20-year-old Lauren from San Diego, faced a traumatizing phase in her life last year when she lost her arm in a moped accident.
Recalling her accident, she said,
I was going pretty fast on a moped and lost control of it, and I hit the median in the road. I flew off and hit a sign and it sliced my arm off. I stayed conscious the whole time.
It was her luck that a police officer who had just received tourniquet training was present at the place where her accident took place. Lauren was in shock and she thought she won’t survive.
I remember I asked the cop, ‘Hey, am I gonna die?’ and he said, ‘No, you’ll be fine.
It was social media that helped her cope with this phase and get back to a normal life.
During the initial days, jokes used to irritate her but gradually Lauren herself started telling jokes and laughed out all her sorrows.
For a while, I wasn’t okay with the jokes. But then I started telling the jokes, and it’s kind of helped.
Since the accident, Lauren shares more and more of her pictures on the internet.
I have never really hid it. People don’t see that very often, so a lot of people DM me to tell me it’s really helpful to them, people who are also missing limbs or are disabled.Lauren’s spirit towards life deserves a salute. Laughter is the best medicine. You can get over even the most terrible thing if you don’t forget to smile. Lauren is an inspiration for us to live a better life.