November 13th, 2019. I can’t wait to walk. Until 23 years ago, I could be described as ‘Alexia Bouckoms, a dentist and public health researcher, mother of three children, and wife of Anthony John Bouckoms.' Then on February 25, 1996, while driving home from an indoor soccer game during a terrible windstorm, my life was altered in unfathomable ways when a tree fell on our car, resulting in the death of my husband and six-year-old son sitting in the back seat, in a spinal cord injury for me, and non-life-threatening injuries for my other two children. Since regaining consciousness 39 days later, I have strived to fashion a life out of the rubble. Most importantly, I can say that Sarah and Miles have gone on to lead enviable, well-adjusted lives. Upon gathering my physical, emotional, and psychological strength, I was able to provide a stable homestead and did my best to raise money and awareness regarding the possibility of restoring function following my spinal cord injury. At first I couldn’t imagine living without half of my body functioning. But now I can truly say I’ve had a remarkable time in spite of Not Walking. Sure I would be delighted if there were a ‘cure’ for my paralysis. However, I can’t wait to walk to live my life. I have to live it now.
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