Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally Poole.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
On January 31st, 2015, I was driving my 6-week old yorkie puppy to the vet when a hay truck that was carrying stolen hay was in my lane coming at me head on and I swerved to miss, causing me to flip end over end for 75 yards. I was ejected and thrown 50 feet from my car. All I remember is someone saying “say something, say something!” All I said was “help.” I was life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital and took my last breath in the helicopter. I was rushed straight into the OR into immediate surgery. My spleen had ruptured, causing all of my organs to bleed internally. They immediately removed it and repaired two gastric lacerations as well. I also had a C2 hangman bone fracture in my neck, collapsed lungs, a shattered spine and a T12 spinal cord injury, leaving me paralyzed from the waist down. After surgery, I was in ICU on a ventilator and breathing tubes. Two days later, I went into a 8 1/2 hour back surgery where they had to reconstruct my entire spine. I spent 15 days in ICU on a ventilator at Grady and then was transferred to the Shepherd Center where I spent an additional 3 1/2 weeks in ICU and was transferred to Piedmont Hospital for lung surgery to correct my collapsed lungs and then transferred back to Shepherd. After healing, I was able to come off of all breathing tubes and begin a very rigorous physical, occupational and recreational therapy program at Shepherd. I spent a total of 31 1/2 weeks at Shepherd learning to live again. It was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through, but with the support of the Shepherd Center, my family, fiancé and friends, I survived and I am more “me” than I have ever been. Today, I am living completely independently from a wheelchair. It has made me a better person. It has made me stronger physically, mentally and emotionally and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been smooth. I had to learn how to live all over again. I had to learn how to sit up, how to get dressed, how to use the bathroom, how to cook, clean, shower, drive, everything I had ever known was taken away from me and I had to re-learn how to do it all.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I do not have a business/company but I am an ambassador for iLifttees. They produce fitness apparel such as tanks and tees. Being in a wheelchair sets me apart. Most of the time, when people think of the fitness industry, they think of an able bodied person but I use the gym just as anyone else would and workout from my wheelchair.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I would highly recommend it.
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