Kristen’s Story

Kristen Rose’s world was forever changed on October 15, 2012, when she was in a catastrophic auto accident due to a “recall tire.”

She had borrowed a friend’s SUV and was traveling on I-85 SB headed to her second job when her driver rear tire tread separated causing her SUV to flip six times, ejecting her out of the rear trunk window.

 

She was life-flighted to Atlanta Medical Center and was in the hospital for several weeks.

Her hip and pelvis were shattered, she was burned severely from road rash, and her head was busted open, severely losing blood. A metal plate, screws, and 56 staples were inserted into her hip, she received 41 staples and 14 stitches to her head, her hair was shaved, and she received a blood transfusion.

Having no health insurance, she was wheeled out to her car, but once she arrived home, she had no wheelchair for transportation.

Fortunately, a church donated her one. As a single mom to a 5-year-old son, their lives changed instantly. She was in a wheelchair for six months with no money for proper medications or therapy. She even had to build a handicap ramp. Everyone was affected.

During this time, she learned about the broken recall system while hiring & firing attorneys until finally finding the perfect one to help her case.

She applied for social security disability and was denied twice until she appealed a third time and was accepted. She slowly self-taught herself to walk again- from wheelchair, to walker, to cane, to now. Deeply depressed and in much pain physically and mentally, she became addicted to pain pills. After a yearlong battle, she decided to check herself into a rehab facility. Since August 12, 2013, she can proudly say she is sober.

After several years of picking up all the puzzle pieces, she decided to turn her “mess” into a “message.”

Going through her struggle alone has empowered her to create a nonprofit to allow others in a similar situation a place for hope, health, and healing during the difficult road to recovery.

Kristen Rose’s world was forever changed on October 15, 2012, when she was in a catastrophic auto accident due to a “recall tire.”

She had borrowed a friend’s SUV and was traveling on I-85 SB headed to her second job when her driver rear tire tread separated causing her SUV to flip six times, ejecting her out of the rear trunk window.

 

She was life-flighted to Atlanta Medical Center and was in the hospital for several weeks.

Her hip and pelvis were shattered, she was burned severely from road rash, and her head was busted open, severely losing blood. A metal plate, screws, and 56 staples were inserted into her hip, she received 41 staples and 14 stitches to her head, her hair was shaved, and she received a blood transfusion.

Having no health insurance, she was wheeled out to her car, but once she arrived home, she had no wheelchair for transportation.

Fortunately, a church donated her one. As a single mom to a 5-year-old son, their lives changed instantly. She was in a wheelchair for six months with no money for proper medications or therapy. She even had to build a handicap ramp. Everyone was affected.

During this time, she learned about the broken recall system while hiring & firing attorneys until finally finding the perfect one to help her case.

She applied for social security disability and was denied twice until she appealed a third time and was accepted. She slowly self-taught herself to walk again- from wheelchair, to walker, to cane, to now. Deeply depressed and in much pain physically and mentally, she became addicted to pain pills. After a yearlong battle, she decided to check herself into a rehab facility. Since August 12, 2013, she can proudly say she is sober.

After several years of picking up all the puzzle pieces, she decided to turn her “mess” into a “message.”

Going through her struggle alone has empowered her to create a nonprofit to allow others in a similar situation a place for hope, health, and healing during the difficult road to recovery.