Growing up in Colombia, my life was pretty ordinary. However, my life took a dramatic change when I was involved in an auto accident that forever changed my life. I was invited to go on a trip to another city. I was only 16 years old at the time. My mother did not want me to go on the trip, as she sensed that something bad was going to happen to me. She reluctantly allow me to go on the trip, but only if my older sister came along as my chaperon.
We were running late and planned to make up the time on the road; then, it started raining hard. I was in the passenger’s seat and my sister was sitting behind me in the back seat of the car. We came to a corner of the road when the driver, suddenly, lost control of the car. At the time, I was turned to the back speaking to my sister. In a second, we skidded off the road and hit head on a gate post. I immediately loss consciousness and do not remember anything else from this point. My sister told me that she picked me up and had to hale a passing car in order to take me to the hospital, while I was still on conscious. I suffered several large cuts and lacerations to my face and trauma to the cornea in my left eye that resulted in the loss of vision and I loss the ability to fully close the eye lid. In addition, several pieces of glass where impregnated under the skin of my face that required to be removed.
After my accident, I suffered continually. I felt that I looked like I had suffered burns to my face because of the all the large scars left on my face. Emotionally, I could not stop crying because of what had happen to my face. My scars were so visible that people would not stop looking at me. Sometimes, people were so bold that they asked me if my face had caught fire. For many years, I lived with people pointing and staring at my face. I tried to convince myself that it did not bother me; although, it never stop bothering me. Especially, since I had lost vision in my left eye; this eye did not follow the right eye and became deviated. In addition, I developed double vision because of the trauma on my left eye that affected my vision on my right eye. I would use an eye patch that blocked the double vision of my left eye. My left eye needed constant lubrication or it could get infected, since the eye lid did not close all the way.
Yet, I was so happy to be alive. I became more appreciative of everything around me and everything that I did. I tried to do research on healing of scars. However, it was very difficult for me to read because of the double vision. Slowly, I learned to concentrate on the good vision in my right eye, and ignore the vision on my left eye. This became the turning point in my life having a newly found ability to read again. I began to do research about the natural healing of scars and how a natural diet affected the body’s healing abilities. As a result, I became a vegetarian, since I felt that eating a healthy diet would help my body in the healing process of my scars. Eventually, my scares began to fade and I became more functional, even being able to drive a car for the first time.
Still emotionally, I was still not well. For many years I was alone as my sisters were married and then had their families. Finally, I met the right person that would see me for myself, instead of my scars and deviated eye. We decided to start a family. However, my body was not ready. After years of not able to conceive, finally I became pregnant. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage. I suffered & cried a lot, and even asked myself why my life was was so challenging when others did not have so many challenges. However, I realized that this was just another challenge in my life that I had to overcome. I started again to do research on ways to have a full term pregnancy. Again, I turned to nutrition and eating even more healthy. I converted to a raw food vegan diet and began eating lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and alga. I learned that it was very important to detox my body first; I started doing fasting, and enemas colonics. I developed a passion for eating natural foods in their natural state. It was like I made a new connection with the universe that inspired a state of change, both physical and spiritual. Finally, I became pregnant again. This time, I was able to have a full term pregnancy, and I am proud to say that I have a beautiful healthy boy, who is now 4 years old.
I believe that there is connection between eating healthy and the prevention & cure of many physical ailments. I am living proof that with a healthy diet and some work, physical challenges can be overcome. But, through perseverance and determination one can overcome these challenges.
Tragedy & Perseverance