Determination – Sandra Miles Story


Sandra Miles

We were so blessed by Sandra’s story! It helps each of us redefine our boundaries, whether self-set, or the result of circumstances beyond our control. It challenges each of us to truly pause and think what words like “I can’t, it’s too hard, there is no way…” actually mean. Thank you Sandra. We think you are a very inspiring lady!

Determination along with the love and support of my husband, family and friends has gotten me to where I am today.

In 1997, I was in a serious car accident that left me hospitalized for 3 months, 2 of those weeks were spent in ICU on life support while I was in a coma. I suffered a severe head injury, broken hip, broken collarbone along with some internal injuries.

I was lucky I survived.

The months/years that followed were rough. When I was released from the hospital I moved back in with my parent’s and continued out patient therapy which included: physical, speech, and occupational therapy. I had to learn to walk and talk again and I was determined to walk on my own without assistance of a cane or walker because my balance was unsteady. That’s when my determination kicked in and I conquered that in the coming months. Today I still struggle with my balance, but I consider that minor now.

As the years passed, because of my limitations I became out of shape. In January 2009 I joined Thrive and was determined to do it on my own. Easier said than done; I failed to see any changes in that year and that’s when I started talking to Jen Erickson (the closest thing I found to Jillian from the Biggest Loser). In January 2010, I committed to work with Jen, I was going to let her kick my butt into shape and I have loved every minute of it! She has helped me regain self esteem and some muscles. I still struggle with discipline when it comes to my diet, but I’m sure everyone has their moments.

Each day is a gift and I have learned not to take things/life for granted.

My advice to people: Appreciate what you have and who you are and YOU CAN DO ANYTHING you put your mind to!!!