With deepest Gratitude & Love, Thank you
On the evening of June 4th 2013, Robin Gates (Liberty Horse Training) was severely kicked in the face by her horse (Red). She was found unconscious in the paddock and rushed to the nearest hospital. She was then immediately airlifted to Stanford Medical Center where she remains in treatment.
Robin sustained multiple facial fractures, a broken shoulder and a few broken ribs. Luckily she has no neurological or brain damage. Today (Monday, June 10th) she will undergo facial reconstructive surgery. If all goes well, she will be released from the hospital in a few weeks and begin what is expected to be a 6 month journey to a full recovery.
Robin is in remarkably good spirits and still has her sense of humor intact. She is an amazing example to us all.
Now for the bad news . . . at the time of the accident, Robin was not covered by Health Insurance. The cost of her medical transport, care, surgery and rehabilitation is yet unknown, but estimated to be well over $100,000. Robin and her husband Neil need our help. Calling all angels . . . we need your donations (none too small) to support this dynamic teacher of life, love and wisdom who has touched us all so deeply and in so many different ways.
We will keep you updated on Robin's progress here so check back often. Please leave your comments, blessings, insights and inspirations for she will be reading them and feeling your support.
With Gratitude and Love ~ Suzen Dyslin
On June, 4th 2013 I had an experience which changed my life. An event I can't recall which catapulted me into a profound time of stillness, surrender, patience, gratitude, and respect for the miracle of being alive.
It happened during an evening feeding. My neighbors were running heavy machinery near my barn and my horse Red startled and took off, kicking out just as I was leaning down to pick up some buckets. Apparently, his hoof caught me on the side of my face and I was thrown backwards and hit the corner of the shelter with the back of my head. I was found unconscious by my husband Neal and was taken to the local hospital then airlifted to Stanford University. I have no memory of any of this.
Before the accident the pace of my life had accelerated. I was doing what I loved but I had forgotten to take care of myself. I had stopped listening to the quiet inner voice reminding me of my deeper needs, the need to pay attention to my own body and its requirements for rest and rejuvenation. So life in the form of my precious horse kicked me in the head. I was knocked unconscious. My face was shattered, my jaw was broken, my skull was fractured, my brain was bleeding, and I was hovering in darkeness between life and death.
As I lay unconscious you were there holding me. Before I'd even arrived at Stanford Hospital unbeknownst to me an international prayer channel had opened. Your prayers, love, and money for medical bills came pouring in. In the still, dark place in which I was suspended, helpless to do anything but surrendering completely, I received the healing energy from your hearts to mine. I was to live.
I have been given a direct experience of the kindness of the human heart and of the healing power of love. Special thanks to Suzen, clearly an angel in my life, who initiated the "GoFundMe" call for help. Your response was astounding.
Although I cannot thank you individually, please know that my gratitude is beyond words and includes each of you. Thank you for caring. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your financial support. Having experienced this level of grace, my life cannot possibly ever be the same.
I know that many of you were shaken and confused by what happened to me. Naturally, fear gets triggered. "If it happened to Robin, it could happen to me." Yes, as always, pay attention to your fear and stay connected to your instincts. But do know that this event was part of MY journey and somehow necessary for me to enter this next stage of my life.
Healing from a severe concussion is a challenging process. Initially quiet and stillness was all my brain could handle. I had sustained a shock to my whole system and had to allow my entire being to heal.
True healing, as I am learning, is receptive and patient. It too comes in the context of relationship rather than will. I had to surrender to not knowing, to not planning, and to trusting my deeper guidance. Just as I had learned to gently and respectfully enter into the horse's experience I now have to quietly and gently enter into relationship with my own inner healer.
No account of my healing process would be complete without the acknowledgement of my husband Neal. His unending devotion and tenderness in caring for me has taken our 45 years of love and partnership to a level beyond which neither of us ever imaged.
To be the recipient of such demonstrations of human caring and connection is perhaps the greatest gift I have ever received. The experience of this has become a transforming presence in my life, allowing me to be with my healing process bathed in the energy of light, love and gratitude.
Now here I am. It's been one year and I am moving forward into the next chapter of my life. I am excited. I am delighted. I am moving at the speed of guidance.
Robin's healing continues to be a long road to a full recovery yet through it all Robin "shines" as an amazing example of the options we have when facing negative situations in our lives.
Robin says "this is powerful and life-changing for me. I am learning many deeply profound lessons in all of this. I am tremendously thankful for all of you and feel your support every day. My silence, in NO way reflects the depth of my gratitude as I have only a thimble-full of energy these days and am unable to thank you directly, I want you to know that I feel your support and it IS making a difference ~ thank you!"
You can send e-mails to Robin at email@example.com
Blessings to all of you ~ Suzen Dyslin
I spent the afternoon with Robin today (lucky me!!), and I want to share with you.
With the recent trauma to her face clearly evident, swelling and bruising uncomfortable and tight, and pain intense at times, the words that slur through her swollen lips are not words of misfortune they are words of gratitude and love.
"This is an opportunity for a deeper understanding of life. There was a time when I did not want to continue. I did not want to stay in this body. I could feel something calling me back, to stay. I believe it was the prayers of all the people who care about me. I want to tell them how powerful they are; to thank them and tell them I am grateful to be alive. It saddens me that I have had to cancel seminars that were scheduled. I will miss working with people I love" ~ Robin
Thank you all ~ Sue
Get well soon Robin. I am so sorry this happened to you. Your accident is a reminder to me to be careful around my horse at all times.
Glad she is home and let the healing begin.
Please check into the equestrian aid foundation. They were created for situations like this. www.equestrianaidfoundation.org