Inspiring: Woman becomes fitness instructor despite paralysis
In 2000, Tiphany Adams's life changed forever when she was involved in a horrific car accident. Only 17 at the time, Tiphany recalled clicking the seatbelt in place and moving it behind her shoulder.
This small detail may have saved Tiphany's life, as the seatbelt probably would've decapitated her during impact if it had been fastened correctly. While she was on the road, a drunk driver caused the crash by driving into her car at high speed. Tiphany and the other vehicle occupants were initially believed to be dead, but the 17-year-old then started showing some signs of life — she was the only one to survive. Yet although she was still alive, the crash left her in a coma for three weeks.
Unfortunately the accident also rendered Tiphany paraplegic. "After the accident, I needed to find healthy ways to cope with the trauma," said Tiphany. That's why she started focussing on going to the gym. As well as keeping her physically healthy, working out was beneficial to Tiphany's mental well-being. It also helped her find an outlet to channel her emotions: "It was my release."
Aside from going to the gym, Tiphany practiced yoga, pilates, and dance moves. "Most people would assume the accident would hinder my plans. But it was a catalyst, literally pushing me into my purpose," said Tiphany.
In the years following the accident, Tiphany studied childhood development and psychology before going on to work as an elementary school teacher and fitness instructor. Refusing to give up on her childhood dream, she also decided to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
In 2012, she starred in the hit reality show "Push Girls" which featured four women who had been left paralyzed through illness or injury. By chronicling their lives, the series provided a deeper insight into the challenges that paraplegics face on a daily basis.
Tiphany is currently writing a book about her experiences and speaks publicly about the dangers of alcohol. She is also involved in a number of other projects including her own weekly live broadcast.
"I felt compelled to begin these projects in the hope that my experiences would heal the hearts of others," said Tiphany. "I'm always looking for a way to share my story, to inspire, and to spread the message of inclusion." What a remarkable woman!