Hi, my name is Melissa Young and I am 37
years old as of 2012, I was a manager of a restaurant and sports bar for 5
years before my life turned upside down on January 31st 2010.
I was with my friend and he hit
a curb on the side of the road and the truck went airborne, and then hit a
concrete culvert on the side of the road. When I opened my eyes I knew
something was definitely wrong I told my friend I couldn't feel my legs,
I was never so scared in my life. I was airlifted to the nearest trauma
hospital. I had a T12 burst fracture in my spinal cord, a concussion,
lacerations on my face, a broken ankle and two shattered shoulders plus a
I had to have two blood transfusions
because I lost so much blood. A week later I had to have a six hour surgery for
my shoulders where I have a plate and 8 screws in each shoulder. I woke up
after surgery and the next day I saw the doctor and he told me I would never
walk again and I just sobbed. I thought my life is over and I kept telling God,
"I know you kept My me on this earth for a reason. I know the mind is a
powerful thing and being strong is what I have to do and never give up."
On March of 2012, I discovered Project Walk
Orlando; quickly fell in with the people and the aggressive therapy. I have
been getting donations from family and friends to help with my therapy because
insurance no longer covers it. I really need more funds to progress with my
therapy. I am receiving disability now and looking for a job to help because
the disability barely pays the bills.
I recently had another back surgery on
October 31, 2012 to re-fuse the left part of my back, they had to add a larger
rod down to L2 and add three bigger screws and more bone fragments.
However, I'm going to be cleared to resume workouts at Project Walk Orlando
soon and I can't wait to get started back on my road to recovery!
I truly appreciate the opportunity that The
Dream2Walk Foundation has given me to help make my dream of walking again
someday come true. I think The Dream2Walk Foundation is a wonderful
organization to help people with Spinal Cord Injuries. I will wake up everyday
fighting to make my life better and work my hardest to gain the strength
to walk again!
- Melissa Young