Shari's Story "The Near Fatal Auto Accident"Horses have been in my life since childhood. I continued to dream and breathe horses. I rode often and was around many horses including my own. When I was 12 my Dad got me my first horse named "Dutchess". She was a gorgeous black and white Pinto Tobiano and was in need of weight. I kept horses always in my life. When I was in my forties the unimaginable happened! In the year 1994 I was lifted by life star due to a horrific near fatal auto accident. I died and came back thanks to the persistent work of all my doctors, I survived. The accident left me with severe brain bleeding called TBI (Tramatic Brain Injury). I broke nearly every bone in my body, my right foot was severed, I had open tibia fractures, broken ribs on my left side. I also suffered severe fractures of my arms, broke my left shoulder and collar bone.I suffered Horner's Syndrome that made my pupils stay fixed which made my eyes very sensitive to light. My face drooped on the right side, had lacerated my spleen and had internal bleeding along with permanent nerve and brain damage! I was hospitalized for a very long time then transfered to a nursing home. My family was told I would probably never walk or talk again if I lived at all. As time went on after several years the doctors also found I could only sweat on half my body. This makes any excercise difficult as I would become very overheated. Keeping a normal body temperature made life very difficult and does the same to this day. As if that wasn't enough, when I awakened I had no life, in other words severe memory loss from the TBI. When I finally became aware of my surroundings I thought it was 15 years earlier than the present time. I was gone from my real life for a very long time. A friend took me into their home out of the nursing home. With much time and patience I went from a wheelchair, to a walker, and struggled to walk with a cane. It was well over a year before I could attempt walking. My speech returned slowly as I slurred my words and drooled much of the time.My friend knew my passion, love and respect for horses and knew I had them in my life. I was driven to a farm weekly to be around horses. I first started with bonding and grooming the horse. The aroma and scent of the horse was so relaxing. I was so motivated to try to get my life back. I wanted to look the same and be the same. My face was distorted my scars consumed me. I sunk into severe depression. Those horses showed me love and compassion. They never judged me. I could feel them inside my soul. I was driven and encouraged to try and my self worth and self esteem began to return. Everything I knew with regard to my physical attributes about riding began to return to me slowly. The love and the passion returned along with my smile.I began another mission to slowly start looking for a horse for myself. My balance was way off as I had no feeling in my right leg and still do not. I continued almost daily returning to this farm and felt my condition improving. After two years of consistantly riding and working hard at regaining my skills I decided it was time to get a horse of my own. I of course have permanent pins, plates and screws in my foot, my tibia, my shoulder, arm and collarbone area. Too many to mention.I started my search from barn to barn for a year. Finally, I happened upon a huge seal bay horse I named "Pegasus Dreamer". Our eyes met, "I could see into his soul". I knew he could see into mine! I admitted to myself I needed him and he needed me. In the same stable was a an intelligent Appaloosa gelding named Mr. Domino Effect. With much help through equine therapy, yoga and guidence I started back into my equestrian journey that I had held so dear to me in my life prior to the auto accident.A bond formed and before I knew it I was riding and regaining my balance and my strength. My speech improved, however, the damage to my brain was permanent. I suffered from seizures and black outs but the horses KNEW and nuzzled me. I then got a call from a friend about "Doc" the leopard Appaloosa. He was gentle and kind so I took him home also. These horses needed homes I rescued them and they rescued me.I still suffer from Seizures, PTSD, Blackouts, Vertigo and also only sweat on half of my body which is very dangerous. We have all come a long way and "I OWE MY LIFE TO MY HORSES" and the people that helped me along the way!I founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called "Healing With Horses" at WildRose Horse Farm, Inc. and decided to continue rescuing horses that are unwanted, neglected or abused with help from wonderful board members and staff. Helping others in need is through horse therapy is rewarding to all. Please give every little bit helps. This is all a tax write off for all donors. I am not able to work with all the permanent damage and had alot of help writing this. Remember DON'T ever give up on life. Take a deep breath, one hoof beat at a time, live in the moment and think positive. You can accomplish anything with a positive attitude and the help of an equine friend.