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what tragedy you've faced before that has given you a new meaning of life?

Stacey's story really moved me.True indeed when they say there is always a silver lining on a dark cloud.Has anyone face something terrible that it changed their lives? do share with me.rombu nandri !! ( thanks in tamil)

  • May 14 2011: I broke my neck when I was 16.

    I was on my bicycle and hit a pothole going very fast down a hill in the dark. I hit the ground on the top of my head. If I was not wearing a helmet the impact would have killed me instantly. Instead I was paralyzed from the neck down. I broke four of the seven bones in my neck. In total there were over 50 fractures along with extensive ripping of tendons and dislocated vertebrae. After looking at the CAT scan the doctors just shook their head. I believe a direct quote from the head neurosurgeon was "it's like a bag of rocks".

    Over the next six months I endured horrific pain and agony, along with minor but disfiguring scars on my forehead from having to wear a halo brace for 13 weeks, 4 days, 2 hours (I counted). Not to mention that most of my friends abandoned me, I lost my job, and I lost the ability to do all the things I enjoyed.

    But eventually, thanks to some very intelligent doctors and therapists, I pulled myself back up. I gained the use of my body back through physical therapy and now all I have to show for it is a weak right arm- fortunately I'm left-handed ;)- and one heck of a kink in my neck!

    The way I like to describe the experience is through a metaphor. Imagine being thrown to the brink. Imagine something threw you off the beaten path of life and brought you right to the edge of your own destruction. What I did was I stood up, looked over the edge at the void and the nothingness that was about to consume me, and then turned around and made the long, lonely walk back. I never stopped walking. And I never looked back.

    Every single day I live life like I'm going to never going to see another sunrise. Like I'm never going to be able to go running or laugh with a friend. I now learn CONSTANTLY. Before I was just curious; now it consumes me. I spend every day constantly considering everything and coming up with a deep understanding of complex problems. Though I hate the word, my friends and family consider me a genius.
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    May 18 2011: I'm always amazed when I hear people say 'I finally woke up and discovered how to live'. What changed?

    We all got born and we are all on a head on collision with death. Now is the moment. Every day you wake up is a day to LIVE. We shouldn't need a tragedy to show us that life is a great and awesome journey we all got to EXPERIENCE!!.

    When I had my 3rd heart attack someone ask me: 'Do you look at life differently now?' I replied 'Yes; I'm now thankful that I've lived every day of my life with passion and I don't intend to change a thing.'