You know how you sometimes have one of those days (maybe even today!) when everything just goes wrong and you just want to give up and crawl back into bed? Well, if you’re ever feeling really sorry for yourself, come back to this post and re-read the story of this amazing woman from Waco: I dare you to feel bad about your spilled coffee after reading all that she’s overcome.
In 2012, Liz Mitchell fell 16 feet off her balcony in Waco, TX; when she awoke from her medically-induced coma five days later, she was told she was quadriplegic (meaning she would not have the use of any body parts below her neck.)
Despite the devastating news, Liz and her then-boyfriend (now husband) Bryan stayed positive. Eventually, Liz recovered enough to be moved to the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation where, through miraculously therapy and extremely hard work, she progressed from being able to just barely wiggle her toes to walking on a treadmill until, finally, she could walk on her own!
Although Liz says she still cannot feel pain or temperature changes below her neck, she is miraculous expecting her first child, a little girl who they plan to name Dorothy Marie and has even been able to feel the baby kick!
After reading such an incredible story of triumph, I was reminded of how we can’t take anything for granted—not even our ability to walk. As a podiatrist in Houston, I urge you to protect your feet and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider at the first sign of foot pain.
And please, let the small stuff go—who cares if the line at Starbucks was extra long today?! You can walk away from it if you want, and that is a beautiful thing!