29 May '11, 2pm

Cycling survivor: A post-crash meditation on what really matters

Cycling survivor: A post-crash meditation on what really matters

Be more human, less of a machine. Also, wear a helmet. Photo: Jorgen Schyberg I was badly injured in a bike accident on April 13. Eyewitness reports differ, but it's likely that a car ran over my head, and it's more than likely that the helmet clasped around my head saved my life. The temporal bone on my head's right side is fractured, with associated hearing damage. The right side of my face has palsied temporarily, leaving me with half a smile and a right eye that cannot wink or close by itself. Several notches in my spine were fractured, but the cord itself is intact. My left shoulder blade is broken. As for the me that's inside of all this, I feel both more afraid and more alive than I did before the accident. More afraid because the memory of the accident is so violent in the near rearview, and I can't help but wonder if violent memories will shadow me as I try to mov...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-05-27-cycling-survivor-...

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