"You always see me all 'put together' BUT at one point I was a hot mess, so hurt & devastated after a car accident which left me paralyzed. That accident took so much from me, things I had worked for so hard like moving to San Diego & the future dreams I had with my late boyfriend Patrick. I became paralyzed but unfortunately he passed away which broke my heart.
At first, I couldn't do anything. I couldn't move, speak or eat by myself. Before the accident, I had a job & was going to school full time. Though this tragic accident took a lot from me, it didn't take my DESIRE to LIVE & my hunger for LIFE! I always knew I'd go back to college because it was my lifelong goal but it was very hard.
I had many medical complications the first 2 years & nothing worked out out the way I had hoped after rehab. I'm not gonna lie, it was difficult! I remember thinking "OK I have accepted to move forward in a wheelchair & I'm trying to do better for myself, can I just get a break?
I remember seeing most of my friends graduate & I wasn't even back @ school! I didn't know when I'd be able to go but I knew I would return & this time I'd major in something that I was actually passionate about because I realized life is too short.
I went back to college after 2 years & majored in Communications & graduated with honors. The pic on the right was just last week at a conference in Chicago. I was there as a host and reporter with @latinosinspiradores where I met a lot of amazing people.
So today, for me to have my voice back, to be INDEPENDENT, to be able to do what I LOVE & to be able to MAKE a DIFFERENCE in people's lives it's so WORTH it!
My journey has been really painful and difficult but it's all worth it. I am happy & blessed to be alive even though living my life in a wheelchair has a lot of challenges.
But I believe we all have the power & potential to do so much especially if we don't victimize ourselves!" - Tamara Mena
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