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yikkes! That's awful.. Glad you are still walking! Can you tell us any more information? Bike totalled? You going to get back on soon... Best of luck to your recovery...
 

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speedy recovery to Beth!
 

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Thank you all so much. Sorry i've been off line. I had to return to the hospital to get 3 ligaments in my left knee replaced. The first stay in the hospital i was pretty drugged and lasted 5 days. Then i was home for a week. Then i went back in to get the knee fixed. My mom decided she'd need to take care of me at a more appropriate location due to less steps.. my aunt and uncle's house in bucks county.
So, now i feel like a lost little child .. some days .. others are great.. Unfortunately today is not one of the good days.

I'm so lucky to be alive. I just really am having one of those bad days.

Here is an update i posted on Myspace this evening. I feel like i wanted to talk, to share .. to vent..

i wrecked on the 22nd of July.
riding up 202.. in the left lane just north of rt. 401
traffic slows in the left lane, and like any reasonable biker.. i look back and to my right to see what cars are doing.
split decision time..
i move to the right lane since it was clear of cars.
the tank slapper begins. (handle bars violently slap each side of your tank, u lose control of your bike)
apparently i hit a patched part of 202 in the right lane just north of the new construction barriers

i drove that route today. just a few sort weeks after getting life flighted to penn

i saw that patch of ground.. drove over it with my car.. PENNDOT should be sued!

i mean the patch of road i hit with my bike is so bumpy it should be illegal. lucky i wasn't killed.

i get thrown off my bike, fortunately into the weeds 8ft. high.. where there isn't a guard rail or other cement objects to make this post a very different story.

i see where the bike landed and was pulled out riping the grass out in a long straight line, i see the weeds crushed where they backed in the ambulance to pulled me out .

i feel for the first time how scared my family and friends felt hearing i had been taken to Penn in the helicopter. that call u always fear from a state trooper.. My mom sits next to me in the car.. tears in her eyes..

apparently i have an addiction to motorcycles. i can't wait to get back on and ride. so much so that it adds insult to this injury of mine. I Can't WALK for at least 6 weeks. my family and friends scared for my life and my well being.. i tell them.. i will ride again and i see tears in their eyes.. yet i can't stop thinking about riding and the next time i get to feel alive again.

i dislocated my left knee. broke 4 ribs, collapsed the lower right lobe of my lung and lacerated my liver. The internal injuries will heal themselves. i'm an athlete.. i do plan to be back stronger. i fear tho losing my lifetime loves.. who and what do i become without my activities. so many friends so many years playing volleyball and mountain biking and this passion of riding motorcycles..

i tore my ACL, MCL and PCL . I now have 2 more weeks to keep my leg straight . sitting. waiting. stirring, wanting,

the MCL was reattached to my bones with screws. it has to heal and reattach to my body. the other 2 were replaced completely with cadaver ligaments.. they will eventually be strong again.
yet here i sit .. i feel like a 12 year old again, having to be taken care of
i appreciate it, i just don't know what each day brings. i thought today i'd get to start PT, was told ... 2 more weeks to heal.. then passive therapy begins.

i've been so strong and positive up to this point. it is now officially a struggle.

so many friends visited, donated, brought gifts and helped move furniture so i could be more comfortable.
i appreciate all who've helped and sent good thoughts and get well wishes and prayers.
i want so badly to say to my loved ones.. i won't put you through this again. this is the struggle a biker has to deal with? this is what we go through when we have a serious accident.. anything can happen at any time doing any sport or even driving in the car or walking along the sidewalk or riding your bikes.. yet, my loved ones chastise me for riding the motorcycle.

Please watch out for us.. please understand that the smallest miscalculation could be our last. i am so thankful to the witnesses who stopped to search for me in those weeds and called for help. I couldn't move, i could barely breathe. glad i didn't have to try to reach my cell phone in my leathers.

my love goes out to all we've lost along this journey. RIP so many bikers i have known and never got a chance to know.

apparently i'm still supposed to be here for some reason. the cement i could have hit at over 70 mph was less than 20 feet from where my good friend and soon to be mommie of a baby boy found peices of my bike. she's a biker top u see. i fear for unborn Lane and what might or might not happen when GC and i get back on these amazing machines we love to ride so much.

Bikers if anyone still is reading my story
Slow it down a bit.. don't ride too close to the cagers, see your path is clear and wear your gear. I'd not be here if i was one of the fools who doesn't wear a lid. It could be different .. i could have landed on my neck instead of my knee.. but the lid still saved me from tearing up my face or losing and eye or worse. These seconds are precious. Thanks for this space !
 

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Glad to see you back Dirtdiva, and thanks for sharing your story.

Motorcycling is an addiction for most of us here, so I can understand why you want to get back on. I hope you can help your family work through their fears and be supportive of your decision to ride again, if that's what you choose to do. This sport is dangerous, as I keep trying to tell all the young hot-heads I ride with. But many sports are dangerous. You have to weigh the risk against the enjoyment & passion and make your own judgment on whether it's worth it.
 

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here, here :cheers

a wonderful and inspiring post beth. keep your chin up because everything has a way of working out for the better to good people :)
 

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Beth, thank you for the truely touching story of your accident. That's a very personal issue for you and for you to share with complete strangers is amazing.
I too had the same issue with my family and loved one's when I went down, I told them that it was something that I wanted to do and I will be more careful and will continue to wear the gear.
Keep your chin up, it will get better, I promise. If you haven't had them already you will probably have dreams of the accident and with time they will go away.
I'm just thankful to see you on the board and keeping us up to date with your progress.

Alway's
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thanks all!! posting helped me realize others have gone through this same type of struggle.. that gives me some strength..
 

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Thanks all.. It's been a month and 2 days since the accident. I haven't walked .. use crutches now .. except today i slipped and i hyper extended my bad knee. I'm pretty scared at the moment. But every bike i see i want to jump on!

Fortunately many of my friends bikes are down at the moment.. so i don't feel so left out.. how awful is that?
Guess i'll be back riding next season. But as of now i'm heavily involved in www.chicriders.com trying to recruit more women to ride with us in PA and hang out and have some meetings.. parties etc.
I'm also helping out with a charity to raise money for the 9-11 rescue workers and their families.

See hyperlink below if your interested in the Charity:
http://www.active.com/donations/fundraise_public.cfm?key=PlumKrazyDre&CFID=15746466&CFTOKEN=50102473
On September 16, 2007 George Martin, former NY Giants defensive end and Super Bowl champion will begin a Journey for 9/11, a walk across the United States to benefit rescue and recovery workers who went to Ground Zero following the September 11th terrorist attacks. The Journey starts at the New York City’s George Washington Bridge and finishes at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

His goal is to raise a minimum of $10 million to provide health care services for the brave men and women who went to Ground Zero during the weeks and months following the September 11th attack. Many of the rescue and recovery workers suffer from rare respiratory illnesses, asthma, chronic sinusitis and other debilitating conditions. Several have not only lost their health but health benefits as well. They rely on Social Security and the generosity of friends and family members.

I am honored to be a part of this worthy cause. Please help support this extraordinary Journey. If you’d like to make a donation, please visit "A Rider for a Cause". All proceeds will go to “a Journey for 9/11” Fund.
 

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It's only been a little over a month. You need time to heal & time is on your side. Relax and let your body heal so you can come back stronger than ever. Good idea keeping occupied with chicriders. :cheers
 

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Sorry I missed this...omg...*hugs Diva* I'm glad you are still with us! Gah, work gets me at the most inopportune times I tell you. I agree with the addiction thouhg, fully. I've had 2 dumps since 1988 and yet I am still here riding on an even b***** bike than the ones I went down on. You never seem to grow out of it, no matter how hurt you end up.
 

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Well... since i've been recovering.. everyone in the sport bike community is soo amazing..

i'm walking now.. and riding bitch with whomever will take me.. since i'm now President of Pennsylvania Chic Riders. go figure.. if any ladies would like to join.. i'm still planning rides.. as you see below.. email me [email protected]
or on myspace at MySpace.com - PA Chic Riders - 99 - Female - Pennsylvania - www.myspace.com/pachicriders .. we really do love all the ladies who ride...

here is our ride from this Sunday to Ephrata .. probably the last ride of the season.. (it was a bit dicey out there)

 

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DirtDiva said:
...(it was a bit dicey out there)
It was so beautiful though, even for early in the morning. The only thing that worried me was the nuts (whatever kind) laying in the road. I know if you seen them, you were pointing them out, then I was pointing out to Dre. Other than those couple spots though, it was an awesome morning.
 

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i wish i could have been there ladies. it looks like it was a good ride, even if there were some sketchy parts...i'm going on my first ride since my accident this coming saturday...i wish y'all could come up for that :)
 
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