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Laura's Journey

Look here for updates on Laura's recovery from her rock wall climbing adventure.

January 18, 2014 I broke my L1 and L3 vertebrae. My surgeon told me it wasn't likely I'd ever walk again. I spent the next five months in the REHAB Basel facility. I walked out using two four-footed canes on June 30, 2014. I still spend a lot of time in my wheelchair. I wiggled a toe for the first time on January 1, 2015 - 347 days after I broke my back. I can still only wiggle that one temperamental toe and have no other function below my knees and only limited sensation below my waist. These are the facts people think make me interesting and worth reading about.

I'd prefer a different introduction.

When I was in the fourth grade, I discovered a deep and undying passion for grammar. I pursued this love through high school and college where I sought a degree to become an English teacher. Alongside my passion for grammar, there was a love of literature and an intense yearning for a deeper relationship with Jesus. I earned a double major in biblical studies and English literature before getting my masters degree in teaching. I'd hoped to take my high school English teacher's job when I graduated as we had agreed when I was a sophomore in her class, but the Lord had other plans. My dream job was not available when I graduated, and I felt the Lord prompting me to learn a lesson of dependence on him by moving outside my comfort zone. Way outside my comfort zone. I applied to teach at schools in Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Germany, India, and the Czech Republic. I was hoping for Mexico or Germany, and Germany offered me the job first. I moved to Germany without knowing a word of German (aside from a few salty unusable terms I picked up in The Book Thief) in August 2013 to teach English and Bible at Black Forest Academy.

The position was better than my dream job, and I loved everything about working at BFA. The weekend before the first finals week I worked here, I went to an indoor rock climbing facility with a few friends and never made it home. I fell from the top of the rock wall and broke two vertebrae. I asked the Lord to heal me, and he has and is in the most unexpected and beautiful way. 

I still work at BFA though only part time, and I'm working hard to regain mobility and function through ongoing physical therapy. I've learned so much about my Savior, and I'm delighted that he's chosen to use me to make him famous in any small way that I can.