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Raised by 354 people in 7 months
Our fun-loving Sage needs our help. On 4/18/18 Sage was struck by a car on her motorcycle and sustained multiple pelvic fractures and soft tissue damage throughout her body. Given the extent of her injuries, she will require daily physical therapy for the next 3-6 months in order to regain her ability to walk. Much of this physical therapy is not covered under insurance and will require upfront payment. During this time she will also be unable to work much less tackle the demands of normal day to day life. Sage is a loving, caring, compassionate human who always puts others before herself,
But now she needs our help.

We have set a goal of $35k to help afford some of the cost of her upcoming physical therapy, ambulance costs, and the 6 day Trauma unit stay at UCLA.

Thank you all for lending a hand. We’re forever grateful for your friendship and contribution.

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Hi guys!! Sage here! It’s been 2 1/2 months now since my accident. It feels like not much has changed because the physical healing seems to take such a looooong time.

I got off crutches 2 weeks ago and have been working on walking gracefully again. I’ve become present to how we take for granted that we walk around so effortlessly...until we can’t, and how much mental effort it takes to get back to that place. The walking process has been a bit frustrating because I thought I was making progress but started using the wrong muscles to compensate for the injury, which caused other aches and pains. I’ve had to relearn how to use the correct muscles for walking so that I don’t create other issues in my legs and back.

It’s been quite the emotional journey as well. You start to experience yourself as this broken thing that’s just trying to get by, so I had to make a concerted mental effort to see myself as “fine “and see the setbacks as part of the process and temporary. That said, there have been actual setbacks - MRI's on my back and knee showing multiple bulging disks and torn meniscus. I still have another x-ray follow-up for my pelvis in a few weeks – I just seems to take forever! I never in a million years thought I would be dealing with all this.

I typically don’t share about my struggles but I’ve come to find through this event that when I share, it allows others to share as well and makes us feel more connected and optimistic about the recovery process. This is a very lonely experience, both being stuck in the house a lot and limited by the normal activities I would socially attend but also when I am out, even in a car, there’s a fear that I’m battling due to the experience with being hit. It’s just a very multi-layered long process and talking about it more helps the journey.

As I’ve spoken with others who have been through sudden traumatic events, they have shared their own similar experiences regarding who you expect to show up for you in times of need, and who actually shows up. Most of us assume that everyone has family and friends that show up right away, and stay, but that is most often not the case. Some people actually ghost your life when these events occur. This is especially painful when you're already overwhelmed with simply healing and getting your life details back in order. For me, though the relatives I expected to show up did not, a whole other group of friends bombarded me with support - bringing me food, doing my laundry, picking up my meds, whatever I needed - sometimes just sitting with me so I wasn't alone all day. It sounds simple but life is impossibly hard when you're in pain constantly and can barely crawl to the bathroom. The overwhelming generosity and selflessness of these individuals has directly contributed to my recovery.

This experience made me aware of how many people are not as fortunate to have a wonderful support system and has inspired me to begin working on a project that will pair those in need and without support with those wanting to provide support. Studies show that we experience less pain, anxiety, and stress when we feel supported by others. Through human companionship, I’m hoping this organization helps reduce people’s dependency on painkillers and aids their immune systems to help with a speedy recovery so they can get back to their lives in good physical and mental health.

I will be posting more about this very soon and I would love for all of you to be involved. My long-term goal is to re-create a dependable community network where people show up for each other in a world where it seems a lot of us feel that this is missing more and more. Thank you all again and again for your support through this, I literally could not have done it without you, whether you showed up in person or sent love digitally – I felt the love and it has made me so much stronger!!! ☺
Love, Sage
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Guys! Wow you got us to 50% our total goal! I literally could not have done it without you❤️ Thank you again and again. Xoxo
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Sage here! Wow! We are so overwhelmed with the wonderful love and support that all of you have poured out to us! It’s been a very frightening experience, everything from wondering why I couldn’t feel my lower half to if I’ll be able to run again. Feeling you guys there pushing me back up has meant the world. Some of you made outrageous anonymous donations - like what?!? Just wow. So many of you I haven’t even met and you’re helping a stranger. I received a beautiful lesson in gratitude through seeing what an insanely huge tribe of people came to my aid. To a fault, I pride myself on being independent and this event has forced me to ask for help. And you guys have completely blown my mind - from family and friends coordinating to be on me 24/7 to more food brought to the house than we have room for to being able to ask for literally anything and hearing “whatever you need we got you.” I genuinely want to be able to be that for you as well.
I am home from the hospital now and starting physical therapy to walk again. There’s still a long road to recovery ahead, but with your help I’ll be able to see it through to the end. Thank you all for the continuous love and support through this! I love your messages, keep sending :) <3
xoxo, Sage
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WARNING: this dash cam video of my accident is really hard to watch but I'm so thankful a stranger captured it and my social media community connected it back to me.
Dash cam video of my accident
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