Some of you might remember a particulalry nasty Sunday last September 15th. One sport bike rider was killed in the early hours of that morning. Later that day, another sportbike rider collided with a cruiser on the Sea to Sky highway. Just north of Pemberton, a rider on a BMW was killed. Also that day, a rider with a lady passenger had a serious crash just before Brittania beach, and the young lady lost her left leg. (some of these facts might not be 100% accurate, so correct me if I'm wrong)
I guess you might be wondering why I'm re-opening old wounds with this thread.... well, I thought some of you would be interested in an update on that young lady - "Jenny".
Initially, Julia from the Swan was the first person to try and track down Jenny to see if there was something she could do. A few months later, about 50 riders crammed into the care facility she was staying to wish her a happy birthday. I'm sure many here will remember that.
During the past year, I have kept in contact with her, phoning once every week or two, and meeting for coffee once in a while. I've seen her go from a wheelchair, to crutches, and finally walking again. Recently, I was amazed at the grace with which she can walk, since she barely has a limp. She mentioned that she worked very hard to try and walk as normally as possible, and I can see her efforts have certainly paid off.
Last night I phoned her, and she mentioned to me that it was the anniversary of her accident. She initially planned to go out with a friend, but her friend couldn't make it, so I went over to her place for a visit. She talked about the new leg she received a week ago, and all the trips she had been making to get it fitted etc. I was amazed at how openly she talked about her new leg, and her eagerness to show me some it's functions. She also talked about the other amputee people she has met over the past year, and how some of them don't mind walking around in the summer with shorts on. She admired those people, since she is still a bit shy about doing the same.
She is already planning her future, and is attending college to get her English certification. I feel she is optimistic about the new challenges ahead, and her new life in Canada.
On a final note, I've often had nightmares about something similar happening to me. I often thought I would rather be killed than suffer a similar injury, but since I've met Jenny, I've realized that was the just cowards way out. She has faced this catastrophe and beaten it. Life does not end when something like that happens, it changes, and you have to adapt to it or it will crush you. I only hope I could have the courage to do the same if it were me.