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by BeeghleyTech on July 11, 2012

I think distracted driving is something we will never be able to conquer with laws. We can pass all the laws in the world, and it won’t stop people from texting and driving or updating a status while driving. It’s our mindset that we want all information now and as quickly as possible. The only way to truly fix the problem is to change the mindset. People won’t understand the real dangers until it hits close enough to home. Someone close to them or the person themselves, has to be hurt or killed for most people to open their eyes. The thing is I feel like there is another way. I was in an accident that nearly killed me; I was crushed under a tractor trailer AND survived.

The only good reason I can come with for why I’m still here is, because I’m supposed to save others. My purpose in this world is to inspire others to see their potential, true beauty, and help save lives. I’m only one person and I know I can’t save the world, but I feel like if I only save one person I’ve already conquered the world. One day at a time, I work through tears and bad memories to save the people around me. It means that much.

I look around at all the beautiful faces around me and think of how much they will miss if they take life for granted. I know that life is hard, but I also know that it’s beautiful. I know that every smile is worth having and every tear is worth crying when you appreciate just how fragile life can be. My hope and my prayer is that I can enrich people’s lives with my story, that I can encourage others to see their inner and outer beauty. Most of all, I dream of making the world a little better so that we can all enjoy each and every fragile breath we take, because we never know when it’s our last.

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Sandy July 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Just saw your article in today’s paper and the Central Station. I didn’t realize until after I had read the article that I had the opportunity to meet this very special young lady last week during the Lemonade Stand for Career Services. I thought at that point how full of life and positive energy you posessed and had no idea of the tragedy you have faced. I must say it is an honor to know someone who is truly trying to make a positive change in other’s lives by telling your personal story. Good luck!

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amanda July 27, 2013 at 2:02 am

Thank you so much! It was wonderful meeting you as well. I hope you’ve been doing well!

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Mary K January 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Amanda, I saw your story on CNN this morning. I am so grateful you survived and are sharing your story with the world. That is a very brave thing to do.

I am a high school teacher and I am going to share your story with my students. They are told all the time about the dangers of driving and texting or talking on the cell. I hope your story will show them just how dangerous this can be. I thank you for being so courageous and I wish you all the best.

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Kim June 8, 2013 at 5:03 am

Thank you so much for what you are doing. I lost my beautiful 16 yr old niece in December, 2012 to texting while driving. My entire family are in incredible pain everyday. She was a very good girl, but like so many others she constantly texted and even while driving. I too would like to help get the word out about texting while driving dangers. I am not sure where to start. Any advice?

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Don July 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

You are brave in the face of your everyday adversity

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