Sunday

Mom of 3 Gets Her Life Back After A Motorcycle Accident

A touching story of inspiration.   Robyn, a single mother of 3 children, was in a horrible motorcycle accident. She was flown 40 yards from the back of a motorcycle.  Her life has never been the same.  Read how she powered through her struggles, needed multiple surgeries and rehab for her broken Femur.  She used kettlebells to make her comeback.  She has shown that there are truly no excuses!

"Meant every word I have said.  Kettlebells and your videos have saved my life!" --- Robyn






 Hi Lauren,  
don't know if you remember me but I wrote you a little over a year ago because I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident.  I had fractured my femur and had no idea what to expect about recovery.... It was a dark and scary point in my life.  I was in very good shape before the accident and used kettlebells daily, even the morning of the accident.  I remember laying in the hospital bed and all I could do was Russian twists and push presses in the beginning after the accident but it was my only hope at knowing that one day I would regain the strength in my leg to once again do what I had done once before.  You could not give me much guidance because it was so early on and just told me to keep my faith up (and to stay in touch, which I was bad about!). 



To recap what happened...on memorial day 2012 the accident happened. I was a rider on the back of a motorcycle and a car turned in front of us.  I was flown 40 yards from the scene.  I fractured my femur.  I had surgery that night to place a rod in my leg from hip to knee and a screw at hip and two at my knee.  I underwent 20 physical therapy sessions (till my insurance stopped covering) then took what I knew on my own from kettlebells and a stationary bike I found for $35 on Craigslist. 















I did this all as a divorced mom of 3 kids under 8 years old. With a full time job.  I woke up at 3:30am every morning to workout. No excuses.  In October, I had to have surgery again to remove screw at hip.  I took off 4 days of work and went right back to working out.  This past April, after almost a year of my femur non healing I had to have surgery again.  This time bone graft.  I told my employer and they let me go the next day.  :(.  So, the last week of April I had surgery to try to get this leg repaired....it has now been 8 weeks and my last X-rays (last week) show that it is working!! During this last year I have kept my faith during some of the most difficult times of my life! I have worked out daily...even when most people would want to cry from pain (and I have cried during many workouts too! Ha!) but, working out has always been my release. I have set so many goals and some I've reached and some I have not but I have never gave up. 




8 weeks after Robyn's Leg Surgery
 Mom of 3 small children

I've watched your DVDs, read your book, and read over your blog over and over adding things into my workouts as I could physically do them! 8 weeks out from this last surgery and I'm now swinging my 35lb kb, can do presses, snatches, dead lifts, Russian twists. Yes, I'm using this to brag about where I've been (ha) but I'm also bragging because I'm YOUR student.  I would not have been able to come out of this accident had it not been from what I learned watching your videos.  You saved my life. I still have a long way to go but every moment I'm able to take a walk around the block with my kids I am THANKFUL for the blessings that kettlebells and you brought into my life years ago! 



Thank you for everything... Meant every word I have said.  Kettlebells and your videos have saved my life!

Thank you always!!

Robyn

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robin your story is truly inspirational. May you have a speedy recovery and be blessed with an employer who will appreciate your hard work and dedication.

Anonymous said...

That is the most wonderful, inspiring story that I've read in a long time. I'm printing that baby out and carrying it with me. You are a fantastic role model. Anytime I feel like quitting or not exercising, I will pull out your story. Thank you for sharing it.

Jessie said...

My goodness, Robyn is so inspirational. She makes me realise that there are no excuses!

Robin said...

This is an incredible story about a woman who shows so much strength. She is a true warrior. Her journey is inspiring. Lauren, your excellent training, positive energy and encouragement can change lives and Robyn is a testament to this. Keep doing what you're doing. You inspire all of us.

Inna Z said...

Incredible, Robyn! Really moved by your story, I can only imagine what you have gone through. Way to overcome with courage and strength. Hope it's onwards and upwards for you and your blessings continue to multiple. You've earned it, girl!!

Inna Z said...

Incredible, Robyn! Really moved by your story, can only imagine what you have gone through. Way to overcome with courage and strength. Hope it's onwards and upwards for you and your blessings continue to multiply! You've earned it, girl

Tom said...

Wow... very inspirational. I just read a post on kabukiwarrior about excuses... here is yet another individual who refused to be a victim of them.

Anonymous said...

Robin, thank you for sharing and I wish you the best with your rehabilitation. I have never had to deal with anything like you have, but I know that kettlebells help me with my arthritis and keeping my joints strong and mobile. -Erin

James said...

Wow, what an inspiration. Those stitches look so painful! Are we getting updates? :)

Maggie Malone said...

That was a very inspiring story, Robyn. You didn't use your injury and vulnerability as an excuse for working hard. Instead, you use them as an inspiration to get back to your life. However, it feels bad that your insurance company had stopped covering you on the time that you needed it the most.

Maggie Malone

Kurt Matice said...

Robyn, I salute you for being a great mother to your 3 children. They are very lucky to have you as their mother!! You're tough, full of positivity in life, hardworking and you'll do everything just to have a fast recovery!!

Leah said...

So inspiring, this definitely puts things into perspective. There are no limits :)

Vesta Duvall said...

Getting into an accident is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. But it's as what everybody else is saying, I admire your determination and your strong spirit to recover and get back on your feet after that accident, Robyn! You've set a great example that even if an accident might turn your course a little, you can always maneuver the wheel and continue driving again. Thank you! Vesta Duvall

Kimberley said...

I struggle to organise my life with one child - let alone 3 AND recovering from an accident. What an incredible story by an incredible lady!

Joe Sullivan said...

I was quite depressed this morning after reading all the negative stuff in the news. Then I came across this article.

How inspiring! This incredible story shows the true inner strength of humans. Robyn is one of the best of us.

Mark said...

Incredible, I envy you Robyn for being strong and never back down as a mother. some people who are caught on accident like yours are giving up already. I known some that they already gave up their careers and settle down in their homes.

Becca said...

What an inspirational story and I was really moved by reading it. What a warrior she is.

Fiona said...

WOW! What an inspirational story! I have a hard time managing my time with 2 kids and a hubby helping me, don't know how you did it!!

Gaby - Toronto Personal Training said...

Wow! Such an inspiration to many. I'm so glad that you are able to get through this difficult phase of your life. Keep it up!

Allan Blott said...

One accident can turn a person's life upside down. I'm really happy that I read your truly inspiring story, Robyn! Your journey to recovery is worth telling as it serves as an inspiration to many who are going through the same ordeal. You were propelled by your love for your children and armored with positive attitude and determination. I hope that you keep this attitude. Best of luck!
Allan S. Blott Q.C.

Ray said...

Ouch! those staplers look painful! But very inspiring post :)

Anonymous said...

Wow what a blessing to read before I go to sleep. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you Laura for the gift of making a difference. To inspire others is one thing but to provide hope strength and inspiration is a blessing. May you continue to heal and be blessed with your family.

Jenny said...

You are an genuine inspiration, getting up at 3.30am to train and whilst in pain is an achievement in itself. Seriously I hope your children realize one day what an amazing person their mum is.