nothing is certain. Nothing is sure. Hug your kids tight. Kiss your husband longer. Run fast. Play hard. Laugh. LIVE. But while you're on the road, CONCENTRATE. Put down your phones. Stop putting on your makeup. Leave the radio alone. PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD. For your own sake AND for the sake of those driving the road with you. I lost a leg because I was careless. But every day I'm so thankful I didn't lose a life. #DistractedDriving #ItCanWait #DontTextAndDrive #CarWreck #LimbLoss #Amputee #LimbLossAwareness #Wreck #ItHappenedSoFast #LifeChanging #InASplitSecond #AmputeeCoalition #DriveSafe #SafeDriver @ATT