Celebrating 15 years

Few people can say that they were given a second chance at life.

A decision to remove my seatbelt in the front passenger seat of the car while it was still moving, climb over into the back to tend to my baby was most likely the reason I was left a C4 quadriplegic after an accident a few seconds later. For a while, I was attached to a ventilator, unable to even breathe on my own.

April is my anniversary month. It’s been 15 years. I can hardly believe it.

If it were a marriage I’d be getting a gift of crystal, glass or a watch.

Instead, life itself is my gift – every day. That is reason enough to celebrate.

Although the daily challenges, physical and psychological, are many and living life paralysed from the neck down is tough, it’s not impossible.

It’s been so worth it. I’m grateful to have shared 15 more years on this earth with all the people that I love, especially my son.

Besides being surrounded by my incomparable parents, family and friends, I have the love, care and support of my community, many of whom I have never even met.

The year has already been good to me so I have much to be thankful for.

I’ve had some great speaking engagements. I got a brand-new, oh-so-sexy wheelchair – a real luxury ride.  My  Sexy Legs is spending a lot more time here. 

What more could one ask for?

The public tend to put me up on a pedestal, often labelling me an inspiration, when all I do is sit dead still, give orders and smile whilst behind-the-scenes there are an army of people who work tirelessly to tend to my every need.

They are the true heroes of this story.

An African proverb says, “It takes a whole village to raise a child”.

That may be so.

But, it takes an entire community of Earth Angels to enable a quadriplegic to live a full, meaningful life.

I thank God for each and every one who touches my life.

And to you, my blog readers, even though I don’t write very regularly anymore, never underestimate the power of the difference that you make.

With gratitude and love,


About Tracy Todd (Brave Lotus Flower)

Author of Brave Lotus Flower Rides the Dragon – an intimate and inspiring memoir of a quadriplegic. Inspirational Speaker. Teacher. Counsellor. Wife. Mother. Animal lover. Although I need a wheelchair to get around, it is most certainly not what defines me.
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31 Responses to Celebrating 15 years

  1. Wordwatch says:

    Wonderful to be reading a post from you again, Tracy. Are you still working on your book?x

  2. Moonyeen Price says:

    Thanks”mate”nice to to hear from you again. Also great to get a little from your uplifting attitude in my life all the way in Aus. God Bless!

  3. r00tb33r says:

    Thank you for those wonderful words…. Know you truly LIFT me up and are an inspiration not only to me but many others!!!

  4. Dolores says:

    Really beautiful Tracy darling. You are always in our thoughts and we don’t get much time to do emails . I look after Gregs baby, Cameron, just 9 months now and I have to travel long distance. 110km return each time.!! He is gorgeous tho so I don’t mind. Love you heaps darling and am so happy you have such a wonderful son. Lotsaluv, Aunty D.xxxxx

    Sent from my iPad

  5. Rolf says:

    Tracy, I admire your positity and love your wit, and I always find it refreshing to read your blogs. I’m glad for you that there are so many people out there who enable you to live life to the fullest despite your challenges, and that you can celebrate the “gift of life” rather than focusing on the negatives. Happy anniversary, and I’m hoping to read many more of your blogs!

  6. Sharon P. says:

    Tracy, I am always thrilled to read a post of yours. You always remind me of what is important. Fortunately, I too have learned to appreciate the gift of life – difficult challenges and all. Also,I am glad to hear that things are still going strong with you and Sexy Legs. Peace.

    • Tracy Todd says:

      Thank you, Sharon. We all have challenges to face at some stage in our lives – not if, when they happen one should hopefully learn gratitude and appreciate the gift of life.

      Yes, Sexy Legs is still very much in my life. 😉

  7. Danette says:

    Tracy, all the people who help you are so inspired by you! I have missed your beautiful words of courage. Your happiness and joy is contagious.

  8. Carl Muller says:

    Tracy, if you know what you do to us… you will never die…

    With much love…

  9. NoidSirNoid says:

    Your positivity is inspiring

  10. Elmarie Potgieter says:

    Dear Tracy

    Thank you once again for keeping my feet on the ground, and to appreciate every precious moment in this world. I wish you and everyone in your life the very best and to be BLESSED.

    Kind Regards

    Elmarie S Potgieter

    Cell; +27836007037

    Fax; 086 585 5944

    email; elmarie.p@mweb.co.za

  11. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Good company AND new wheels? I’m so happy for you. I would kiss you if I were there. Love, love, love, from across the world.

  12. Diane Headland says:

    Always lovely to read your oh so positive blogs, Tracy. Sending you much love. xxx

  13. Bill Watson says:

    I am so glad to see you back with another blog. I know it takes you an incredible amount of time to just get one sentence into the computer if it is not cooperating or a fly has sneaked into the house and has landed on your nose. You are loved by many. Thank you.

  14. Deidre says:

    Well …. You truly ARE an inspiration. I had an encounter with your parents, a while before I met you. They gave me a Tracy Todd business card with the slogan “Why walk, when you can fly” i was inspired by you already! And they were very obvious in their pride (and I might add, still are) nothing wrong with that. You inspire by your outlook, by your patience with yourself and others, by your refusal to give in to your difficulties, by your love, by your humility, by your pride, and by just being you! For all that you have had to overcome, I thank you! For that too, is truly an inspiration! And such a lesson to those of us who are plodding along, blissfully unaware of the challenges faced by a wonderful, positive woman. A big up to you, Tracy! Sent with much respect, admiration and love – Deidre (Lloyd’s mom 🙂 )

  15. maletatsi says:

    Tracy, at the time of your accident I’ve been in Nelspruit. I salute you Girl !!
    You have touched so many hearts with your courage.
    May God provide you the necessary strength for the rest of your life, and yes as Anton says, many more anniversaries !

  16. Anton Fourie says:

    I really hope there are many more “anniversaries”.

    I am happy that there are so many positives in your life!

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