The anniversary of a miracle

On September 2, 2000 my sister was driving alone at 11:00pm when another car driving too fast came into her lane and hit her head on.  She was Life Flighted to Pittsburgh where she had to have a blood clot removed from her brain.  She had to have her spleen removed and her collar bone was broken in the accident.  To help the brain heal they induced a coma that she was in for less than a month.  She had to have a tracheotomy and a feeding tube. She had another month of rehab where she had to learn to talk, walk, eat, write, and go to the bathroom all over again.  Because she had spent so much time on a feeding tube she only weighed 80 lbs.  After only two months of recovery she was able to come home with us.  Today, 10 years later, not only is my sister alive and well…but she is 99% recovered with some short-term memory loss and focus issues being her only problems.  All of the doctors and nurses were amazed at her recovery.  Considering the extent of her injuries she should have died instantly.  The fact that she survived at all, let alone that she recovered so quickly and completely, is a miracle.



I don’t think I can put into words how happy we are that she is alive and with us today.  We are so thankful to God for everything that He has done.  Miracles really do happen.

Sissy, we love you so much and we’re so glad that you’re safe!

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Jenn Rian is a mom, blogger, actress, yoga instructor, and cosplayer. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of and (

Posted on September 2, 2010, in About the Cool Family. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. How gracious and loving our Lord was to spare Jess’s life and her soul. We are blessed that Jess is with us! What a lovely tribute to your sister! I am so proud of the young woman you have both become andI love you both more than you’ll ever know!


  2. WOW, can I start off by saying WATER WORKS GALORE…=( That was so sweet “Sister Cat”, and great pictures by the way. I love the one of me and you, of course, but the one of baby and I, one of your own? I like that allot too. Thank you so muchm GOD IS GOOD,


  3. It is so hard to remember how much of a recovery that Jess had to endure. I don’t know how someone can see something like that, and not believe in God. We are all so thankful to have Jess alive and well! PS. That pic of Jess and Dominic is absolutely adorable. 🙂


  4. Wow, that brings back so many memories. We all experienced fear, tears, and laughter. I’ll never forget the phone call in the middle of the night, the drive to the hospital, holding Nina’s hand and my breath when the dr. came in to tell us Jessie’s condition. The ups, with the glimmer of hope, the downs with the feeling of despair, and finally the joy of victory! McGrandma from the waiting room (was that her name?) The “toothbrush” story that Nina kept everyone in the waiting room entertained with, Jessie’s video from the hospital, the half shaved head that took us months to convince Jess to let me cut (which matched the half wrapped Christmas gift that she gave Jenn), and finding out that according to Jess…her gynocologist did her brain surgery! lol But most of all I remember the love, support, and laughter…always the laughter that binds this family together. Jess and our whole family are truely blessed! Thank you Lord, and thankyou family for being mine. I love you guys!


  5. PRAISE GOD ~ YES, Miracles Still Do Happen! This is actually my 2nd visit to this post by Jenn. She left a note on my page with a link to this post. I am flooded by the emotion of your experience as it mingles with my own. How different & yet, how much the Same our God is in His mercy, grace, provision & Joy! I love the picture of Sissy&the baby best also… Proof of Love & Life lived in Abundance as intended by our Lord! …even after the Un-thinkable becomes a ‘new reality’ for a family&friends. The 😀 Laughter, mingled with Faith, Hope, Joy & Love, reflected in the post & thur each reply by family is a Testimony to God’s Faithfulness & a Family who Lives the Word & their Faith in Authenticly. I pray that God continue to Bless U thru the Circumstance of Life with JOY that does indeed, come in the Mornin’!
    Love Ya, Susie 🙂
    < "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me."
    ~Philippians 4:13


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