Hi I’m Reid! I’m a TCNJ grad in my early twenties. I was a Communication Studies major with a focus in public and mass media and have a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I am still figuring things out and for the most part I have no idea what I am doing.
I have always had a passion for traveling and learning about new cultures, while beauty and style have always been some of my hobbies. I also am happy to be a born and raised Jersey girl and spend summers down the shore.
At the beginning of my senior year, at The College of New Jersey, I was out at a bar with my friends and I slipped and fell. I was so embarrassed that I fell in my wedges that I tried to hop back up but I had crippling pain in my left leg and couldn’t move.
After spending a long night in the emergency room I found out that my femur was broken due to a benign giant cell tumor that had eroded my bone. Then began an incredibly long road to recovery.
I spent the next three weeks in the hospital and rehab centers with an external fixator drilled into my leg keeping it straight so the bone could heal. The fixator stayed in my leg for six weeks.
In November 2016 I had the tumor in my leg removed. They had to rebuild my femur with donated bone graft, bone from my pelvis, and bone cement, all held together by thirteen screws and a titanium plate.
Despite being in a wheel chair I returned to school in the spring to attend some classes, while finishing most of my coursework online.
I couldn’t put weight through my left leg for a total of five and half months and spent six weeks total in hospitals and rehab facilities. I truly had incredible friends and family who supported me throughout my recovery and continue to support me now.
When I could start walking I had a lot work ahead of me. I began walking with a walker then crutches and moved onto a cane. I walked with a cane for eight months.
At first I was self conscious with my cane, especially going out to bars, but people really had a great reaction to it. People were always asking me what happened, wanted to lend a helping hand, and were impressed by how I was still pushing myself to do new things despite the injury. The cane really became a part of me and for a while it symbolized to me how much I had overcome.
I had my last surgery in October of 2017 to remove some scar tissue that was preventing my knee from bending. After over a year of intensive physical therapy it was time to let go of the cane and start getting back to normal. While I might never regain full range of motion in my leg I am confident that I will be able to live a full life.
I have learned a lot from my injury but mostly that life really can change in the blink of an eye so you need to enjoy the good moments while you have them and create them when it’s difficult.