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On July 16, 2010, I went out on Lake Michigan with my cousin and his girlfriend in a 20 foot speedboat to watch the sunset. After the sun went down, we went for a short ride and then began our return ride home.

It was dark and my cousin did not see a sea wall. We ran into the wall at 25 mph. I was in the captains chair, next to him, and went flying. I hit the dashboard. It took 1 hour for the paramedics to find us. I was alert and in pain.

It wasn’t until 6 days later, when I “came to” in ICU that I found I had broken my C2, all my ribs and both lungs collapsed. I spent 2 more weeks in the hospital and then headed for home to Atlanta. I spent 12 weeks in a neck brace called a Minerva collar and 8 more months in rehab.

Before the accident, I had been a raw-foodist and later a vegan and an avid exerciser. My doctors told me most people would not have survived two collapsed lungs but because of the grace of G-d and being in good shape, I did.

After the brace came off, I had a second set of lung x-rays taken. My doctor was amazed. He stated that 100 pulmonologists would not believe it was the same set of lungs, that they were basically healed.

My recovery consisted of eating a whole foods diet, taking appropriate supplements, visiting an energy healer, walking daily, prayer and large community support.

One year and 3 months after my accident, I won first place in my age group in my first Triathlon! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and working on a Doctorate in Holistic Nutrition. I am passionate about teaching others the healing power of mind, body and spirit.

Story told by Vicki Steine.

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