On July 30, 2007 at 3:57 pm my life was changed. I was working in the newly formed Behavioral Health Unit Of Special People in Northeast (SPIN) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I worked in a house where there were three men who suffered from developmental disabilities as well as mental health issues. One of them had become very aggressive over a span of about three months.
Three minutes before I was supposed to clock out for the day I was grabbed and punched in the head and the back. My limbs were tangled in his limbs so my coworkers had to yank us apart. It all happened so quickly I really did not know what happened at first. Those few minutes have left me with two herniated discs in my neck, a separated shoulder that did not heal properly, muscle spams, PTSD, depression and anxiety.
7 1/2 years later I am still dealing with spasms, nerve pain and serious side effects from the medication I have to take. My injuries have made it difficult for me to finish my graduate program and hold a job for more than a month or so. Now I am at a place in my life where I am reinventing myself.
I have become a freelance writer. I have created my own company named Writer Blocks. I choreograph praise dances for my church. I am on the hospitality team and I help with the clothing ministry. I am also getting married next August. The most important thing I have learned is that although my life did not turn out the way I thought it would I can still be a happy and successful person. My injury did not ruin my life it just rearranged it. I want other people in similar situations to know that they can overcome the pain and live a fulfilling life.