Photography by Imagery by Carissa
Meet Savannah. She is Beauty Revived.
The definition of Strength is described as:
1. The quality of state of being strong
2. A good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing.
It can also be described as Savannah. Savannah’s High School career is one that every student longed to achieve. Consistently maintaining at high GPA putting her in the Top 10% of her class, Top performer in UIL, Softball Captain, Power Lifting Team and National Honor Society. Life of this exceptional High Schooler was seemingly perfect till her whole world changed within seconds.
On February 25th, 2017 Savannah was headed to an out of town softball game when she was involved in a car accident which incidentally rolled her car 3 times. No one saw the accident and Savannah fought to pull her mangled body outside of her car so passerbyers would see her. With a shattered shoulder and scapula, compound fracture in her femur, collapsed lung, broken collar bone and a torn colon and spline, she was care flighted to the nearest hospital in critical condition. She endured multiple surgeries and procedures and went from being a physically strong girl, to a girl who would have to struggle to sit up, stand, and eventually walk. However through all the pain and turmoil her spirits and determination never withered.
Through her recovery in the hospital every person who met Savannah would rave about her positive attitude, her ability to tolerate the pain, and her grateful heart. She never complained-ever. She made a point to remember everyone’s name and always addressed them with “Mr” or “Miss” She told every person who came in her room ” thank you” for whatever service they performed, whether it was a breathing treatment, X-ray, pain medication, or even the lady cleaning her room or emptying her trash. She showed such a respect and a gratitude for life…. her own life and the lives of everyone around her. Nine months later, Savannah is still fighting to regain full strength and function of her leg. She is working harder every day and NEVER gives up. She pushes through the pain and the limitations to prove to herself and everyone around her that she will not be defined by an accident.
Savannah’s community rallied around her recovery. People from the school, softball and community came to visit her in the hospital. Even then, she would encourage others. She never let any visitor leave her room without reminding them to wear her seat belt. She always spoke with perseverance and determination. Savannah rallied behind her softball team and cheered for every teammate from her wheelchair. She continued to worked hard from home to finish her schoolwork from her bed. She maintained an over 4.0 grade point average, passing all finals and earning college credits in her AP classes. She has never been angry or bitter. Never asked “why me”? She has grabbed ahold of life and continues to fight. Her light shines so bright. Every person she talks to is touched by her drive, her strength and her humility.
Savannah continues to show her strength everyday by continuing her fight to get stronger. With hopes to eventually get behind the bat she continues to support her softball teammates and never misses a game. Her grades continue to dominate and her spirits are higher than ever. She wears her scars as a badge of strength, courage and fortitude. As a reminder to herself and to every person who sees them that she is fighter and an overcomer. That she is a girl who took a horrible situation and turned it into a story of survival and inspiration.
Her advice to anyone else in a similar situation is that it’s ok to be sad, just be sure to express your feelings and be logical in your recovery. Stay strong mentally and use your sadness to perceiver.
She would also like to remind everyone to wear their seatbelt, it can one day literally save your life, as it did hers.
About the Photographer
I am Carissa: A Hippie at Heart, A lover of Christ and an animal squeezing FOOL! I am also a natural light photographer specializing in Seniors, based out of Wichita Falls, TX. I have been married to the most handsome red bearded husband for 12 years , am the mother of 2 gorgeous girls and fur-momma to too many animals any one person should claim. I love to garden and attending ALLLL of my kids sporting events! I thrive off of doing fun innovative shoots with my cute little reps. I strongly encourage woman ran entrepreneurship and push communityversus competition. I love rolling in the wildflowers to get that oh-so-perfect shot and chase the golden light every chance I get! I love the relationships and the bonds I make with all of my seniors AND with their mommas! I also love binge-watching TV during my marathon editing sessions. Although Senior Photography was never in my wildest dreams to be my career of choice; I have to say, I have found pure joy in my job. I live my life by my business model. Be A Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons!