June, being National Traumatic Brain Injury Month. I feel it is now my time to tell my story. On September 5th, 2000 I was a police officer and in a car accident which left me in a coma for 13 days. I suffered a severe closed head Traumatic Brain Injury. According to my family, the doctors did not believe I would ever come out of the coma. My first moments after coming out of the Coma, I wanted to pray. Born and raised as a Catholic, I was and still am a spiritual person and always felt a close connection with God, but while I was in the Coma, I beleive I was with our Lord. My first real memory of being out of the Coma, I was holding my priests, Father Robert Bothof's hand and was in the middle of the Lord's Prayer. If there is any modern day miracles, I feel that moment of awakening during prayer was a miracle. From that moment to now, most can not believe I was ever in a Coma. I do have non visible side effects from my injury, but I have been able to further my education and after 09/11 I worked towards making out country safer. I am human and have made mistakes since coming out of my Coma, but I try to live every moment of every day of my life and treating people with all the love and respect God has given me.
I feel it is important for me to tell the world my story. As a civilization we have moved farther and farther away from God. We need to move back to the Lord and treat each other with all the love and respect we would want our children to have. We are all God's children, regardless of our differences, he loves us all the same.
I am keeping my story short because I want it read. I could go on and on about what I saw, what I have done and the things I believe. My story is not about me, My story is about God. My story is about Peace. My Story is about Love. My story is about our Salvation. My story is miracles still happen. As the lyrics of my favorite Christian Hymn states, "Let There be peace on Earth and Let it begin with me!!!!"