Svetlana’s 5 Fitness Questions with Michelle Salt

“One year ago today, my life changed when I lost control of my motorbike and hit a guardrail. Upon impact, I broke 13 bones, punctured a lung, bruised my spleen and severed my femoral artery. 3 complete strangers didn’t hesitate to stop, call 911 and lay on the ground with me while I almost bleed to death. Only minutes later, my mom with my sister over for a visit, received a call every parent dreads… The hospital asking my full legal name.

I was flown to the foothills by STARS with only minutes to spare and immediately rushed into my first surgery of many. Within hours, most of my family and close friends were by my side holding my hand praying for a good outcome. Breathing tubes, noisy machines and ivs crowded my ICU room. My fate was left in the hands of blood donors, surgeons, nurses and God.

3 days later, when I started realizing what was happening and frustrated I couldn’t breathe on my own, my family started fueling a fire inside of me. For hours, they would talk to me telling me I was strong and would do big things with my life. It was never a question of how I would make it through this. They rarely left my side and every time I went into surgery, they were impatiently waiting by the phone to hear if it was successful. 36 hours after I hit that guardrail, they were told I would lose my right leg above the knee. Most families would worry and talk about the what ifs but not my family. They smiled and shared stories and started a journal writing heartfelt letters and the things I wouldn’t remember.

A week after my accident, when I was could breathe on my own again, someone passed me a phone with access to fb and I was able to see what each of you had done for me. Emails, letters, a prayer page and posts on my wall. I remember sitting there reading the well wishes with tears in my eyes. It meant the world to me that so many people cared and took the time to let me know I was in their thoughts and prayers.

 

I’ve made great friends since the accident.. People who have welcomed me into their lives with open arms and who have never made me feel different. I’ve also had friends who’ve step to the plate when least expected and some who decided to go another way. I’ve learnt some hard lessons but don’t regret any of it!

I have adapted to my new world and accepted this is my fate and something beautiful will come of it. I have set goals and because I’m stubborn, I have learned to walk, run, cycle, swim, drive, go up and down stairs, hit a baseball, play basketball, and snowboard with a prosthetic leg.

And now 12 months later, I thank you.. my friends, my family and even strangers, because you gave me what I needed to see the positive in this unfortunate event. It’s because of you I NEVER GAVE UP!

Today is a day that a milestone in my new life is celebrated. A life filled with opportunities, incredible love and beautiful people. To everyone who reached out, prayed for me, donated and told me I could do this… Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Let us never take anything for granted!”

Michelle Salt

1. Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)
Hmm.. Well I have always been an active kid. When I was 20, I moved to Calgary, Canada and started taking advantage of what this beautiful city has to offer. I became a Realtor which I still love, started running half marathons, snowboarded back-country and decided in 2010, I would become a fitness competitor.
I walked the stage for the first time in May, 2011 and was in awe when I placed in the top 5.

2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?
Fitness saved my  life so it’s very important. I used to dread using the stairmaster for the 5 hours I was sentenced a week by my trainer. After my accident, my family was told that if it wasn’t for muscle armor and my strong heart, I wouldn’t of survived. My goal is to walk the stage again, compete in the paralympics, cycle and kayak across canada and feel healthy again!
3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?
Terry Fox and Cecilia Hoover, WBFF Pro are my inspirations. Terry is a legend because he made the best of his time and did it for everyone but himself. He was strong, selfless and truly genuine. Cecilia continues to amaze me as she has overcome something that would hold most people down and only months after having a tumor removed from her stomach, she walked WBFF stage and got her pro card. That is true ambition and determination right there!!
“When I got into my accident, My parents were called while I was still on route to the hospital. They knew I didn’t have any family in Calgary other than my older sister in High river, so they called my Ex-husband Luke. He arrived just after my Sister and her husband and spent days helping out with what he could so my family could be comfortable while I went in and out of surgeries.
The first night in the hospital, my family and close friends were told my right leg was very beat up and the surgeons would do everything they could to save it. They brought over a main vein from my left with hopes it would take and my leg would have blood flow again. Unfortunately that did not work and the next day, my family was told I would lose my leg above the knee.
That night, Luke went home after a long day at the Hospital and emptied his pocket. He was surprised to find a shiny dollar coin with the picture of Terry Fox.
The next day, he brought this coin to my family while they sat around waiting to hear I made it out of surgery ok. He showed them the coin and shared how he felt it was a sign. My family couldn’t agree more and they all looked at each other with big smiles cause they knew that my journey as an amputee was going to an amazing one.
Terry Fox made the best of his situation and went on to doing great things giving people all around the world hope. He never gave up until the day he died, June 28th which was the same day, 30 years later, Luke found the coin. “

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? what is your favorite exercise?

Chicken burgers! Yummm. I love working out my bi’s and tri’s. Feeling the burn is awesome!

5. What is something most people don’t know about you?;)

I easily get addicted to a good book and will read through the night until I finish it

Michelle’s Story

Michelle’s  blog : www.themegalegfund.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mvrolyk

Website www.michellesalt.com/

 

I admire STRONG people like Michelle Salt!

She lost her leg, but that doesn’t hold her back. This girl really is an INSPIRATION ♥

 

 

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