It Was 36 Years Ago…and I Made It Through

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On June 15, 1979 I was in a car accident…..and I made it through. Just a remember to myself how important rehabilitation following an injury really is. And a shout out to you my readers to realize rehabilitation is so important for so many people for so many reasons. Thank all rehabilitation counselors!

Read more about it (my accident) here How did I Get into Rehab Counseling? Here’s a Little Story  posted November 21, 2011.

What makes my story even more special to me is that I “ran” into the woman who saved my life last Saturday (June 6, 2015) at the Iowa Falls Boat Club for a memorial service. I was sitting across from her at a banquet table with my sister Janice and two other people. After chatting with the two, I asked the woman directly across the table what her name was. (Silly me.) She knew who I was and after it dawned on me (because my sister told me) I just stopped, thanked God, thanked her, and asked her if I could give her a hug! Which I did.

2015-06-06 14.34.18Thank You Teri

Upon considering all that happened that day, I was 15 and Teri was 17 or 18, and she literally saved my life!  Teri came upon the scene that night, called 911 and  stayed with me until the ambulance arrived, even riding in the ambulance until we arrived at the hospital in town. She didn’t leave me until I was transported to another hospital out of town (Mason City). From what I hear the medical staff and others involved thought she was a nurse!

Green Gran TorinoI used to despise Gran Torinos, especially green ones, until Randy pointed out the bulk of the front end of the vehicle was another huge part in saving my life.

While at the Boat Club (interesting history of the place), before the lovely boat ride on the Scenic City Empress, I took a picture of a picture. Here’s Arthur skiing many moons ago.

Arthur Skiing
Arthur Skiing

Here’s a chair made of old skis. Pretty cool, huh! 2015-06-06 17.37.14

 

 

Here’s the waterfall on the Iowa River, (shh, it’s man made)! Janice is the blonde with her hand over her face.

2015-06-06 Waterfall Iowa River

Life really brings surprises, talent and beauty. Live it to it’s fullest and you won’t be disappointed. Each and every day is a new beginning. I know what it’s like to almost lose your life.

Use What You Got! If you click here you’ll read a 2011 article about me from the Des Moines Register (and see another picture of the Iowa River.)

So, in closing of this blog, I stray from my loving attitude and will end this post as such:

Rock Island Flip Off

You can find this train car in Hampton, Iowa and flip it off if you’d like…for me!

The lawsuit against Rock Island Railroad was a failure. Maybe we chose the wrong attorney, perhaps the timing was bad as the railroad went bankrupt, perhaps we should’ve settled, or perhaps the jury simply wasn’t given or didn’t understand all the information. There were no cross bucks….the train had parked for the night until the conductor or whoever realized the few box cars (no caboose) were covering the tracks. You see that why the train moved, dragging that green car with me (my head that is) implanted on one of the bolts of the box car….

Let me know how I can help with your cases.  It’s also slightly ironic to me that in the earlier years of my career, I worked on many workers’ compensation railroad cases. I learn a lot and will do all I can to help you represent your client.

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

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