JULIE EBERTING

            Julie was born in Dallas, lived in Perryton and spent her formative years in Borger.  Upon graduation from high school, Julie became a barber and spent the next ten years trimming, tinting, and tidying the heads and beards of Borger while attending Frank Phillips College.  Eventually, life led Julie to Amarillo and to Amarillo College where she received an Associates degree in Nuclear Medicine.  During this time period, Julie also started a family.

            In 1996, now the mother of two young sons and education in hand, Julie went to work as a tech in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System.  Therefore, by 2004, Julie had become a Supervisor, and also the Radiation and Safety Program Coordinator.

            Julie is absolutely beautiful.  Her smile is one of pure enchantment—a smile that warms your heart and fills your soul with sunshine.  One would surmise when seeing her beautiful smile that her life has been one of total joy with none of life’s routine ups and downs.  But, of course, that is just in the “magical kingdom.”

            Her job was in tune, her home was in order, and her sons were healthy and happy.  Her life was truly magical in the kingdom…then, in a blink of an eye...on April 17, 2004, Julie was driving on the Fritch highway, with her oldest son asleep in the seat beside her.  That is when she fell asleep at the wheel.  The car, of course, went off the road with Julie awakening just before impact.  Fortunately, her son stayed asleep, and being so relaxed, he was not injured.

Julie, however, had braced herself.  Her back and wrist took the full impact as the car rolled.  Julie and her son were suspended in the overturned vehicle.  While Julie hung upside down in the wrecked car feeling her legs go numb, her son broke the window glass, crawled out and ran for help.

Julie’s description of the feeling is like slurping syrup through a straw.

When LifeStar arrived, it took them one hour to cut Julie from the wreckage.  In tremendous pain, she was flown to Northwest Texas Hospital where Dr. Gentry performed 10 hours of surgery to repair her back.

Transferring to BSA the following Monday, wrist surgery was performed.  Julie was transferred to the Neurology Unit of BSA to start extensive rehabilitation.  Fortunately, the dimmed lights of Julie’s magical kingdom once again began to brighten when after two months of hospitalization, Julie was told she would be going home.

            Combine home with the warming word friendship.  However, home for Julie now meant something totally different and foreign.  When a caseworker had evaluated Julie’s home for her needs, certain modifications were made mandatory before Julie could return.  Cupboards had to be rearranged, a bathroom had to be redone, doors had to be widened, and floors had to be installed that would be compatible with a wheelchair bound individual.

            Oh yes – Julie is now wheelchair bound.  Looking at the mandatory modification needs always raises the questions of who, how and when.  Who will do the work?  How can we meet the remodeling costs?  When will the work be done?  Will I see home again?

            When the mandatory needs and modification requirements were presented, living friendship arrived on the doorstep of the Eberting household.  Family and friends lived their friendship.  Cupboards were rearranged, flooring was installed, doors were widened and the bathroom was totally revamped.  All the labor was performed by family and friends.  But, how do we pay for the materials?

            One of Julie’s rehabilitation caseworkers suggested to Julie that she contact Second Chance Foundation, a foundation that quietly pursues the path of providing for needs for a second chance in life.  The Second Chance Foundation paid for all the material required to modify Julie’s home in order for her to not only return to her home, but also to continue to pursue her goals in life.

            Julie arrived home to see the remodel that was done with loving hands on June 30, 2004.  Though wheelchair bound at the moment, Julie, with her second chance in life, is pursuing an online degree in Nuclear Medicine from the University of Phoenix.  She can move about in her home, care for her growing sons and looks forward to one day receiving not only a Bachelor’s degree, but also a Masters degree.  Then, she might possibly teach Nuclear Medicine.

Diann.Brown@bsahs.org