Yoga Saved My Life!

Lauren Roegele got hit by a drunk driver while crossing the road. Her injuries were devastating: Shattered left leg, collapsed lungs, mild concussion and brain injury, a face that required reconstructive surgery and a ton of dental work. But all this was just the tip of the iceberg as she dealt with severe emotional issues arising from PTSD that left her depressed and suffering from chronic pain and fatigue. Eventually this reached a flashpoint and she decided to end her life by the end of the week. But by a stroke of luck she found herself in a yoga class that week. This class provided her space to get in touch with her feelings and the realization that she really wanted to live. That pivotal moment literally saved her life and put her on the road to recovery. Watch this incredible interview and share it with others.

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I Shouldn’t Have Worn This!

Sierra Sandison Miss Idaho 2014

Sierra Sandison Miss Idaho 2014

At Miss Idaho 2014 I made the decision to wear my pump on stage while competing. That decision took me two long years to make. When I first started competing, I was using injections rather than a pump. I didn’t want people to see a weird-tubey-machine-thing attached to me all the time, and could not wrap my head around having a medical device on my body for the rest of my life.

Then, I heard about Nicole Johnson: Miss America 1999. She wore her pump while competing at Miss America. My whole perspective changed.

The media often tells us this lie: if your appearance deviates in any way from cover girls, movie stars, super models, etc., it is a flaw and something is wrong with you. Well, guess what? Miss America 1999 has an insulin pump, and it doesn’t make her any less beautiful. In fact, in my mind, it enhances her beauty! So, a year after I was diagnosed, I got a pump. It helped me get even better control of my diabetes, and made my life SO much easier. Working up the confidence to compete with it was an entirely different journey, but this summer at Miss Idaho 2014, I finally did it.

As I nervously walked out of the dressing room the first night of competition, the first person I saw said, “What’s that? Is that an insulin pump?”. My stomach flipped upside down. “I shouldn’t have worn this,” I thought, “everyone is going to be confused and wonder what I am wearing”. But, the inquisitor happened to be McCall Salinas, the current Miss Idaho’s Outstanding Preteen. She shared with me that she had diabetes as well, but didn’t want a pump because of similar reasons I had had. Through out the night, she stood backstage cheering me on. We bonded over diabetes and pageants, and by the end of the night, she told her mom she was ready to get a pump. It brought me to tears. The thought that I could be one person’s “Nicole Johnson” meant more to me than I can ever put into words. Now, with the title of Miss Idaho, I have had a million new opportunities to spread the word about diabetes and overcoming obstacles! I am overwhelmed with hearing how many lives have been touched by me simply wearing my pump on stage. It means so much to me, and I hope I can touch many more during my year as Miss Idaho.

Credit: This has been written by Sierra Sandison and has been compiled from her blog post “Defeating Diabetes“.

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Air Florida Flight 90

Arland D. Williams Jr.

Arland D. Williams Jr.

On January 13, 1982, during an extraordinary period of freezing weather, Air Florida Flight 90 took off from nearby Washington National Airport, failed to gain altitude, and crashed into the 14th Street Bridge, where it hit six cars and a truck on the bridge, killing four motorists.

After the devastating crash on the bridge, the plane then continued forward and plunged into the freezing Potomac River. Soon only the tail section which had broken off remained afloat. Only six of the airliner’s 79 occupants (74 passengers and 5 crew members) survived the initial crash and were able to escape the sinking plane in the middle of the ice-choked river.

Amongst the survivors was Arland Dean Williams Jr. He was one of the six who survived the initial crash. An extraordinary scene unfolded as people gathered on a bridge and a nearby bank unable to do anything to help the survivors. Soon a rescue attempt was launched by bystanders using a makeshift rope, but it got nowhere. Eventually hope came in the form of a United States Park Police helicopter. Knowing that time was limited and the survivors were losing strength fast in the freezing water, the helicopter took unprecedented risks. At one point its skids dipped beneath the surface of the water.

Not many realized at that time but a quiet hero was emerging amongst the survivors. Every time the helicopter came around to pick the survivors, Arland quietly helped his fellow survivors get on board. In the words of a clergyman:

His heroism was not rash. Aware that his own strength was fading, he deliberately handed hope to someone else, and he did so repeatedly. On that cold and tragic day, Arland D. Williams Jr. exemplified one of the best attributes of human nature, specifically that some people are capable of doing anything for total strangers.

Eventually Arland’s strength faded and when the tail section sank he went down with it. When the helicopter returned to pick him up, he was gone. The Washington Post described what happened:
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Found My Way Out Of Pain Through Yoga!

Things were not looking good for Laurie, who at 40 was experiencing near constant pain in the back and neck. An orthopedic surgeon suggested that she try yoga and this eventually led to a total transformation of her life. And now she is helping others find a similar healing through yoga.

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Never Say Can’t

The story of Jennifer Bricker is not only inspiring it is incredible. In her story we find a tiny girl reuniting with her sister in extraordinary circumstances. But what is most inspiring is the story of a young girl who achieves her dreams overcoming all obstacles.

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