At sixteen, I was struck by a car while crossing the street to get to my best friend’s bus stop on my way to school. I never expected to live with a spinal injury. I P1became paralyzed. It’s a miracle from the Lord I’m alive and able to walk. I want others to see how they can overcame tragedy. I want to encourage adults and children so I started this blog. I had no idea the amount of people it would help. I’m an English as a Second Language Instructor for a Global Language training company and I teach classrooms. I love what I do. I’m able to meet people from all over the world. I had the honor of sharing my story at the Harvard Faculty Club at Harvard University in December of 2015.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Hi, i’m also SCI patient suffering from T4-T5 level injury since 21 feb. 2010. PLS. Give me the tips how u overcome from the injury.


    • July 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Triloki, thank you for writing. The way I overcome is simple, but as you know Spinal Cord Injury is not simple! My faith in Jesus and His power to heal me, is what keeps me going each day.
      I make sure to exercise. Do your best to move, eat right, and get enough sleep. Always take care of your health.
      I know it feels like your injury was long ago, but it can take a long time to get better after SCI. Never give up. You can write to me with questions or comments anytime. I am here to help!


  2. Marsha
    July 11, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Thank you for your story. My son is 26 and he became a quadriplegic at 18 from a car accident. He does have some toe and ankle movement but I’m trying to get him to get in more therapy for I believe he could move more with the therapy. How long we’re you paralyzed before you starting getting some back? Thank you


    • July 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Marsha, thank you for writing. Your son does have potential. Especially if his toe and ankle are moving, that is great! Do your best to encourage him to get into physical therapy, it really does work. You may not see results right away. Healing is a process. It doesn’t always happen as fast as we would like. My movement began in the first month after my accident. I was paralyzed, but my left leg started to twitch when I was in the PICU. It was my left quadricep. I was doing my best daily and fighting my legs to move. Let me know if you have any other questions..I’m happy to help!


  3. Lyndall
    July 12, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Zina, thank you for your encouraging account of your journey in dealing with spinal cord injury…I too have have a spinal cord injury T9/10…I am able to stand and with a walking frame put one foot in front of the other…its one of the hardest things i have ever done and I fluctuate between courage and continuing on with my quest to one day get out of this chair and just giving up….do you have any advice on overcoming the fear of falling?? how difficult is it to get around with arm crutches….my accident was 4 1/2 years ago.


    • July 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Lyndall. Thank you for writing. That is great, that you are able to stand in a frame, and put one foot in front of the other. That is a big step in your recovery. I will pray for you to continue on with courage to walk.
      It is normal to have a fear of falling. I’ve had it too on one cane before. Our healing is something we have to work at constantly. The most important thing is to be on a strict exercise/workout regimen. But always be safe. When you are trying something new like standing or taking steps, make sure you are guarded. On my blog page, I wrote an article called “Moving Improves Our Health.” I would like you to read it.


      • Lyndall
        July 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

        Hi Zina, thanks for your prompt reply…I would love to access your blog, but how do I do that?


      • July 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Hi Lyndall. You should be able to see the link that says “blog” on my web site. If you can’t, try going to my web site page again: https://zinahermez.wordpress.com and you should be able to see the blog link on there. Let me know if you still have trouble finding it.


      • July 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        Lyndall – you can try this link too: https://zinahermez.wordpress.com/sci-faith-corner/ it should work.


      • Lyndall
        July 21, 2012 at 3:02 am

        Hi Zina, I am really thankful to have found your blog and find inspiration from reading what you have to say….at the moment I have not been able to access physiotherapy for continued improvement but I do have a personal trainer who works with me twice a week and we adapt exercises to help improve strength….my right leg has 100% nerve activation and functions normally but still has weakenessess….my left leg has made improvements but If i could just gain improvement in hip, knee and foot flexion against gravity then walking would not be so exhausting….i love working with my personal trainer as i am have fully exhausted when she leaves and i know that it is all working towards a healthier and more functional me…not sure if this is possible but if you have skype, I would love to chat face to face…I live in Australia so the time difference would need to be negotiated…what do you think??


      • July 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        Hi Lyndall, I’m so happy you find inspiration from reading my blog. It’s great to hear you love working with your trainer, and you are making such great strides. Keep up the good work! We can meet on Skype. My personal email is: zina@zinahermez.com Contact me and we can arrange something for next week


  4. July 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I met Zina several years ago at a BNI group meeting. Turned out I knew her brother and made signs for him and lettered his trucks for years. Anyhow, she is amazing and has shown and inspired many of us who do not have any physical limitations. She doesnt make anyone feel uncomfortable because she exhibits a sincere happy disposition.

    Tony Lucero, Eagle Graphics


    • July 13, 2012 at 2:21 am

      Tony, how nice of you to write, and with such kind words. Thank you so much for reading my story and visiting my blog. I am so touched!


  5. Clarissa
    July 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    You are inspiring!! My name is Clarissa and my husband Richard was in a mountain biking accident where he had fallen 35-40 feet off a cliff, he landed beachside in between several large rock boulders. Today he is alive and continues to exercise like there is no limit.
    It’s people like you and stories like yours that keeps us going. Faith is a big part of us! Richard suffered a fracture at c2&c5 along with a dislocation at c5-6. We were told that only 2 percent of patients was going to regain mobility to walk again. We never listened or believe the doctors as Faith is what’s going to bring us to our destination. You can track Richard story on caringbridge.com under richardrafanan with no spaces. Thanks for your story as we will follow and track you.


    • July 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

      Hi Clarissa, thank you for sharing your husband, Richard’s story. What a miraculous survival! You’ve inspired me. I believe you both have the passion and attitude for recovery. There are no limits to what God can do. Patrick Rummerfield is a fully functioning quadriplegic, you should search his name – I was amazed. I’m going to follow your story. Let’s stay connected!


  6. Janet Crutcher
    July 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hi~ My name is Janet Crutcher~ I don’t know how I ended up here but here I am. I have a Spinal Cord Injury at the T-12/L1 level due to a catastrophic car crash in July of 1996. I drove my self into a telephone pole, and still don’t remember any of it. I lived in Houston Texas at the time and was life flighted to Herman Hospital. I was so broken up I had to wait 3 weeks before the surgery to repair my spine with a rod and pins. Since I could not move my legs at all I was labeled with a ‘complete’ spinal cord injury. My doctors came in my hospital room one day to give me that news, I didn’t accept it. They sent me to TIRR for rehabilitation. I started to come out of my shell there. After a month I went home to my apartment with relatives in how to help me learn to live all over again. People started to marvel that I was taking care of my self. Well I still use a wheelchair full time. I still cannot move my legs or feet. If I think about the crash it takes my breath away. The journey has been a difficult one. I can’t believe I’m here sharing my life with yall. Must be a reason. I dunno. From: Janet Crutcher~


  7. Deepak
    August 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Zina, on saturday my brother met with an accident and suffered D5-D6 burst fracture and undergone surgery on Wednesday, can u please share how many are the changes of him walking again..???


  8. August 23, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Hello Deepak, i’m very sorry your brother had an accident. Do you mean T5-T6? I don’t know his injuries so I can’t say for sure but I believe there is always hope for recovery and to walk again. You can read two articles I wrote in my blog page and see how bad my injuries were and I walked. My article on Spinal Cord Injury Zone and a more recent post, “A few quick tips on how I heal” should be helpful for you guys. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do. My personal email is zina@zinahermez.com Take care!


  9. September 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Zina, nice job on your blogs! You are truly a role model for those injured and non-injured. I have known Zina since college and have been able to see her transition from the wheel chair to the crutches. I’m very proud of her and all of her accomplishments. And love most of all her never give up attitude. Not many people can see the good in every thing that happens, but Zina always does. Keep up your hard work and nothing is ever impossible. I do believe that one day you will walk independently with your 1 cane.


    • September 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Lisa, thank you so much! You have always been a good friend and so supportive throughout. In all the years I’ve known you, you have encouraged me. A true heartfelt thanks Lisa!


  10. October 12, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Hi Zina, I have a son who was hit by a car and in a coma when he was only three years old. It was wonderful of you to write this article.


    • October 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Susan, Haiping told me your story. Thanks for stopping by. I really look forward to meeting you and Billy. Until then, let’s stay connected.


  11. William
    October 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    It was the same way when I got hit but now I am better that was 20 years ago. It was in the summer of July of 1992 I had faced many challenges in my life.


    • October 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      I know. I heard your story. I’m glad you’re better now, so am I. Thanks for your message. Hopefully we can all get together and meet soon. Stay in touch.


  12. Lawler "Juan" Kirk
    December 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    It was a pleasure bumping into you the other day. You are a beautiful Soul, I am blessed for having the opportunity to meet you.


    • December 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Juan, thank you so much! It was great seeing you. You’re doing even better than the last time I saw you. Keep it up. It will be nice to stay in touch.


      • Juan
        December 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        With Souls like you on my path, it gives me energy to push forward with my healing challenge. Your name is perfect; Zina, to me seems like a spiritual warrior angel who has come here to help people fight the good fight. Go Zina!


      • December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

        Thank you Juan. I love that 🙂 If I can help anyone get better, I’m happy. Your comments help me get better too.


  13. December 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you for your positive attitude its great to see. I dont know what exercises to exactly do. I am waiting on a standing frame to be approved and I loved standing on that forever! I was told I would not walk and that the way my neck is put back together is completely bent the other way which causes pain and evenually without surgery will cause me to become a quad. I am working on that right now but through a divorce I will be losing my primary insurance and I dont know exactly what I am going to do for the long run. I need help and advice so bad. I could use some wisdom from you or others who have commented. I so want to walk again. I got in a car accident and the surgeon goofed and compressed my disc causing the paralysis. I have children who have to live in other places right now while I try to get my life together I dont know how. But thank you for your blog. I appreciate it.


    • humblejuan
      December 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Greetings Caryl,

      I was also in a bad car accident about six years ago. I would like to extend my help in any way I can. Please feel free to e-mail me at humblejuan@yahoo.com


      Lawler “Juan” Kirk


    • December 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Carol, i’m sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. It’s really unfortunate you had a surgery that went wrong. The standing frame is a great way to start to get return of blood flow, strength in your legs. I hope you get that soon. If you get a physical therapist or trainer, they can design exercises tailored to your needs so I highly recommend that if you are able to. I’m not a doctor or surgeon so I can’t give you advice as far as surgery, I just hope it gets corrected. I know for me, I was told different things by different people sometimes that were not true. For example, I was told using one cane would be too hard for me – today I am practicing with one cane and hoping to be able to walk around with just that. So if you believe you will have the ability to walk that is faith, hold onto that!


  14. Nellie
    February 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hi. I have never blogged before and I just had my injury in feb 2012. I kinda feel really lost right now. I am a Christian and have been one since 1992. My feelings are all over the place. One minute I have the joy of the Holy Spirit and have Faith but then there are days that all I do is cry. I had fell on ice helping an ill ol lady and ended up fracturing my L4-5 disk. The disk was pinching a nerve which caused me lots of pain. I went to the hospital like 3 times before they said it was a pinched nerve. So I get referred to a neurologist, he says I have to have a simple operation and all he has to do is shave a disk off the nerves and I should be fine. During the operation my aourda was severed. The doctor calls the helicopter to tranfer me to mass general in Boston. They made it there in 12 minutes I was not suppose to survive but by the grace of God I did. Now I have nerve damage on both legs and I can’t walk. It hurts to walk I’m always in pain. I do get around the best I can a few steps here and there but I cannot walk more then 3 minutes. If I sit I could get up and do another 2 minutes and that’s how I walk. The doctors said I have a spinal cord injury. I’m just wondering if I’m ever going to walk again. I’m not a fighter right now I seem to be just gaining wieght now that I’m not moving around and I need some kind of motivation. I guess I’m very depressed. I do pray all the time but I need help!


    • February 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Nellie, I’m so sorry you had an accident and that things have been so tragic for you. It’s unfortunate how things happen sometimes. Please never give up on faith. Even if you can walk for three minutes I would say that is amazing. Even if it hurts, then you are not paralyzed. God loves you as he loves me and all of us. I could never promise someone whether or not they will walk normally but the fact that you can walk at all is very positive. I know I walked again with walking device, but it was through a lot of hard work and my faith.
      I think it will be helpful for you to follow my blog. I post articles every few weeks to share with others with or without spinal injury. I started it to help cope with my SCI. It has been therapeutic for me. My hope is that it helps others who visit. I’m going to send you a personal email so we can stay in touch and be friends. I’m pulling for you, and praying for you as well!


      • February 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        Greetings Nellie,

        I was in a car accident in 2007 and I have not been the same since. Please hang in there! There is something in your story that can help others.

        I have a similar challenge with my walking, my cervical was severely damaged in the car accident and my sciatic nerve was also damaged just name a few of the things I was diagnosed with.

        When I walk for several minutes now my feet sting, burn and I have electrical charges that go throughout my body. But as much of a challenge as I have now, I am blessed because I get to share with you and say hang in there; You Are A Gift From God!

        Much Love,


        P.S. Please know that all the following emotions are okay: Crying, Screaming, and most important is Laughing!


  15. Nellie
    February 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I’m so happy to have found this blog. I feel like I’m smiling as I read this. I don’t feel so alone. PRAISE GOD!!! Thanks for your kind words Humblejuan and I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. Zina thank you for all your support as well and the emails. Well I’m hoping today is going to be a productive day. I’m going to a store that sell products for the handicap to make life easier for us to get around. I’m just praying its not to expensive. I was given a walker and a cane. I think the one that holds both arms would be better for me a regular cane is scary I feel like I’m going to fall. I’m kind off excited to be leaving this house it’s been so cold and so much ice outside I’m so afraid to go out. I need to ask God to take away my fears. Well off I go this morning to do some shopping just waiting for my daughter. I’m so blessed to have met you all may The Lord bless you and keep you all under His wing. God bless


  16. Jeffrey Hall
    March 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    On July 17th 2012, I sustained a spinal cord injury from a dirtbike accident. I fractured my T-5, T-6, and C-6 with a dislocation. What a blow to my life, or anybody’s life for that matter….It’s only been 7 mo post accident and feels like a bad dream that I can’t wake up from…I’m a paraplegic…I didn’t have any movement after the surgery..I went to Craig Hospital for 2 mo after the accident for rehab. I started getting rapid return in movement of my legs…when I got back home I started hammering out PT 3 days week..first I used a standing frame…then I went to a walker with no wheels….now I’m in the process of learning to use crutches and its only been 7 mo post accident. The spinal surgeon said the probability of me ever walking was slim..so by the grace of God and hard work, I’m determined to beat the odds!!! So never give up!!! It’s great to see people on here giving support, advice, and mostly HOPE…


  17. Takayuki SATO (Nissan Technical Center.N.A)
    March 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Hello Zina,
    I have read your Blog, I fully agree with your opinion. I also like to spend a time in the book store in the US. But In Japan, we can’t see any cafe areas and tables & chairs in the book store. I think Japanese book store has a strong tendency to avoid that the customer would stay there for a long time, but the US case is completely opposite. I like this type of the US culture. Everyone can spend a good time in the store which they like. I hope I could read the book which you wrote near future. Of course, I will purchase your book at that time!


  18. June 20, 2013 at 8:23 am

    May god bless you I have also suffered from this situation when I was 17 and now however I am stable I hope god helps us to fight this situation


  19. DallasTexas Personal Injury Attorney
    July 19, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Hi Zina,

    You are truly an inspiration. Your optimism and your faith is what heals you. I am happy to hear your stories. There are many people who needs your words of encouragement. I’ll share this with my friends who have been victims of personal injury.


  20. Mike Williams
    October 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Zina:

    My 17 year old son is a recent (May 2013) paraplegic. He is walking with forearm crutches and has even challenged the PT to let him walk without any assistance. He is determined. His biggest concerns are the feeling that everyone is looking at him when he is in public. We too have ice in the winter and think your blog will help him. He hasn’t reached out to the SCI community yet and wonder if you might suggest a method to get him to find out whose there to talk and support with. BTW, he has is own individual PT, his MOM, who I am finding to be incredible in his journey.


    • October 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Mike, I can relate to your son’s concerns. I was around his age – 16, when my accident happened. It is great that he is so determined. As far as reaching out, please feel free to let him know about my blog. He is more than welcome to write to me or subscribe. I will send you an email with networks, foundations, or on line support that I know of to further help in his healing journey. It is wonderful that his mom is his PT. It sounds like he is already making a lot of progress!


  21. November 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Zina Praise someone understands.You are inspirational, I was just in a auto accident.T5-T6 other injuries.My wife and I were missionaries in Africa and Europe. I know the Lord has other things for us. Thanks again for your blog, Signed Brother in Christ Tom F. Siemer


  22. November 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Tom, I’m so sorry to hear you had an accident. I will keep you in my prayers for healing and recovery. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. God Bless…


    • November 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Zina you are a real inspiration.The christians around the world need your inspiration. Thanks for you prayers. Robyn and I will be praying for you also. God Bless! Tom Melbourne Australia


      • November 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        Thank you Tom, that really means a lot. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and your prayers. Please keep in touch.


  23. December 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Wishing you the best for a full recovery.


    • Tom Siemer
      December 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      To Zina thanks for encouraging all of us with back injuries .You are a real inspiration to us Have a Blessed New Year God Bless !Tom Siemer


      • January 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

        Thank you Tom! It’s very nice of you to write a note. Happy New Year to you too! God bless…


    • Tom Siemer
      January 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      To Zina thanks for your inspirational life Thanks! Tom


    • Tom Siemer
      April 16, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Thanks for your inpirational heart signed Tom from Australia


      • April 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

        Thank you Tom for your lovely posts, and thank you for reading my notes.:-)


      • Tom Siemer
        April 20, 2015 at 12:28 am

        Hi Zina ,God has helped all of us is so many ways.I do have a few injuries and I pray how I can do different jobs with theseinjuries.and The Lord always shows me.Daniel 6 26-28.Zina you really did help me through a dark time in my life.I say thanks! signed Tom from Australia

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    • tom
      August 20, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Hi Zina, I hope all is well with you. We pray for you. Keep shining. God Bless Tom&Robyn


      • August 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Thank you Tom!😊

        I hope you and Robyn are doing wonderful,



    • Tom
      May 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Lisa, you are a real inspiration.I was in a major car crash. Tboned by a car going 60 miles an hour. From 2 crushed vert. I had a lot of pain. Rehab. But miraculously, the Lord healed my family and stood with us. God Bless! Tom


  24. Selvy
    February 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Zina,
    Thanks for your msg, My friend is T4 level SCI injury since 1993 (20years) he is paralyze and now going to do surgery for SCI and he is also doing PT continuously . We hope and pray one day he will stand from a wheelchair . I believe Jesus will bless him. We are going to do surgery soon, I will let you know, Thank you


    • February 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Hi Selvy, thank you for your message. You and your friend are in my prayers. I hope he has a successful surgery and the ability to stand. God bless…


  25. March 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Great post! Dealing with a back injury now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  26. Kessie Darby
    April 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi, im also a SCI patient, suffering from T11-T12 level injury since March 2013. Ive regained my sitting balance again and have full control when I sit. Ive been doing exercises on muscle strengthening and trying to get myself to stand up. I have been trying my best to get my legs to move but they just twitch and at times move without me moving them. Tell me, when the first times for you to move your legs was it really difficult and how did u go about doing it? And I really appreciate what you have written and how you’ve helped others, its nice to know that someone out there is sharing this and wants to help.


  27. July 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Zina, I really want to say thanks for your blog it’s full of inspiration. I’m also a SCI patient suffering from T3-T4 level injury since 1998. After a lot of exercise I’m better. I appreciated all the tips you give to get better every day!!


  28. Salvo
    August 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Zina,

    I have had three surgeries on my thoracic spine. I am still able to walk but it’s been very difficult to do without pain and electrical signals. I can’t walk very far. I have had this condition since 2009. I don’t know if I will recover fully but I have faith that God will restore me completely. I just need to have trust that He will. Thank you for sharing your life. You are a blessing.


  29. tricia crider
    August 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Zina , I am also a sci my injury is t8. I deal with pain daily but use no meds only mind over matter. I am happily married with 5 beautiful children in which I conceived and birthed all after my sci injury in 1994. Life is full of blessings and challenges every day. Every day I’m thankful for the life I have been given.


    • August 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Tricia,
      Thank you for stopping by and writing on my blog! It was a blessing to meet you and spend time with you in the hospital that year in 1994. We were two young girls, and our lives had completely changed. I’m happy to see you with a beautiful family, healthy and strong. XO


  30. Dwight
    December 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I was over at Northville Barnes and Noble and started to read your book. Nov 17, 2013 I was hit by a car while I was doing my last training ride for the year. I was a tri-athete. I was very fortunate he was only do 20-25. I was able to walk away form this accident I only had a broken arm, skull fracture and some internal injuries but on the whole nothing even close to what you had. I trusted God in all things He never left me When I thought he was so far away He was beside me. Something that I will never forget.


    • January 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Hello Dwight. Thank God your accident was not worse, and I’m happy to hear you are doing well. Yes, these are experiences we can never forget. I’m glad you are able to see that God was beside you the whole time. I know He is beside me. Thank you for sharing your story. I met a friend, a hero, the late Jim MacLaren. He was also a tri-athlete, you can google his name. He has an incredible story! Thanks for your note.


  31. rodolfo aparicio
    January 8, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Hey am rodolfo on 2013 i suffered sci t11/12 complete n told i never walked again its been a year since my accident due to car accident but wen i try to my legs i can feel this tingling like when your arms or legs fall asleep but still cant move them does this means anything at all need some help am 20 years old


    • January 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Yes, Rodolfo, the tingling in your legs is a VERY GOOD sign!! Don’t give up! A year is not a long time. Please read all of my articles on the “SCI medical information” section on my website, and read all of the comments on this page. I have shared lots of information on recovery.


  32. Janette Nebel
    January 16, 2015 at 12:18 am

    It’s been 16 months now since that fateful day. I know most people don’t remember their accident but I was the passenger and my mother in law was in the back seat not belted down. We went out for a quick trip to pick mom up at the cabin in Colorado and bring her home. Just as we went across the pass my husband passed out at the wheel with his eyes wide open and head cocked back and us leaving the highway. I’m glad I’m the only one who remembers the accident. We ended up in the freezing cold water at the bottom running into our badly beaten up car. It seemed like forever before help arrived and the helicopters had to shut down that two lane mountain highway to land. My being a nurse did not make things easier because I knew from the first time the car hit my back was broken. I too was not to ever walk again, told I am a miracle and it is completely because I have been healed by God except for one minor detail. I have severe neuropathy pain not controlled by meds and the spasticity at night keeps me awake a lot. Do you deal with this and how so? I pray a lot for it to be taken away. Any advice?


    • January 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Hello Janette, thank you for sharing your incredible story! It is good to know that everyone came out alive. I am very sorry about your accident. It sounds like you are a big miracle! I do not experience any neuropathy or spasticity in my legs. Your pain will continue to diminish since it has only been 16 months. I had lots of pain in the beginning. Recovery from SCI takes a long time, and often times–many years. So don’t be discouraged. I recommend that you read all of the articles in my section titled “SCI medical information.” I focus on recovery, and please read all of the comments on this page.


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  34. pralhad thapa
    March 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks god I am looking about solution of complete spinal cord problem I have got ur sugession from web. I am going to inform you about my problem my father about 60 yrs now he hot bus accident and spinal cord problem hand and leg. He cant move have you any idea about treatment thanks for your co-operation. -Pralhad thapa from nepal now in portugal


    • March 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Dear Pralhad, thank you for writing. I’m sorry about your father’s accident, and I hope he feels better and recovers. There is still no found cure for spinal-cord-injury, but there have been some advancements in technology. Rehabilitation (physical therapy) still gives us the most benefits. It sounds like your father’s accident was not long ago, you can ask his doctor when it will be safe for him to begin a physical therapy/exercise program. This will help him to regain some strength and function. If you have any further questions, you can email me at: zina@zinahermez.com. I have also written many articles on this subject, please click on this link: https://zinahermez.wordpress.com/category/sci-medical-information/


  35. April 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Hi my name is Candy. I am 27yrs old, and 4 months ago i had a spinal/epidural and they mustve hit my spinal cord because now i have wholebody numbness/cant walk long, sciatica, polyneuropathy. And my neuro suspects spinal cord inflammation. Just have been having a rough time since all of this happened to me.


    • April 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Wow, I’m so sorry to hear that Candy! You are in my prayers for a full recovery. I hope the numbness doesn’t continue. Thank you for reaching out. My personal email is zina@zinahermez.com.


  36. April 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Thankyou Zina☺


  37. Ritchie
    April 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Im Ritchie and I have a t5 complete spinal cord injury as of July 10th last year, I was sleeping in the back of my parents car on my way home from a family trip and we fell off a 80 ft embankment. Never got any type of function so far and the chances of seeing function after 6 months of being considered complete is less than 5%. I’m not gonna tell myself I am if I’m not it is what it is, and you just gotta deal with it.


  38. Ritchie
    April 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I was 16 btw I’m 17 now, former wrestling state voc. Champ


  39. soso
    May 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    You are an inspiration sent by God just in time. I’m so glad to have found your great blog. This is all about my loved one whom I met on April 2015. He had met car accident in 2007, had complete spinal cord injuries, wheelchair became his world. Not too long I met him I have hope that he will be able to move and walk. I have faith on God that one day God will heal him. When I told him about my faith he said big “No way”” impossible” and he said I’ll never know anyone who recover from spinal cord injuries. Now that I’ve found your blog I have proof to show to him ” how impossible is possible with God”. And I’d like to make a humble request please do pray for him to have undying faith on God like you do and to believe in Him.

    Thank you.

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  40. Divine
    May 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Zena, its so comforting to read through all this thread of correspondence. I had an accident with my bike last week and hit my head and twisted my neck. I was taken to the hospital and the MRI test revealed a contusion at c5/c6. This is the second week, I am in much pain. Immediately after the doctor saw the severity of the contusion he just asked me to go back home, that there was nothing he could do for me. I left back home in pains and frustration. I must underline here they I live in Cameroon, central Africa where access to must of the therapies is either rare or even inexistent. I am now back home, I still walk on my legs, I still use my hands, but I feel much pains and a progressive weakness in my hands. I am afraid that one of this day I may get complete paralysis as it is said that the full extent of the sci is only full known after 6-8weeks. Please pray for me. Thanks.


    • May 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      I think the chances of you getting paralysis are slim to none. You are in the second week, and you are still walking on your feet so that is a very good sign! The swelling in the spinal cord usually goes down during that 6-8 weeks (after the initial break/shock). My first movement in my legs began during that 6-8 week period! I will keep you in my prayers indeed. Thank you for writing to me.


  41. Alexa
    November 18, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Hi! I read a few of your poems and I really enjoyed them. I felt I could relate to them a lot. I became an incomplete spinal cord injury because one day I was infected with the virus ADEM. Incredibly rare, especially for a 17 year old girl like me where it is usually found in adolescent males. I have learned a whole lot and met incredible people. I have kept a positive mind and a smiling face not just for me but for my family and friends. What I am wondering is how can I be upset with out being alone? I don’t want others getting as upset as I am when I am in pain. What are some relief concepts that you did alone that made you feel better. You were my age, what was it like for you? Thanks for your beautiful poetry.


    • November 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Alexa, thank you for your comment and your lovely complement about my poetry.:-) I think it’s generous of you to not want others (your friends and family) to get upset when you are in pain. You are very thoughtful. I’m sorry to hear you have a condition that has limited you. My accident happened around your age so I know how you feel in some ways.

      My advice would be to stay in prayer, keep talking to Jesus, read the Bible, and write in your journal daily. These are some of the things I did in private, and I still do them. You will release frustrations and feel better. I didn’t want others to get upset when I was either.

      Here’s a quote from my book that comes to mind as I write this advice: “As a teen, those years were vital for me–to read and study Scripture, to listen to live prayer through the radio most nights, and to talk to God daily. I would not have come this far without doing those things.” ~Not Without God

      You are in my prayers.


  42. lebohang
    January 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I am Lebohang Mokoena from South Africa, thank you very much for your encouragement it really is a help to us, I fell from the height while i was working. I am an electrician so i injured my spine from t6-t8 so i experience burning sensations in my feet and pains in my joints. Please I need an advice, thanks.


  43. Vishal
    January 28, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Hi, I just fell from the stairs and had an injury in the T5 region. It’s paining badly and I am not able to bend properly my back.


  44. January 28, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hello Lebohang and Vishal, I am very sorry to hear about your accidents. I have written a book called Not Without God: A Story of Survival where I write extensively on this topic. I think it can help. I have also written a lot on this blog. Please read through the comments on this page. If you would like to order my e-book here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Without-God-Survival-Morgan-ebook/dp/B00KI5YS7I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Keep praying, and never give up!


  45. Queen
    June 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hello, I was involved in a car accident in 2008 just before my wedding. I suffered damage to my two vertebrae and had 7 fractured ribs and a dislocated sternum. I am encouraged that there are people out there willing to encourage the rest of the world. I am able to walk but continue to go thru back pains since. The Lord has been my strength.

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  46. Marthea
    June 17, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Hi, my son recently got shot in a drive by shooting. He is still in the ICU unit at the hospital, his spinal cord has been fractured C3 – T2 He has brace supports the doctors put in to keep his neck stable. It’s been two weeks and he is doing different things everyday. I love him so much and want to provide the best care, doctors, advice, support, love, etc. to him. My faith is strong, and I know he will be able to live a good life. He is only 18 years old, a very good young man and has the whole world ahead of him. They have not caught the person who did this, in fact, they don’t know who has done this horrible thing. I am strong and ready to fight! Thank you😉 I need all the support I can get on something I know nothing about.


    • June 17, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Hello Marthea,

      I am very sorry to hear about this tragedy you have encountered. My prayers go out to you and your son (your entire family) during this difficult time. My injury happened when I was sixteen but it was of a different nature. However, I had to wear a neck brace because of a C1 fracture so I can relate to that. Please read through my blog page: https://zinahermez.wordpress.com/sci-faith-corner/ I have posted MANY articles on overcoming challenges, faith, and even healing again after Spinal cord injury. My advice to you now would be to stay strong. I know this incident is horrible, but as you seem to know – God still heals! Your son is only 18. Work closely with his doctors and physical therapists. I am sure they will construct a plan to try and get him back up on his feet again when he is ready. Let me know if you have any questions… Feel free to write to me anytime.


  47. July 6, 2016 at 12:38 am

    You have shared a blog that inspires everyone. Thank you and share this kind of blog in the future.

    Liked by 1 person

  48. Bill Bergeron
    July 23, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Zina, I am a believer and spinal injury survivor (L2). I have been in a wheelchair for 6 years. I can walk with canes but it is a very wobbly outing. So I try not to scare people and use my chair. I wish I could walk better and thank God, I do believe I get better it’s just a slow process. I tell people it’s like asking if your hair grew last night, you know it did but it takes time to see a difference. Oh, one more thing we have in common is I’m a writer. I have been a writer most of my life, mostly poetry. Anyway, thanks for your words of encouragement and sharing your faith in Him. I pray you get better.


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    • July 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Bill. I appreciate your honesty about your walking, but you have to start somewhere. I hope you at least practice inside your home or do physical therapy. It’s important to get regular exercise. Great to meet you!


  49. Roslyn
    August 17, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Hi Zina, I am Roslyn from South Africa, my 17 year old daughter was in a car accident on 20 July 2016. She fractured her C5 vertebrae and has a blood clot on her spinal cord and was diagnosed to be paralyzed. When the doctor told my husband and I we were so emotional and cried so much, but after a while I stopped crying and remembered the meaning of the word “Hope.” I decided that no doubt should be in me and that God would help me through this and I prayed everyday and trusted in our Lord. We started to see everyday the Lord working his miracle on my girl, she is just so positive and started moving every part of her body with the exception of her fingers moving a little. It has not been a month but she is walking with help from the physiotherapist, I believe God is a healer and never leaves us to go through any trials alone. I know my baby girl will have a long recovery and she will have a bright future ahead. Thanks for your words of encouragement.


    Liked by 1 person

    • August 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Hi Roslyn,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m happy to hear that you’re daughter is doing better and that she can walk! It’s a long process, but you have the right attitude.😊 You can email me at zina@zinahermez.com if you have any questions.

      God bless,



  50. Dustin
    March 28, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Good morning Zina, my name is Dustin and I have been paralyzed since December of 2007. I remember feeling God’s presence while I was in SCICU, and later while in acute inpatient rehab. The first time I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit after my crash was in a church I went to on an excursion from the hospital, I felt so close to the Lord, a complete recovery seemed possible. After nine years, I now feel completely alone, as though God has cast me aside, the Holy Spirit is nowhere to be found. I wonder if we are in the last days, perhaps the Holy Spirit has departed from this place? I am thinking that I have lost hope which might explain why I don’t feel the Holy Spirit in church, and why I feel separated from God? I will search out and read your blog, there must be a reason I found this page of yours!


    • tom
      March 28, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Hi Dustin We are praying for you. You are a real inspiration to us. God is going to use you. He hasn’t given up on you. My mother had kidney failure 15-20% 3 months before I was born. The doctor said if you don’t have an abortion soon you will die too. So I am not supposed to be here. I had a spinal injury myself. I did the same as you. Looking for someone else who has spinal injuries. I got alot of encouragement. God Bless, Brother Tom

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  51. March 28, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Dustin, thank you for writing to me and for being transparent. I think it’s normal to have highs and lows, especially when you have a spinal injury. I have moments when I feel down but I know that God never leaves me. This may sound surprising, but nine years is not a long time for recovery. It takes a lot to get better. Keeping busy adds value to my life. I help others and I’m still in physical therapy. I hope you have some form of exercise. It will help your body and mind. What are your outlets? Do you listen to music? One of my favorite bands is Hillsong! Yes, please read my posts on here I have many that I think will help you. ~Zina


  52. Geoff Grace
    April 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I was walking, working and very active but I had an elective T10 laminectomy to relieve some slight pressure in Feb 2015. I have been unable to walk or drive since and very limited balance with a 4 wheel walker. 2 years of physio has not made much difference, it just keeps muscles strong but the nerve issue (affected by glial scarring) remains. It’s life changing and so hard to stay positive. Thank you for your your forum Zina. From downunder in Aus. Geoff


    • April 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Geoff, I’m sorry to hear this. It sounds like you had a surgery that went wrong. I can sympathize with the nerve issue and scarring. Both take a long time to heal. I would encourage you to stay in physical therapy. When you strengthen your muscles, you are regenerating nerves because they are attached and interact. I’m still exercising and improving. I’m praying for your recovery!


  53. Kendra Reimer
    May 24, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hi! I’m excited to read about all of you! My boyfriend was in a car accident 3 months ago on 02.27.17. He broke C2 and C5 (I’m not sure what all they did in the surgery yet) and his spine is bruised. As of today, he can feel his whole body but not normally. He can use both arms and move his legs a little when he’s told to. We’re waiting for his neck to get stronger to remove the c collar so he can proceed unto the treadmill! I would appreciate your prayers as we make adjustments!


    • May 25, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Hello Kendra,

      I’m praying for you, and for your boyfriend also! The bond you have is sweet! I pray that God continues to touch your hearts in a way that leads you towards recovery in every aspect: emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.

      Feel free to send me another personal email if you have any questions…

      God bless…



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