9 years ago, almost to the minute, I was laying in a ditch wondering how badly I was hurt. Today, I am sitting here feeling thankful I wasn’t hurt any worse.

9 years ago I was being rushed off in an ambulance not knowing what lay ahead. Today, I can look back and know exactly how far I have come.

9 years ago I was heading off for a ski trip with friends. Today, most of those friends have gone their separate ways and are no longer in our lives.

9 years ago it felt like I’d lost so much of myself and my life. Today, I feel like I’ve found so many more things than I’ve lost.

9 years ago it seemed like I would always be in pain. Today, I still have pain but am thankful it doesn’t control my life.

9 years ago my boyfriend and I had been dating for 4 years. Today, he is my husband of 8 years.

9 years ago it was just the two of us and our kitty named Hope. Today, we have two wonderful little boys and I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

9 years ago I thought I knew who I was. Today, I know I was wrong because it’s the last 9 years that have made me into the person I’m supposed to be.

9 years ago they told me I wouldn’t be able to run because of pain. Today, I’m an ultra marathoner and thankful for every step that got me here.

9 years ago I was the weakest I have ever been. Today, I am stronger than I ever thought possible.

For those of you who are new to me and this blog, you can read about what happened here. It’s been a long 9 years since that day but as each year passes I am thankful that for everything I lost in my life and of myself, I have found new things, new friends, new dreams, new life, new happiness. It is truly amazing just how bright life can get after your darkest moments.

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  1. Jen Mullaly    

    You are such a strong and inspirational woman Nikki! I feel so fortunate to have you in my life. Looking forward to many more races and trail runs together! Great post :)

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Jen, that means so much. I have met so incredible people through running, I’m so glad you are one of them!

  2. Karin Femi    

    Wow, such a beautiful post. I went through similar worries as a teen after getting hit by a car, then dealing with chronic knee pain that no doctor seemed to understand. Reading of your even more difficult journey through recovery and into running all the great things that came out of it is so inspiring. I also love your very positively wise attitude.

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Karin. I find it so amazing that in sharing my story so many others have told me about their stories. We all face hard things in our lives and sometimes you don’t know that the person next to you has been through something similar. Serious injuries always haunt you and it help to know that others understand.

  3. Jennifer Closs    

    Amazing Nikki! Thank you for sharing and being so open about your experience, you are such an inspiration!

  4. Megan @ Meg Go Run    

    Thank you for the inspiration. :) I needed that today. :)

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks a lot Megan. It means so much to hear when someone gets something from a post…

  5. Chaminda    

    I believe word “resilience” is not appropriate to the situation. You have gone above and beyond the meaning of the word resilience in less than 9 short years. Congratulations!!!

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Resilience. I like that. Thanks!

  6. Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff    

    I’m so inspired by what you’ve accomplished! Keep it up!

  7. Leigh    

    You are an amazing and inspirational woman Nikki :)

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thank you so much Leigh…

  8. Sherry    

    Its wonderful to celebrate how much you’ve achieved after your accident and your attitude is inspirational. I have to admit the sight of all those medals after being told you wouldn’t be able to run brought a tear to my eye! Go you!

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Aww Sherry, thanks so much. When I did that photo shoot I picked out some of the most meaningful to me and I kind of get teary when I see them too. It means a lot to hear that it brought some emotion to other people as well. Thanks.

  9. Krista @ Read. Bake. Run. Repeat.    

    You are one of the strongest people I know. Love you. Hugs.

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Krista! That means so much since I always thought of myself as such a wimp my whole life. Guess you just never know what’s in you until you need to draw on it!

  10. Courteney O    

    You are an amazingly strong individual. Thank you for including the links to your story in the above post so that I could learn of your story.

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Courtney. I get asked about it so much, I thought it might be easiest to just lay it all out there on my blog. Thanks for reading through!

  11. kris.    

    So amazing… you rock!

  12. Abby    

    I love how you look at the positive!

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Abby, sometimes that all you really can do! Hurts to look back too much, you know?

  13. Melanie Rowley    

    What a moving post. Stars can’t shine without darkness. You are a true shining star. I have so much admiration for you and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next : )

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Thanks Melanie, I love that saying! It’s perfect and very, very true.

  14. Kelly    

    An amazing post. So simply written and so powerful. Your story is a huge inspiration to me Nikki. To see what you had to overcome to become a runner is incredible…all i had to was decide to get off the couch. You truly do rock!

    1. Nikki Scott    

      Car accident, couch, we each have something that could prevent us from doing what we want to. The main thing is we found ways to overcome them, no matter how big or small. Thanks so much for the comment.

  15. Toronto Girl West    

    A huge congratulations to you!!! What you have accomplished is amazing!

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