Dana Liesegang

Past, Present, Future...

What Happened

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..."

I awoke from an 18-hour coma in a hospital, paralyzed from the neck down, having suffered several internal injuries and a severe head injury. This was just the beginning of the most difficult and rewarding journey I have ever encountered and was about to embark upon. Today, twenty five years later, I am still working on leaving my wheelchair behind, and now have the ability to walk with the aid of a walker and/or crutches.

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.

What Is Happening

I am living my life, one day at a time

With breaks from C-1- to C-5 (incomplete at C-4 and C-5), I was left a quadriplegic, with a traumatic brain injury, and loads of PTSD. However, my continued growth along the spiritual path, coupled with emerging medical treatments, and neuromuscular response training, have all taken my recovery well-beyond my doctor’s initial prognosis of being forever paralyzed and permanently on a ventilator.

I have traveled around the world and back, networking with doctors who boast rehabilitating, and highly experimental, stem-cell therapies. I have met with Dr. Wise Young, actor Christopher Reeve’s acclaimed physician, who is at Rutgers University on the first Friday of every month to update people on his human trials in China using umbilical cord stem cells.

Check out my book!
my book
My international publishing debut has been available worldwide since November 10th, 2015. Please support local business and order directly from your local bookstore.

If that's not a viable option, you can order it directly from Amazon here. Barnes and Noble here, and Hay House Publishing here.

Where I'll Be Next

Upcoming Events

I will be touring British Colombia and holding a number of speaking engagements. More details and dates will be announced soon. Sign up for my newsletter and be the first to be notified!

Previous Events

I attended a fine lecture by Dr. Wise Young, hosted by StemCyte, that was in San Diego on Monday January 18th, 2015. You can see the invitation for more information. Contact Greg Steinberg at 214.587.1980 if you have more questions.

I appeared locally at Crystal Books and Gifts for their "OFF the Shelf" Author Series, here in Grand Junction, CO. Saturday Nov. 14th, 2015 at 11AM MST for a presentation and signing. If you are in the area, please come down. If you're not, drive over anyway. It'll be worth it! I can't wait to see everybody there! Here's a link to local Channel 5 picking up on my story.

I was a featured Hero of Forgiveness Award Recipient at the 18th International Forgiveness Day at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, CA. For more information please click the link above.

To see a video acceptance of my award, please click here.

forgiveness day 2015
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