#WeSeeYou: Paralyzed Woman Inspires With Second Chance At Life

(Photo credit: @alexiiisj_ instagram)

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a common phrase that many people know and recite, but few actually live by it.

Enter Alexis, who by all means has every right to be sour at life for the lemons thrown her way, but she chose to bask in the sweet taste of life instead. Alexis was in a car accident just when she was a young girl that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She has taken that truth and made a great mark on her life by showcasing her ability and what she can do instead of what she can’t.

The beautiful recent college graduate shows her appreciation for life on her social media. Here’s what and why she believed it happened in her own words.

“Today is special to me.. it’s an anniversary and rebirth all in one… Today makes 17 years since I was in a car accident that resulted in me being paralyzed. These years have been life changing but it’s not a bad change it’s more of a life altering and the evolution of me becoming the woman I am today. Of course I look confident and happy to you but I face adversity everyday and have learned to tackle every obstacle with a smile on my face. So when you see my smile know that means I’m fighting everyday, for myself and to show everyone that they too can do anything.”

(Photo credit: @alexiiisj_ instagram)

“As December 9th comes every year, some may think it’d give me a bitter sweet feeling. It actually excites me.. this is the day God planned to show his work to everyone as well as myself… God wanted to show me just how much he loved me and that was my second chance at life. I’ve learned so much throughout this journey and looking forward to learning more.”

“From being told by the doctors that I will never be able to do anything for myself or live on my own to fighting everyday to prove them wrong is the reason why today means everything to me.”

(Photo credit: @alexiiisj_ instagram)

Paralysis is dramatically more widespread than previously thought. Approximately 1.7 percent of the U.S. population, or 5,357,970 people reported they were living with some form of paralysis,…