On 1/11 I was in a very bad snowboarding accident. I was hitting a jump and took a bad landing. I broke a rib, shattered parts of my spine, and was rushed to emergency surgery at Lehigh Valley hospital. I have 65 staples all the way down my spine and a metal rod and bolts in my back now. I have spinal cord damage at location T-12, which means at this point in time I am paralyzed from belly button down. The doctor told me there’s one in a million chance that I am ever going to have feeling in my legs again. I don’t believe that. I know in my heart I will be back to normal.
After spending 9 days in the hospital, I was transferred to Kessler Rehabilitation Center, the #1 center for spinal cord injuries. I’ll be living here for a short while to help me recover. I love it here so far and I love therapy!! I’m getting better every day. It’s truly a miracle. I have little pain right now and I was off of pain killers in only 8 days! The doctors are amazed with me!! I’m so determined to get better. From the moment I fell, the strength I felt inside of me was SO strong. It’s so hard to put into words. I didn’t even cry when I fell. Of course I had a few tears from pain while in ICU, but I’ve actually had so so many happy tears throughout this experience. I’ve never had so many happy tears in my life! It’s even hard for myself to wrap my head around how I’m being so positive about all of this, but it’s coming so naturally to me. I can say with confidence that I haven’t had any negative thoughts, it's amazing.
I know that everything happens for a reason. This is all a part of God’s plan for me. I’m walking with God through it all. Prior to my accident I was very healthy, getting strong in the gym, doing yoga, meditating.. doing so many things that are helping me recover so easily right now. It’s like God was training me for this. The support and love I have been getting brings me to tears of joy. Again, so many happy tears!! I am so blessed. I’m going to snowboard again. I’m going to be back in the gym as soon as possible, even if it’s in a wheelchair at first. I’m going to be doing everything and more than before. I know I'm going to have a huge success story. And with all of this, I want to help people. I grew up my whole life wanting to help people, and now I know I can do that. I’m fighting though this with all that I have inside of me. Anyways it’s just a body... I’m still Amanda.
While Amanda can put in the hard work toward recovery, the rest of us can make meals, do laundry, run errands, and most importantly pray. Pray for the doctors and therapists. Pray for her parents Doreen and Brian to remain strong in hope and faith. Pray that God's light and love continue to shine down on Amanda through this journey. We have provided an opportunity for those who would like to contribute financially to help with the uncovered medical bills, house renovations, handicap equipment, and unplanned expenses they are incurring during this time. Thank you for supporting the McCoy family. WE BELIEVE!!!
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