Hi OCBlog fans! I received an inspiring email from one of our fabulous customers. Teresa was horribly injured in a car crash, and continues her recovery with help from our corsets:) We are grateful to be able to play a small part in rebuilding her health and wellness. Teresa is a 49 year old loving mother of 6, and proud grandmother to 9!
On May 18th 2014 my husband SSgt Panez and I were driving back home from visiting some great friends. Unfortunately, a drunk driver invaded our lane and we were t- boned on the passenger side. My husband and I were injured severely. My husband suffered head trauma along with hand and knee injuries. I suffered a broken chest plate, 5 broken ribs on the right side, bruised ribs on the left, a fractured vertebrate, bruised heart, jaw issues and lots of torn muscles. While I was in the hospital I was told the damages would be a life long recovery. I was placed into a brace that prevented further injuries on my spine. I was told I have to wear it for at least a year or depending on my recovery. I had to do everything in this brace including taking showers. My husband and I were emotionally and physically overwhelmed with this sudden change in our lives, after all, no one ever expects to be hit by a drunk driver on the road. This experience is and always will be hard to speak or write about because my husband and I almost lost our lives that night. However, The Lord, my loving children, friends, and lots of United States Marines were with us throughout our recovery.
Once I was told by my doctor that I could remove the brace my recovery would actually go revers due to non movement of certain muscles. He was right…I went backwards!! I felt pain and discomfort 24 hours a day… that was a challenging time for me and I knew I had to do something to help ease the pain.
I was told about Orchard Corset by my daughter Crystal, who came to visit me during my recovery. My daughter went to OrchardCorset.com and helped me to order my first corset. All I could think about was…I pray this corset will help ease some pain. Once my corset arrived, my daughter helped with putting it on. This is where my story changes!!! I could instantly feel some relief!!! Just like that!!! I was, and still am, amazed on how my core felt supported. I could sit better, stand better, move around with more comfort and more importantly, I finally found something that could work for me.
Today I still suffer from back pain and at times my chest will ache and I do have jaw injuries that are being looked at. But when I slip into an Orchard Corset I can feel relief. Finding what works for you plays a big part in recovery…only you know your body and what helps to comfort it. I have chosen to not medicate throughout my recovery and that is why I am so grateful to have learned about Orchard Corset and what they offer.
I would like to say that Orchard Corset has served me in more than one way. For example, I went through emotional stress because of how the injuries changed the look of my body. I’ve always taken good care of myself and now I had an image complex due to injuries. Orchard Corset has allowed me to wear the clothing that just did not look right during my recovery and made it look like a brand new fashion!!! I loved it. I wear my Corsets everywhere!!! And people love them…and my new look. I am always being asked about my corsets and why I wear them…so I tell them a short story about my accident and how these corsets help with support.
With great faith, dedication and exercise along with my Orchard Corsets, I feel like I am gaining back my strength and complete life. If you need other support because of any back injuries your suffering from…give Orchard Corset a chance, they have changed my life.
I would like to thank The Lord and my devoted husband and children along with my friends who supported both my husband and I during our difficult time. I know what everyone has done for us and how their prayers went out for our recovery. My husband and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Crystal, Saint, Taina, Stephanie, Jr, Evelyn, Juan, Jennifer, Andy, Eric, Jade, Juan jr, Mavrick, Melody, Isaac, Esme, Julia, Teresa and my unborn grandson to be…your mother/ grandma and father/grandpa are grateful to still be here with you all, we love you!
My husband…thank you for your unconditional patience, understanding, love, support, dedication, strength, and for putting my life before your own, and for keeping your promises to stay right by my side. I love you SSgt Panez.
Thank you Teresa for sharing your story!