In August of ‘09 right before beginning college I was in an accident which eventually led to surgery (anterior cervical discectomy C5-C6) on June 15th 2011.
Although there was extensive damage to my neck which was repaired by the surgery, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND AVOIDING THE SURGERY—if possible. Repairing and reinforcing the injured disc with metal plates actually puts the rest of your vertebrae at risk for damage from other injuries, which is exactly what happened to me.
In July of 2012, I was in a second car accident (also, neither of these accidents were my fault) that resulted in the herniation of my C6-C7 disc, as well as bulges above and below my surgery.
I am currently undergoing physical therapy, TMJ treatment (also a new injury), deal with headaches on a day-to-day basis and severe, unrelenting muscle spasms in my shoulders, scapula, and neck. I also have serious muscular degeneration and winging in my thoracic region.
Over the course of 3 years, I have undergone surgery, traction, stretching, strengthening, injections (Botox and Cortisone), PT, ESTEM, ETPS, ultrasound, massage, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. I smoke weed to relieve chronic pain and also for pleasure, relaxation, and relief. I also take numerous medications.
I do not share these things because I am asking for pity, I share because during the course of my struggling, I have had very few people who truly know the extent of the agony I have undergone. And during those times of agony, what I wish for more than anything is understanding. Someone who knows what it’s like to have been through difficult shit and came out on the other side intact, or at least for the most part. Anyways, for anyone reading this who has been or is going through awful things—I understand, and I am soldiering through this journey right beside you. Do not hesitate to reach out and talk to me. I am shy at initiating conversation, but I love people, and I would love to talk and provide support or whatever else I can offer.
Despite my hardships, I love my life; my friends, family, and my boyfriend. I am passionate individual who is dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge and a fighter for the preservation of the future of education. I believe in free thinking, freedom of creativity, peace, and unity. I am a ridiculous romantic and a lover of the written word. If you like literature, I like you.
Famous people I love: Emma Watson; Johnny Depp; J K Rowling; Rupert Grint; Robert Downey Jr.; Chris Hemsworth; Olivia Wilde; Daniel Radcliffe; Robert Sheehan; Iwan Rheon; Evanna Lynch; Hugh Laurie; Alan Rickman; Gary Oldman; Liam Neeson; Leonardo DiCaprio; Jennifer Lawrence; Woody Harrelson; Heath Ledger (</3); Edward Norton; Kate Winslet;
Books/Literature: Harry Potter 1-7 (Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite!); The Hunger Games trilogy-Suzanne Collins; A Million Little Pieces- James Frey; The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien; The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot; The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (also Eliot); Poetry by Emily Dickinson; The Watchmen by Alan Moore; Night by Elie Wiesel; Anything by Sarah Dessen; Poetry of Sylvia Plath; Fruits Basket (Manga); Absolute Boyfriend (Manga); Nineteen Minutes- Jodi Picoult; Poetry of Robert Frost; Looking for Alaska-John Green; A Fault in Our Stars-John Green; The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky; Poetry of E.E. Cummings;
Favorite Movies/TV: Pirates of the Caribbean 1 & 3; Harry Potter series; Titanic; The Avengers, V for Vendetta; Fight Club; Lord of the Rings series; Misfits; House MD; Tron: Legacy; That 70’s Show; October Sky; A-Team; She’s the Man; Pineapple Express; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Shutter Island; Blood Diamond; Remember Me; The Watchmen; The Breakfast Club; Lords of Dogtown; Zombieland; Ironman 1&3;