From the Beginning...In October of 1990, I was a “strong, happy-go-lucky, 19 year-old,” who was newly-enlisted in the U.S. Navy, left my ship in the San Diego Harbor in order to go mail a letter to my sweetheart back home. On the return walk to my post, a young, male diver from a neighboring ship offered me a ride. Now I'm only 5’3″ but back then I could benchpress 155lb and am still a peppy little spitfire of a woman. Here, I thought I could handle myself in nearly any situation. This would prove to be a huge mistake, and in turn, allow my fathers words to ring with truth,
"Dana Leigh you are too macho for your own good."
I really should have listened.
The grim tale reads straight from a fictional headline, "That fateful night of October 25th, 1990, a young man of eighteen, violently attacked, raped, and thrust a fellow sailor off the 75-foot high Sunset Cliffs of Point Loma, CA..."
Now a retired, Disabled United States Veteran, I have made it my mission to not only help others overcome their own challenges in life, but to inspire them and those around them that anything after a life-changing injury like mine, is completely possible.
I am indeed recovering from what was once said impossible to do: I am healing a severe brain injury and spinal cord injury, all while getting back on my feet again.