Hi! I’m Calista.
Few hours after this picture was taken, I committed a mistake which resulted in me losing 6 days of my life.
6 days in coma.
And woke up to some questionable situations…
Why is this heavy thing sitting on me? Is that my leg hanging? LOL.
My doctor ordered the nurses to send this to me. He was somehow worried that I didn’t have enough to breathe.
I wondered if he knew; that thing was pretty suffocating.
Long story short, I got into an accident. Broke a couple bones, wounds could’ve been worse.
That heavy pyramid/TV set-looking thing up there was some external fixator my surgeons used to pin me down. They tried to rid me of the idea of leaving the hospital within, in very insistent tone, a minimum of 3 months.
But they were wrong.
I got rid of my external fixator within a month, just 2 days before Christmas.
A month later, I was back home celebrating Chinese New Year with my family!
Looking at my condition, I would’ve totally abused my privilege of eating all the cookies I could without worrying about gaining the extra pound.
But all of them contained eggs or nuts. Allergens. Geez.
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been admitted in and out of the hospital. But every time I come home I am in better shape than before.
Meet my walker, Paul Walker. 😉
I had to literally take things one. slow. step. at. a. t.i.m.e.
See how my pink wheelchair is happily lurking behind? No complaints, though!
Meet one of my favorite nurses ever!
All of them were always happy to walk me around as long as I carried my own bags of goodies. They didn’t even mind me blasting Jay Chou in my room in the middle of the night. I love them.
Now I’m able to conceal my goodies better! Finally had the opportunity to put some eyeliner on and wear my favorite sweatpants out to meet my friends.
The last time I went back, I returned with a lil more humor.
Am I not the Asian Shailene Woodley?
This visit to the hospital was especially memorable for me. When Malaysia celebrated its independence on the 31st of August, I celebrated mine too. 🙂
Fast forward 6 months later, I landed safely in SFO.
If you ever bump into me, you’d see me doing fun things like this:
Hiking and making new furrr-iends.
10 surgeries and countless disappointments later, here’s what I learned:
- Doctors are not always right.
I had 6 highly reputable surgeons reconstructing me.
They told me no one takes their external fixator off within 3 months. I did.
They told me to not have high hopes — I will be dependent. Look ma, no tubes!
They told me to stay away from strenuous activities. Hiking makes me feel strong and capable; kickboxing makes me feel alive.
Take their words with a grain of salt.
- Remain positive no matter the situation.
Yes, there were days when I felt completely, utterly broken.
There were times I wondered why they bothered to save me in the ER.
I was only 20. I didn’t want to be confined to wheelchair and tubes for the rest of my life.
I believed anyway.
I started seeing myself twirling, dancing, and walking my future Husky.
I believed in my healing so much, my surgeons went behind my back and consulted the best from India, Germany and China.
I became the 4th success story in the entire world.
My main takeaway?
You create your own reality.
The truth is — I do not know the full story. All I know is that I did not buckle up in the back seat and ended up flying out of the window. Haha. Don’t be like me. Buckle up 🙂
About the Author:
I stumbled upon the author’s transformation story on Quora. When I opened her answer I thought it would be another physical transformation story , but it was very surprising to see that it was a transformation story of her mind.
Calista has inspired many people around her with her speedy recovery. This is evident from the fact that she has over 4.5 lakh views on her Quora Answers.
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I thank Calista for sharing her incredible transformation with the readers of this blog and with me. I know this will inspire and motivate others to follow the healthy path she has followed.
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