I read an article on CNN.com this morning that really hit close to home. Not because it’s close to anything I’ve ever experienced, but because this survivor’s story mirrors that of my character Lara in KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD.
I realize the real life horror that someone went to does not in any way compare to that of my fictional character who doesn’t really exist. But I want to share Adrianne Haslet-Davis’s story because her attitude moved me. It’s the same “nothing will stop me–not even this injury” attitude my character Lara has in my book, and I specifically wrote it this way in the hope of inspiring others to do the same. Just because something wrenches all our best laid plans doesn’t mean you have to give up completely, no matter the adversaries you face, in fact, the strongest people form a new resolve and vow to keep going anyway.
I love that attitude. And I think Adrianne Haslet-Davis’s story needs to be shared.
Here’s an excerpt from the CNN Article about the moment the bombing took place:
The shock wave flung the 32-year-old dance instructor into the air, along with her husband, Adam Davis. Their bodies hit the pavement together, contorted into what felt like a pretzel.
For a moment, Haslet-Davis lay motionless amid a cloud of dust and mounting panic.
“I think we’re OK,” she told Davis, recalling later: “I didn’t feel any pain and had no idea what had happened.”
But as the two tried to scramble to safety, she paused.
“I sat up and said, ‘Oh my gosh, my foot. There’s something wrong with my foot.'”
Doctors said later the blast had shredded 80% of the bone and muscle on her left foot and ankle.
Imagine if you’re a dancer, and you make your livelihood teaching people to dance…and then you sustain an injury so bad your foot needs to be amputated? I think most people would shut down. But not Adrianne. Look how amazing she is in this next excerpt:
Read the rest of the article.
Dancing, she explained, “is the one thing that I do, that when I do it I don’t feel like I should be doing anything else.”
Ballroom dancers tend to roll and pivot on the edges of their feet, using a series of muscles and tendons to achieve a balance and dexterity honed with years of practice.
“You can’t recreate that in a prosthetic,” she explained. “But maybe the technology…” she paused. “We’ll see.”
A week after the attacks, now propped up on a hospital bed with her leg wrapped in hot pink cloth and gauze, Haslet-Davis has plans to get back to teaching the students who have filled her room with flowers.
“Part of my life is being able to teach people how to (dance).”
In my book, Lara doesn’t get injured by a bomb or lose her limb, but like Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Lara loses her ability to ever dance again (due to a permanent hip injury). It’s Adrianne’s resolve to keep her spirits up and not let her injury stop her from doing what she loves, that mirrors Lara’s story. And though I myself did not experience anything close to what Adrianne has gone through, as a writer, I’ve lived vicariously through my characters. I had to go through the same emotions Lara did to capture them on the page.
So Adrianne’s story hit close to him, and I urge you to read the article.