Our lives can be changed in a split second, this is something I have witnessed over and over. When I learned of Taylor Stubbs story, I was shocked and horrified, and unfortunatley, it is something that I am all too familiar with. A beautiful, carefree young girl goes to a bar with her friends. What she doesn’t anticipate, is to almost lose her life. Read on to learn more about Taylor’s tragic story and ultimate courage. To find out more about date rape drugs, visit here.
Friday, October 30, 2015 was the day my world turned upside down. I had only been in California for a day visiting my friend when we went out for Halloween Eve. That night, unbeknownst to me, I was drugged in a bar and was later rushed to the ER because I was throwing up blood. My esophagus was torn and I had to be intubated to maintain my airway. I was hospitalized for five days because my throat was so swollen I couldn’t eat or drink.
I was finally discharged and flew home to Charleston. I had only been home for four hours when I was back in the ER again because I couldn’t breathe and we found out my injuries were much more extensive than we thought. I was unable to breathe because my vocal cord cartilage had been fractured and had fallen, blocking my airway.
10 days and three surgeries later, I have a 3 inch scar across my throat and a trach in my neck that is my primary means of breathing. I am just getting to where I can speak again, but it is just a raspy whisper. I will have hurdles and obstacles that I will have to clear on my journey to a normal life, but I can’t help but feel that it’s beautiful. I have so much to be thankful for! I am ALIVE, I CAN breathe, and I’m healing. I’m moving forward and I’m still the same Taylor, just a little harder to hear. I have friends that have been so supportive. But most importantly I have the most incredible family who dropped everything to be with me every moment I was in the hospital. They spent countless hours in my room so I was never alone. It is their love and support that gives me strength.
So today, I hope you all hold your friends tight, and your family tighter. Tell them you love them. Tell them you are thankful for them. Because
that is what is important. And remember that God is good.