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Some life circumstances are not meant to be understood, the call is just to keep moving forward one step at a time. That’s called faith.

My name is Terri. I wrote this on my Facebook page a few days before my neck was broken in August 2013. When I woke up from my fall, I tried to move and immediately knew that I was paralyzed. My body was tingling all over. I had no movement or feeling from just below my shoulders down. I was living by myself at the time so I laid on the kitchen floor for almost 2 days. I heard my phone ringing but I couldn’t answer it. I was in and out of consciousness during that time. When I was awake, I spent time praying and reciting Scriptures. Please don’t think I’m some spiritual giant. I was terrified and this is all I knew to do.

It was such a short distance that I fell—from standing at the refrigerator to the floor. I probably bashed the back my neck on the stove handle in between. I didn’t trip. No one pushed me. There was no alcohol involved. I simply got dizzy and down I went.

This blog is about my journey as a quadriplegic. If you disagree with my beliefs, that’s okay with me. This is my truth. My story. My spiritual race to run. And this race has been marked out for me by God, and it has a great reward. For that reason, I can praise God.

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  1. Your blog entries are very powerful, very honest. Thank you for sharing. May your words be a blessing to others. May God keep you encouraged!

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    • Thank you for stopping by! I also enjoyed your blog. I will be a faithful reader!

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      • Dear Lord I feel your pain and hard fought mental/spiritual revelations and victories! I’m one of the few who can truly say “I have been there,,I spent 3 months in a hospital completely paralyzed below the belt,,L2 complete break.”. I hear you wondering about the reason for your injury. From an outside observer perspective,,,and possibly ,,if we get along,,with the help and support from a fellow quad. turn your diary into the backdrop and spine of a novel thats if part fiction and part designed lessons through possibly mystery,,action,,what ever we might decide?? Possible?

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    • Christine Millikan

      Hi Terri, thank you for sharing your faith. My brother was in a terrible diving accident and is now a quadriplegic and on a ventilator. He has received a lot of support and has met a new family of friends through an organization called Triumph. If you live in Southern California, look them up. I have seen how beneficial it is for my brother to be surrounded by friends with similar experiences.

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      • Hi Christine! Thank you for reading my blog. I am actually in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – very far away from Southern Cal. However, I can’t wait to look up try out on the web to see what they’re doing. Maybe it will inspire me to do something similar here! Thank you!

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  2. I am honored that you have chosen to follow Virtual Vitamins. when I responded to your comment on a post of mine I had no idea of your circumstances. May our Lord pour His all-sufficient grace out upon you. I do pray for physical healing, and I see that spiritual blessing has already occurred. May you be filled with the peace that surpasses human understanding. (Philippians 4:4-7)

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  3. Terri, I appreciate your choosing to follow my blog – Encouraging Words. I pray that I may be an encouragement to you. The Lord is good.

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  4. I read everything. And I loved it….it was so helpful to me to see the connection of the scripture to the daily life event and emotion.

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  5. Great idea Terri! You can be an advocate for SCI by educating others as to the complications of being paralyzed.

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  6. Terri, you are an inspiration to all of us. May God hold you in a place of peace as He reveals His great plans for you. Thank you for following my blog, Draw Closer To Him. I promise to hold you in prayer and can’t wait to see what God has for you! Stefanie Lynn

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  7. Terri, the world is your platform and you are empowered with truth… to share!

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  8. Thanks Terri for an inspiring and well written blog.

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  9. Terri – Thank you for liking one of my posts. I have been delighted to find your page and your story! i would love to include your story in my book i am finishing. would you email me so we can chat more about it? (if there’s a way to message within wordpress, i haven’t found it yet, sorry for my newness! haha)
    rdpenny@gmail.com

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  10. Thanks for following my blog. Keep sharing your journey & inspiring those who read it

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  11. What an incredible inspiration you are! Thank you for your beautiful post and for sharing so openly and honestly you journey of faith. God Bless!

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  12. Dear Terri,

    My name is Ashlee. I’m co-founder of the Youshare Project, with the mission to connect people around the world through true, personal stories. I recently stumbled across your blog and read through your 2015 archives. You write beautifully and from the heart, and your story and your faith are incredibly compelling.

    I’m wondering if you would consider submitting a story about your life to youshare – about your injury and how it has changed you physically, mentally, and spiritually. If this sounds interesting to you, I would love to email you directly with more information/ideas and formally invite you to share your story with the project.

    Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Best,
    Ashlee
    http://www.youshareproject.com
    ashlee@youshareproject.com

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  13. Terri,

    Thank you so much for following “A Way with Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written and even more as they respond.

    I write mainly about my faith story as a Christian battling bipolar disorder for almost 30 years.

    You have a powerful testimony to share, Terri. I look forward to reading more of your work. May God bless you as you are a blessing to others.

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  14. Thanks for connecting Terri. May God richly bless you and yours in the days to follow.- Bryan

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  15. A beautiful blog, a beautiful woman, a beautiful message. Thank for stopping by the noontimes so that we might meet. A friend of mine fell in her bathroom one morning about a year ago and she is now unable to move her body below her shoulders. She and you are true gifts to world. I will visit you often. Take care. Christ’s peace to you.

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  16. Well, here I am impressed as anything. Not only are you living, but excelling. I know I’m going to find a lot of Christian insight from you. There’s no other way you could be out here, spreading the Word and making connections! Absolutely am going to follow!

    I currently read a post by a young lady who is recovered from anorexia. She too has fought hard battles. I think you might enjoy it, because it’s more about faith in God an encouraging people in their own battles than just having anorexia. She’s BeautyBeyondBones here on WordPress. Here’s a link to my article about her website: https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/beauty-and-the-ed-beast/

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    • Hi Jeff – thank you for responding. I also very much enjoyed reading your blog. Believe it or not, I am already subscribed to Beauty Beyond Bones on WordPress! She has a lot of good things to say and I plan to keep reading her posts. I look forward to hearing more good stuff from your blog. Happy Saturday!

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  17. I just wanted to check in and see if you got my email and if either of those files work for you. Have a great Sunday!

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  18. Glad to join in your journey–if only in spirit–Terri.

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  19. Thank you for your inspirational diary. My mom fell in January, 2016 and it has been quite a journey for her and the entire family. I have wanting to write about it to assist others. Thank you for stepping up to the plate. I sooo look forward to hearing more from you.

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  20. Hey Terri!

    I hope this finds you doing well.

    I see you have been a follower of “A Way With Words.” Great! Thank you.

    We have now transformed into, “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org). I hope you will join us there. On the left sidebar, there is a box (below “Get More Delight”) for subscriptions so you can get the most of our mission.

    Take care & God bless,
    Tony

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