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In May 2007, I woke up in a dark room that was barely lit by the light of the moon. I couldn’t move nor speak. As I moved my eyes trying to figure out where I was, all I could think of were all of the horror movies I had ever seen.  Is this a nightmare? It feels real. I had no clue where I was or what was going on. I panic until I fall back asleep.

I wake up again. This time there’s sunshine beaming on my face; yet, I still can’t move nor speak. Everything was blurry. I think that’s my mom… and a doctor. Who are these people?
“Lindsey, do you know where you are? Can you tell me what happened?” All I could do was blink. “You have been in a major car accident… brain dead… traumatic… re-position your skull…blood transfusion… miracle… paralyzed…” What?! I heard about every other sentence as I realized I could only hear from one ear.

So, wait… wait… WAIT! I was so confused. I was in a “fatal” car wreck. I was pronounced brain dead by many different medics on many different occasions. My body was only being kept alive while they located my family. After being flown to the nearest trauma hospital, I received quite the run-down of emergency surgeries. I could barely see nor hear. The entire left side of my body was paralyzed. There was a tube down my throat that was keeping my lungs breathing for me.

Brain trauma. Crushed vertebrae. Brain trauma. Won’t function the same. Brain trauma! Neurocognitive amnesia.
Blink once for yes. Blink twice for no.
Damn! I was only 20 years old.

Over the next few months, I “miraculously” made a full recovery, I could barely speak above a whisper. My handwriting looked like the scribbles of a toddler. I went through shock therapy with hopes of walking again.
Left foot. Right foot. Heel. Toe. Repeat.

I went from being at the top of my class to having to read the same sentence multiple times before only half understanding it. I would forget things mid-thought and randomly remember days later.  I couldn’t focus on anything because EVERYTHING was overwhelming and distracting.

I was pretending to be strong and “put together” while juggling a marriage, kids, school, and a business. I was pretending to be happy but really, I was keeping it together day-by-day. I felt guilty because people look up to me, but I wasn’t truly living a life of purpose. Sometimes, I was so overwhelmed that I’d bawl in the middle of the floor, crying out to no one.
Guess what? That was my past, but it’s not my present! It was in that final moment of feeling completely overwhelmed, hopeless, and frustrated that I refused to live another day of “going through the motions”I realized that living in that state did not serve me nor my purpose. What was I teaching my children? How did this affect my marriage? What opportunities was I missing to make a positive impact in my life and the lives of those around me? And people were definitely watching my every move - waiting for me to inspire them more. That’s a lot of pressure that can easily make you feel like you’re drowning.

MEET THE VERTNERS

These days, the dudes & duetted pictured above are what push me to keep living my happiness. My emotions (whether negative or positive) will (in)directly affect their lives, as well! Therefore, I vow to maintain my happiness for the benefit of theirs!
​And I can help you get yours, too!
Meet the Vertners... My leading man, Tyrone, & my two supporting characters, Tyler & Carmen!