A month ago I was approached by a lovely lady named Lisa Welsh if I would be interested in being featured on her website page. I was asked to either do a selfie style video sharing my story or something important to me or any message and format that might be comfortable for me, so I chose a write up story.
Every Friday, Lisa use her website as a space for female expression. Through photography, sculpture, video, writing, dance, song… you name it.
This is what Lisa came up with from one of the stories I have published on my LinkedIn account. “Neli was the victim of a horrific car accident, which claimed a close friend and left her fighting for her life. While she has recovered and is enjoying life once again, Neli has been left with scars, both physical and mental.
Miraculously, she has overcome her injuries and is recovering from the tragedy of that day. She found strength in faith and the people around her.
Today, you could almost forget that Neli has experienced such trauma. She is vivacious, colourful and full of light. She inspires many by sharing her story with the world through social media and her blog.
Neli intends to share the full story in a book (The Miracle Patient) and she has recently caught the attention of London based, Barcroft Media, who will be flying to South Africa to interview her soon.
Here is Neli’s Story
“In August 2016, I was involved in a tragic car accident which led to me losing a great friend and left me fighting for my life in an intensive high care unit for a two-month hospital stay.
My life has taken a drastic 360-degree change ever since that fateful night.
Mentally, spiritually, and physically I have a different outlook on life, people, and the world itself.
I have grown to understand that God exists and is alive and that is a non-negotiable because of my personal experience with him.
That I made it through the tragedy still shocks a lot of people. That I am alive, that I can walk and that I still smile through it all. Doctors rejoice every time they see me and some break into tears of joy.
Is my life ever going to be the same again? NOPE.
Should I pity myself for it? HELL NO!
We live most of our lives unaware that it’s the little things that are more important. How much of a big deal it is to have both your little toes working just perfect. It isn’t until a tragedy occurs that our eyes are opened to real big things. I would hear my granny complaining about her back pains and think to myself, “she’s just lazing” or “spoiling herself” but in all honesty, you do not mess around with your back.
Losing A Friend
Losing a friend was not easy. I still struggle to believe that he is gone. Not to mention the anger I have for negligence from the authorities. Sometimes, I wonder how things would have turned out for him if maybe, just maybe they paid a little bit more attention.
It was when I was told about his loss, that I began to take the incident very seriously. I felt really angry and I blamed so many people. I asked myself:
“Why me, I have been very acceptive of so many things in life and now this, I hate my body, it disgusts me.”
The Lessons In Pain
The physical pain was overwhelming. But the mental pain was terrifying.
- I had a colostomy bag for 10 months
- There is constant severe pain in my back
- I was afraid to be alone because I hated myself and was scared I might even end my life
God reminded me something. “To be able to get your attention, some things in your life had to go wrong and some things had to change forever, but for the better.”
God has fixed my life in a way that no one else could.
I’ve started valuing life more. I taught myself to be gentle with myself and to accept my body transformation.
God has been tremendous in my life. He keeps exceeding my expectations and most importantly, he keeps exciting me.
You know why? Because he knows that he created a happy, bubbly and influential person and he will do anything to keep my face happy. 🙂
As a woman of prayer, I decided to fast for 5 full days. I told God my story and asked him to lead me where his spirit wanted me to be.
I have come to realize that everything I do revolves around me making a difference. Now I know that I want to touch other people’s lives through my story.
Without my faith, and the support of people across the Globe and especially my South African people, I wouldn’t have been able to put my life back together. I have no words to thank you all for being there when I needed you the most.”