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Guest Post: Kelly’s Side of the Story

by Meghann on March 12, 2009

Hey to all of Meghann’s Readers,

Not that you all haven’t heard enough of this but it still is important to drill home the important lesson that was learned on Sunday night – Wear a Helmet!

Personally growing up I’ve always hated helmets. I never wore one as a kid riding around the neighborhood. They are bulky and slightly uncomfortable. At the beginning of the spring semester I started riding a mountain bike to school twice a week. I didn’t have a helmet at first but thought it was important that I buy one after I realized how fast I could get going in the hills of Tallahassee.

Product ImageI went to target and bought a $21.99 Bell helmet (Adrenaline M211X). The cheapest helmets were around $16, but they did not fit me very well when I tried them on in the store. I opted for one that was a little more money because it had a plastic adjustable liner on the inside that I could fit to my head shape and size.  I also adjusted the strap beneath my chin tighter because after a few rides I noticed my helmet would slip into my line of vision. Not only is it important to wear a helmet, it is important to wear one that fits properly.

At the time of the accident the car that ended up on top of me came out of no where. One second I was fine and the next a car was in front of me and I only had miliseconds to decide a course of action. I DSCN2622decided to swerve right (which was probably the wrong decision thinking now). This caused my bike to fly away from the car and me to fly to the ground under the car. I must have landed on my back because that’s where I feel impact pain.

The car then ran over my whole right side including my leg, hip, shoulder, arm and head. I remember the car running over my whole body, but I specifically remember it going over my head. 

I was in an extreme amount of shock right after the accident and I remember wondering if my brain was working and hoping I didn’t have brain damage. After an ambulance ride, a helicopter ride, x-rays of my whole right side, and a ct scan of my head and neck I was cleared to leave the hospital that DSCN2604night feeling weak, extremely nauseus, drugged, and with lots of deep bruises. I have been called rubber woman, wolverine, and a certified badass. But without my helmet I would be none of those things. We all know I wouldn’t be here without it. I will treasure those broken pieces of helmet forever.

On Sunday I was only 15 minutes and 4.28 miles away from home when the accident happened so don’t think you are immune because you aren’t going very far for very long. Even a leisurely bike ride deserves a helmet. It is worth a million times over to feel a little silly and pay a little money to have your life. DSCN2614

Many people have asked me if I will keep riding my bike and pursuing outdoor activities. Of course I will! I think for now I will keep to designated bike trails that are away from cars. I will run as soon as my body tells me I can. I love to exercise and am not one to just sit around. I like to keep active and enjoy my life. If anything I will be coming back with a vengeance. I want to be stronger than ever before. I eat healthy and exercise because I want to live a long fulfilling life.

1 caitlin March 12, 2009 at 11:34 am

YAY kelly! you are hardcore. thanks for spreading this message.

2 Debbie March 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

You are an amazing woman with an amazing story. I’m sure you will be back at it very soon.

Thank you for posting about bike helmets. I hate to admit it, but I rarely wear a helmet. My excuse has always been that I don’t consider myself an avid rider, I just ride short distances in my neighborhood. After reading about your experience, I will be getting a new helmet, one that fits correctly and I promise to wear it:)

Thanks Kelly and good luck to you!!!!!

3 Becca A March 12, 2009 at 11:59 am

Thank you for sharing your story! As Caitlin said, you are hardcore!

4 Kaneil, Balance is Best March 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Wow, thanks so much for sharing! You are amazing and I’m so happy that you are strong and healthy. You’re one smart cookie!

Take care and I hope that you are feeling 100% soon!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

5 fitforfree March 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

What an awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I’ll never go without a helmet again . . .

6 Annie March 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Wow–thank you so much for sharing your story, Kelly. You are amazing!! Like so many people have said, I will never go without a helmet again.Take care!

7 snackface March 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Kelly, thank you so much for sharing your story! You are incredible!

8 brandi March 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Thanks so much for sharing, Kelly. I am so happy you’re okay!

9 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Wow, I am having sympathy terror over here! I’m so glad you’re alright. Thanks for sharing your story!

10 Julie March 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Gosh that looks so painful. You are a trooper!

11 Amanda March 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I am so glad that you are alright! Your story has definitely made an impact on me. I wear a helmet to ski, so why wouldn’t I to ride a bike? Seems so simple! (PS REMEMBER A HELMET WHEN SKIING)

12 angiismyname March 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Kelly, everytime I read about what happened I get all teary eyed and start crying. You scared the crap out of me and everyone else and I am so grateful that you were wearing that helmet and came out of the accident with out any serious injury. Love you!

13 Danielle March 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

So sorry you had to go through that Kelly, but you are spreading the message about how important helmets are, you could possibly save someone else’s life with your story!
Hope you continue to recover quickly!

14 Amanda @ Fake Ginger March 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

You are a wonder! Those bruises and marks are horrible, but geez… I’m amazed by you. Seriously.

I have never in my life worn a helmet but if I ever get into biking, I most definitely will after hearing what you went through. You’d be glad to know that my 2 year old already has one. 🙂

15 Bec March 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Such an important message! I have definitely been guilty of not wearing my helmet on quick rides, but I will definitely be wearning mine all the time now. Glad you are doing ok:)

16 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Kelly, we are all so happy that you are okay and here to share your story with us! Thank you!

17 Andrea March 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

You and your family are so blessed that you are still here to share your story with us. I’m sorry you had to go through this, but hopefully your experience can reach others.

18 VeggieGirl March 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I am BEYOND touched by your story, Kelly.

19 Leah March 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Love this post! I’m so glad you are ok Kelly! I don’t even know you but I felt so worried for you on the weekend. Take care.

20 Natalie March 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for sharing your story Kelly! Your truly inspiring!

21 biz319 March 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for sharing this story Kelly and I will save a link to it to show it to my daughter when she balks at wearing a helmet “when we are just riding around the neighborhood!”

So glad you are okay and hope you heal quick! Hugs!

22 Shelby March 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I’m am so happy you are okay Kelly! I’m so inspired by you and will be sure to get a helmet before riding my bike when it gets warmer out.

23 Sweet and Fit March 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

this is such a great post! I’m so glad kelly is ok! this is really eye-opening for me, because I also hated wearing helmets. thanks for the wake-up call =)

24 Natalie March 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Glad you’re here to tell your tale Kelly! Thank you so much for sharing your story and the pics… it was a very brave thing to do.

25 bobbi March 12, 2009 at 4:27 pm


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26 ksgoodeats March 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for posting this! It truly is a miracle that you’re relatively okay – I’m still praying for a speedy recovery for you!!

27 Sarah W. March 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I’m so happy you are safe & sound! Rough bruises! lets call them battle wounds 🙂 take care!!

28 Erin March 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I’m so glad to see you recovered! This is such a good message, thanks for posting!!

29 Hangry Pants March 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Hi Kelly, So glad to hear you’re doing ok. Thanks for spreading your helmet wearing message!!!

30 Derek March 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Kelly, take the “advocating to wear helmets” school idea and run with it. Maybe start with younger grades and work your way up. GREAT idea!

31 marafaye March 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I’m so glad you’re ok!!!!!

32 Run Saraaah March 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Awesome post and message! When I was younger and wearing a helmet was thought to be uncool, I didn’t around my neighbourhood…good point in advocating that even close to home a helmet is essential!

33 kristi March 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Great post! Thanks for the reminder!

34 Rose March 12, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Oh my goodness, Kelly. I’m so glad you’re OK. Thanks for sharing your story!

35 Erica March 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Kelly! We are SO SO glad you are ok! I cannot believe the pictures. Thank god for the helmet!

36 Sammie March 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Kelly that was a great post. I am gad you are ok. I agree – ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET. You are one tough cookie!!

37 Melissa S. March 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

heck yeah you’re a badass. i mean really, how could you not be?!

38 Sarah March 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

wow, kelly, you’ve been through so much!! thanks for sharing your story — we’re all SO glad that you’re ok. and way to get right back on the horse!!

39 Amy March 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

You are an angel among us. I am honestly inspired by your story and willingness to share. Thank you so much. You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard of the accident. Thank GOD you are well. Keep your positive outlook!

Lots of Love & wishes for good health,

40 meaghen1 March 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm

You are a certified badass and beyond inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story Kelly! Good luck with everything!

41 Jenn (eating bender) March 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Thank you so much for this post, Kelly! I am actually going to forward it to my boyfriend because I have been trying to get him to wear a helmet for a while. I am so, so glad that you’re ok!!

42 Kelly March 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Thank you all! I’m so glad so many of you are saying you are going to be wearing helmets! It’s amazing how strongly I feel about it now. I now notice every stop sign and every person out on their bike without a helmet. You are all amazing too!

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