On this day April 29, 2006 my life was forever changed. I never knew how precious life was until I was perfectly fine one day and in a blink of an eye I was laying in a hospital bed unable to walk, talk, eat, move and fighting for my life. For four years unbeknownst to my loved ones I was trapped in a vegetative state literally "locked in" my own body. Constantly hearing doctors tell my family that it was highly unlikely that I would survive and if I did survive I'd be a vegetable the rest of my life. • But, guess what.....I had other plans, I wanted to LIVE. It wasn't easy but through a lot of hard work, hope, faith and incredible support from my family and friends. Little by little I came back to life and not only survived but thrived. To this day doctors are baffled and tell me "It doesn't make sense you shouldn't be here, people don't come back from where you were". I know I'm one of the lucky ones and I know I've been given back my life for a reason. Not many people get a second chance to live so I'm definitely making it count. • Looking back it's hard to believe that it's been 11 years and even harder to believe that I only "woke up" 7 years ago. And I learned to walk a year ago. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and other times it feels like a lifetime ago. • I would not choose this journey but I would not change this journey. I never imagined my life would be where it is today and I'd become the person that I have become. • All those years laying in the hospital uncertain if I'd make it another day I never In a million years imagined any of this. Blessed Beyond words truly is an understatement. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and loved me throughout all of this. I couldn't do it without you. • So, today on my 11 Year Life Day I choose to celebrate all that has happened and rejoice in the beauty of each trial and tribulation. And if you're going through something keep going, keep fighting....the pain is worth it. Trust me. 11 years later I truly know there is a reason...... I LIVED. 🙏🏼
Congratulations to First Captain Simone Askew for being selected as a 2018 Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the . territories. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors.