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Jessica Kersey

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Joined the Endeavor Community: April 2015

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica. I’m 35 years old, and on October 24, 2011 I was injured when I was riding as a passenger in a car that was hit by a drunk driver. The drunk driver had no insurance and was he was very young. I suffered a c5-c7 spinal cord injury when I broke my neck. Although my injury has been incredibly challenging and I have had MANY ups and downs, I see my self as EXTREMELY BLESSED. I have been REALLY so fortunate and blessed to recover as well as I have with the small amount of therapy resources I have had, doctors told me that I would need a power wheelchair, and I would have SOME use of my right arm only, and definitely NOT my hands and MOST definitely NOT my legs, I have surpassed ALL of those predictions, I use a manual push wheelchair 100% of the time, I have the use of almost all of my arm muscles, my hands work great, and I have even recovered in my legs! My long term goals are; I’m hoping to be able to walk with arm crutches at least 50% of the time in the future (my trainers have stated that this is a 100% realistic goal for me) currently I can take some steps with arm crutches for very short distances (5-10 steps) but I need to build up my endurance so that I can get to my goal, other then being able to walk 50% of the time in the future, and part of that goal is I really would love to be able to make my way down the isle, walking unassisted with my arm crutches when I get married, I have put off get married all these years in hopes of being able to do that.

I have recently been able to do more exercises DAILY with the home program that my trainer Rachel Kahn set up for me, so that when I’m not able to afford to come in to the studio, at the very least I can be working towards my goals at home, and right now I just haven’t been able to afford to come in very often at all. I do a custom home program that Rachel made for me, and I can do on my own it at home everyday, I also have an FES bike I ride daily as well to prevent muscle loss.

I have a dog that I bring everywhere with me (you may have seen us) and he’s the absolute light of my life, I adopted him 2 years ago when I was in San Diego, hence why I decided To name him “Diego”, he’s a beautiful grey doxiepoo (mini dachshund toy poodle mix) he’s my best friend and he never leaves my side- he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Before I was injured I had an online eBay store where I sold designer women’s clothing, and I would love to be able to get back to doing that in the very near future. In addition to that, more recently I have developed a deep passion for dog rescue. When I adopted Diego I learned how many dogs get put to sleep in Los Angeles county everyday simply because they can’t get adopted and the shelters are filled to Capacity- so they have no other option- they are forced to euthanize these poor many dogs. I think of my little precious Diego, he was at a high risk shelter and going to be put to sleep within 48 hours if not picked up - and he is the absolute BEST, SMARTEST, most loyal dog anyone could EVER ask for, so my hope is to one day be able to have a dog rescue where I can bring awareness to the massive need there is for adoption through a high risk dog rescue.

I want to thank EACH AND EVERY one of you for taking the time to read my story, people like you make it possible for us to reach our goals, and without you some of us just simply can’t come to the studio very often at all, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help you want to give, as it helps all of us and impacts our lives more then you could EVER imagine. SCI impacts our lives so much and it can be very hard to see past our daily challenges and sometimes can be extremely dark, sometimes coming to therapy is the only bright light thing that keeps us striving and believing that we can get back what we have lost.
Thank you AGAIN so very much for you’re time and any support.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity, strength comes from indomitable will.”