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Grateful to Be Alive

Hello friends, this is just going to be a short note to let you know that Celebrate Holiday will be on the back burner for a while as I recover from a major car accident I was in last Saturday.  When I promised to take the Gratitude Challenge seriously, I never thought for one instant how serious it might become.

I was driving down to move to San Diego on Saturday in my Mazda 5 with my husband in his car in front and me following in the back (with 2 weeks of necessities and our two pet Maine Coon cats) .  As we passed Casa de Fruta and neared Dinosaur Point Road, I found myself straying into the center median and so I tried to swerve back into place in the left lane. Unfortunately, my car began spinning out of control across the center median and into the oncoming traffic on the westbound side. According to witnesses on the scene, my car spun into the westbound side shoulder and then flipped over onto its roof, then onto its wheels in the tall, dry grass.  My husband suspects that my car’s exhaust system ignited the grass which then ignited the car.

 If you were watching the news in Northern California, you may have seen the large brush fire on Highway 152 in Gilroy called the Pacheco Pass fire that was started by my accident. I sustained a small head injury and multiple bruises and muscle aches that are common to vehicular accident survivors and am recovering comfortably with my family in my new residence in San Diego.  Durning the accident, we lost one of our cats for one day, but he was miraculously found uninjured and rescued by his breeder and the CDF while the other had to got to the verterinarian with cut and blistered paws. It was a very scary accident, but through the goodness of strangers, the help of others, and God’s grace we are here to live and give thanks for another day.

My family and I are grateful to the many people who helped me during this scary and dangerous moment  for their courage, kindness, goodness, and skill.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to:

My new biker friends Scott, Mick, and Stephanie for stopping, pulling me out of my burning car, giving my head wound first aid, and staying with me, my husband and my cat until the EMTs and CDF arrived on the scene. You and your friends are good people and were my angels that day. Big, bad bikers are the best!

Will, Paul, and the entire  CDF of Pacheco Pass for your amazingly quick response, stabilizing me and putting me in the ambulance.  Thank you for assisting Jeff in finding our cat Noche and returning him safely to us! Thank you and all the other 300+ CDF firefighters who came for fighting the fire in Pacheco Pass and keeping it safe for all of us.

Jim and my ambulance driver for caring for my injuries, calming me, and transporting me safely to the hospital. Just FYI, we took the 101 to Paso Robles down on Monday.

Dr. Tavakol, Belinda, Todd, Vicki, Andrea, and the rest of the wonderful Emergency Room staff at Saint Louise hospital in Gilroy for caring for me, evaluating my injuries, and treating me with skill, professionalism, and genuine kindness.

Jeff and Marilyn Bryant of Windwalker Maine Coons in Sacramento for doing an amazing search and rescue for our cat Noche and returning him so safely and swiftly to us on Sunday.

The caring and expert staff at the Emergency Animal Clinic of San Jose for treating our cat Max during such a difficult situation.

All my friends & the Marketing Team at Tiny Prints and my husband’s company Aerohive for your well wishes, understanding, and support.

To Sus & my GFs at TP for all the love &  “necessities”.

To my family and especially my beloved husband for everything.

All my love,


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  1. Lea
    September 3, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Michelle, so glad to see that you’re safe & sound. Our prayers are with you!

  2. Geeta
    September 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Thank god, you are fine.
    The accident does sound very scary, you must consider yourself extremely fortunate.

    I wish you a speedy recovery.
    Take care,

  3. September 11, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    So so glad that your here with us! Great things are ahead of you my friend!

  4. Rachel
    September 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m so glad you are okay!! i read about that on the news when it happened!

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