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Prior to the accident, I was a happy teenager who had dare-I-say everything I needed. I had my parents’ love and was studying to be a nurse. I remember some called me happy, bubbly, cheesy, cute, nice, smart, conversationalist and so on.

I was that girl on Hi5 (the pre-facebook social networking website) who had the uncountable number of friends, and changed her profile picture just about every week. I loved getting dolled up, looking my best, taking pictures and knew how to have fun.

Before the accident

The Accident

On Sunday, March 23rd 2008, after spring break, I packed my things, and went to the living room to bid my parents farewell before going back to school. Before I got into the car, I got quite indecisive and even asked my parents if they thought it was a good idea to drive. After some time had passed, I decided to call a friend, who was also going to school, so we could drive in a convoy. We planned to meet each other at a gas station, to embark on our three and a half to four hour journey from Texas to Oklahoma. When I got there, I still felt uneasy and even contemplated leaving my car at the gas station for my dad to pick up. But when I thought about having to keep asking people for rides at school, I decided to get over “this back-and-forth” crap, and get in my car already.

The drive began and I had some Sammie Okposo playing in the car. I started singing “Jesus I thank you, Wellu Wellu, You do well for me, Wellu Wellu … I no know wetin I do, Wey make you love me so”. Not too loud, not too low, just something to keep me awake. I drove behind my friend, and everything appeared fine. I wasn’t drunk, talking on the phone, or doing one of those driving don’ts.

I later learned from my friend that about 30 to 40 minutes to our destination, she looked back in her rear mirror, and saw my car flipping. The cops at the scene and everyone who “witnessed” the whole situation couldn’t explain what happened or caused the accident, as my car was the only one involved. My car flipped over for about 4 times, and it was up-side-down when the ambulance and helicopter crew got there.

My Car after the Accident

I honestly, till this day, don’t remember how the accident happened. I only remember what happened after the accident. I had a feeling that I was upside down, and I saw a police officer in an upside down manner telling me not to close my eyes and stay with him. I told him I felt like sleeping, and he warned me not to sleep. I remember thinking “see me see something oo, I should not sleep ke, what is a police officer doing here gan self?” I attempted to close my eyes again, then I heard the police officer telling me calmly that I had been involved in a car accident, and I had to stay awake. In my head I was like “accident?” He began asking me a variety of questions such as my name, phone number, my parent’s phone number e.t.c. When the number of questions reduced, I started saying over and over again “I shall live, I shall not die. I shall live to declare the glory of the Lord, to the declare the works of the Lord, to declare the counsel of the Lord, in the land of the living, in this year 2008, and several, several years to come”.

After the accident, I was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital in the state of Oklahoma (OU Medical Center). The doctors said the accident affected my spinal cord at C4 level, and about 3 to 4 different surgeries were performed during the course of my stay at the hospital. I couldn’t move my legs or my arms and couldn’t even shrug my shoulders.

Starting Over

I don’t remember a lot of things that happened the first couple of days, but I remember my parents and best friend being in the hospital room, and they all had the “oh God” look on their faces. All I could think of was to assure them that I was fine. Then, I remember asking jokingly, “Is my face messed up or alright”? That question seemed to lighten everyone’s mood and they all burst out laughing because my face was not affected by the accident in a major way. Just little bruises here and there. Hearing them laugh in the midst of the chaos and “fear of the unknown” was very therapeutic to me. After the laughter, we went on talking about how much they all know I love my face and we talked about so many other little things that livened the mood (at least to a certain level).  I stayed in the hospital for a little over a month, most of which was spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and was then transferred to a rehabilitation center also in Oklahoma (Valir Rehab).

I stayed at that rehab for about another month, trying to re-learn to do basic things I could do before, such as eating, sitting without falling, brushing my teeth, holding a comb and so many other little things I couldn’t believe I was unable to do; I couldn’t sit without being held up by pillows, my left hand was in a cast and I could only use my right hand, which wasn’t completely functional because my fingers were curled inwards, and of course, I couldn’t walk or even dress myself. My neck had a collar around it to steady my neck and spine, so rehabilitation was not fun.

The left hand brace was off after a while but I was nowhere near being able to do things on my own. I moved back to Texas where I stayed in another rehabilitation center (Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation) for yet another month of vigorous therapy. There I learned how to do a lot more and began learning how to be as independent as possible on the wheelchair. Over the years, I’ve attended several other out-patient facilities to continue my strengthening exercises and therapies.

Support from Family and Friends

Family support, including support from my best friend, my boyfriend and certain other friends was something I didn’t lack and still don’t lack. During my stay in the hospital and the rehabilitation center in Oklahoma, my parents, best friend and little brother, would travel back and forth (from Texas to Oklahoma) to see and be with me. I remember some of my good days being days when my mom would bring me home-cooked meals, and I would eat it with such joy because I got tired of hospital food. My little brother was a breath of fresh air, he smiled at me every time he came; and just was the cutest and wonderful source of joy.

I remember my dad and mom sitting down in the room, keeping me company bringing up topics that were not related to the situation at hand and my best friend curling up on the little hospital chair and as uncomfortable as the hospital chairs were, they all stayed there for hours keeping me company. I remember my mom praying and assuring me that “God is good, and he has kept me alive for a purpose”. We all prayed together, laughed together, and had some silent tear shedding moments together.

What kept me going through the medical treatment was first and foremost the fact that God kept me alive for a reason. My desire to get up, and get back to my “normal self/life” was also a great motivating factor. My family, love from people (those I knew, and barely knew), and friends also kept me going. Prayers kept me going as cousins, aunties, families and friends far and near all prayed for me.

Speaking of friends, since I was in Oklahoma and most of my friends were in Texas. I understood how “hard” it probably was for most of them to visit me, but those who did, blew my mind in ways they can’t possibly understand. Aside from my best friend, I had a friend who came to see me just about every weekend. I thank God for friends who made me laugh even when nothing looked funny at the time. My eyes were blood-shot red, neck was in a collar, arm in a cast, and I could barely breathe on my own, but none of the people who came to see made me feel less of the “real me”. Of course I had friends – whom I expected to show up – that didn’t show up, but I forgave them. I was very fortunate to have people around me who showered me with their love and concerns that it didn’t even matter who hadn’t visited.

Life after the Accident

I went back to school less than a year after the car accident – despite all odds – and I remember my first semester back to school was the hardest. I had a room to myself in the dorm – yes, no roommate – and I had the manual wheelchair. The first week of school, I fell from the wheelchair and smashed my face on hard concrete! Can you imagine? My car flipped over 4 times, I broke a spinal cord in a car accident, and my face wasn’t affected, but 1st week in school, the face got smashed on concrete! Shame on Satan!  I had a swollen face, lips, and massive headaches for days.

It’s strange but my outlook on life changed for the better. I realized that life was short, and we have to thank God for each day we are blessed with. Do the best you can do each day! Tell and show those whom you love that you genuinely and truthfully love them. I know this sounds cliché like, but honestly, it’s the truth. Live your life right, and keep God first in your life. Remember that you won’t always get things right, but correct them whenever you realize you’re getting them wrong.

I feel happier and a lot more at ease with life now than I did before the accident. However, this doesn’t mean that “I have accepted my fate, and concluded to life on a wheelchair forever”. Oh no, it’s far from that. I am thankful for being alive and well, and one thing stays constant in my life, my faith in God. I believe that I will walk again, but until that time, I will continue to conquer and live this life. The fact that I choose to live my life happy and grateful doesn’t mean I have lost hope/trust/faith in walking again.

I have been able, by the grace of God to go back to school, travel everywhere I want, and do the things I want to do, because I now have a deeper understanding of the phrase “Life is short”. I stay smiling because I genuinely know joy that is beyond comprehension. I came to realize that some things are not as serious as we take them to be.

Life on the wheelchair is not always perfect though.  Recently I was looking for an apartment and I ran into a problem. Most of the apartments are easily accessible; but the wheelchair couldn’t fit in most of the restroom doors; this is the same for some houses and most residential places. I eventually found an apartment with complete accessibility. I’m telling this story because some unforeseen issues arise.

This “new life” is definitely different than what I was used to for 18 years. Almost everything one does has to be planned or done with additional time, and for someone like me who is spontaneous, it took some getting used to. I had to devise ways to do things faster, quicker and be creative. For example, I enjoy being fashionable and wanted to continue to dress as I pleased, but after the accident I couldn’t wear jeans because they are really hard to wear. I found out that most maternity jeans have a flexibility to them that regular jeans don’t have, which makes them easier to wear. I also don’t have to worry about buttons and zipper resulting into skin problems. High-heels are out of the question because I have to rest my foot on the wheelchair, so I pick out flat shoes that are comfortable but look good.

Wheel Chair Accessibility in Nigeria

I was in Nigeria the summer of year 2009, and that was pretty challenging. I really don’t think disabled people are adequately cared for in Nigeria. During my visit, I realized that roads in Nigeria are not wheelchair accessible. Offices, buildings, shopping stores, markets, even schools are not accessible. I understand the aesthetics of stairs in a building, but SERIOUSLY? Does every building need stairs? One day, while in Lagos, I wanted to go into a bank with my friend and her mother, but come to find out, the bank’s entry had about 4 tiers of stairs, and even if I was able to get past the stairs by some manner, the doors to the bank are so small that a wheelchair would not fit into it. Also there was no back door to go in through! I was glad to see ATMs, but soon realized that someone on a wheelchair couldn’t even reach them! Where does this leave wheelchair users? No access to banks? Schools? Businesses? Companies?

I was even more heartbroken to see that the federal capital of Nigeria was not completely wheelchair accessible. I wanted to go into a popular shopping complex in Abuja but there was no ramp to easily take me into the complex. My cousins and a few people around had to literally lift me and the wheelchair up about 10 steps of stairs just to get into the shopping complex. Good thing the shopping complex had elevators, so I was able to explore each floor, but who needs an elevator when you cannot get past the stairs outside on your own?

The Nigerian Government is NOT adequately caring for people with disability, in my opinion.  If schools are not wheelchair accessible, what is life to become for a person who is disabled?  Without education, we know it’s hard to get a good job, and without access to most business places, a disabled individual is more susceptible to being poor, and having to beg for money and basic every day necessities.

I understand that it’s hard to make old buildings, old buses etc… wheelchair accessible, but what about the new things? A wheelchair user cannot get on BRT buses, or almost any other form of public transportation. I am not going to act like I know the bills that are passed in Nigeria, but if there is already a law on how every building, businesses, and schools ought to be wheelchair accessible, but people are not obeying, I think it’s time for the government to start fining and making sure people/businesses pay for not obeying the law. I don’t want to blame the government alone though, a lot of schools in Nigeria are “private schools”, and a lot of businesses are built by regular people who have nothing to do with the government, so I urge everyone out there, , to also please, do their parts.  It is easy to see a disabled person and pity them; however, pity does not bring change when no action follows it.

To the Disabled

Physical disability does not mean mental disability and it’s not a plague. That a person is disabled physically, does not make them less important or condemned.

You are the best person who understands what you’re going through, so let your voice be heard. Be presentable, look the best you can. Get rid of all bitterness – I agree that sometimes people “just don’t understand” what we’re going through. But please don’t make this an excuse to be a bitter, angry, or an unforgiving person.

My final message of hope for people experiencing a similar situation is 1st Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”. God Bless you all.
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Lizzy has a blog, you can go there and see more of her inspiring words http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com

I'm a 22 years old in the nursing field. I aspire to work in a rehabilitation center with people who are physically challenged/disabled. I am also an advocate for "Disability awareness in Nigeria". You can find me on my website at http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com/ or my facebook name Elizabeth "Lizzy" Oke.

389 Comments

  1. yep!

    October 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I am so inspired by her story and courage!

    • Lizzy O

      October 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      God Bless you too. And God bless everyone that has taken the time out to read this. I say a Big AMEN to your prayers, and I thank God for all he is doing through me. I am grateful for this opportunity to be able to share my story with BellaNaija and fans alike.

      I know God is not done with me, and I will be sure to keep you all posted. 😉

      Now let’s go out there and be the Change we want to see in the world. It starts with each and everyone of us. When you go out today and you see a person who is not able bodied, or someone who is not standing up as tall as you are, because of a birth defect, an accident, abuse, neglect, or a disease, Please lend a helping hand to them. It doesn’t matter what you give, nothing is too little. It doesn’t have to be cash or food, it could be a smile, a handshake, a lift, clearing out the path they’re moving along, or just plainly asking them “how are you doing”. If you are an architect, a construction worker, remember to make the buildings you’re constructing/building accessible to those with physical disability. If you’re a citizen trying to get on a bus, watch carefully, look at that guy who can’t run to the bus as fast as you can, and give him the chance to get inside the bus before you do. If you’re a teacher, remember that the boy on a wheelchair who can’t participate in sports could be the best on the debate team.

    • bunmi

      October 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      i love your courage and you are beautiful

    • Inkie

      October 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Wow, like everyone has been saying, your story is an inspiration and has obviously touched a lot of people in ways you probably will never know. Your courage is admirable! In your story, you mentioned places in Nigeria that are not wheelchair freindly and as a result not easily accessible, you also mention that you are not sure if there are any laws or policies governing wheelchair accessibility in public places. Has there been a follow up to that? Just asking cause that is certainly an area to look into. I would definitely love to get involved in anyway possible.
      I too believe that you will surely walk again, you are a child of God and you certainly have the right attitude about this. God bless and sending you hugz!

    • Qutey...

      October 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      After reading I lookd here n saw 160 comments and I tot ‘o no need writing anoda comment dat wont be seen, but a wiser voice urged saying ‘then d message of this piece would have been a waste on me…’ So, here’s me thanking God and you for finding the strength to stay encouraged… I thank you for helping us remember the little tots and things we can give and do each day to make life for others easier, I thank you for speaking up on something we rarely think about….I pray for a day when Nigeria will present equal opportunities for every citizen, disabled or not…xoxo!

    • adeoye babatunde

      October 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      This story is both sympathetic and challenging. I greatly admire and like your courage. God will continue to endow you with great courage and hope. This also goes to those individuals in your situation. My heart goes to you all. Keep moving on. ‘Tunde, Columbia, MO US

    • just me

      October 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      You are beautiful, am not just talking about physical beauty, but internal too. you are such a blessing. your story brought tears to my years, not tears to sorry, but that of joy and courage. Remain blessed.

    • lizzy ilori-agboola

      October 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      I’m glad you finally shared this story..Lizzy-Yetty bubbly nicey….
      It amazing to see what you’ve done with yourself by the grace of God. I beleive we’ll still take more pictures of u standing and walk into golden coral to have some honeybutter…lool!!
      I really hope Nigeria take on this to improve disabilty access. Love you still

    • Femi I.

      October 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Your outlook inspires me. Never lose your inspirational courage and belief in God. He will restore you back to wholeness. Keep the flow of ideas for changing the infrastuctural barriers affecting access to normal services. Every able-bodied person has subliminal disabilities, it just doesn’t advertise itself as prominently. Girl be absolutely sure that God will turn your present captivity around. He will not let you down.

    • titi

      October 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      you are an inspiration to a lot of people! i am deeply encouraged by your story. I believe in JESUS Name that you will walk again AMEN! have faith! dont give up! we’ll do our best to make a change by GOD’S Grace!

    • Liz

      October 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

      HI Lizzy,
      I read your story in tears. I must commend you on your bravery. You are indeed an inspiration. Everyone here has reiterated what I intended to say, however, let me end by saying after I came to the end of your story, I heard a voice saying “YOU SHALL WALK AGAIN”. I believe God is who He says He is, so my dear sister, YOU SHALL WALK. Be blessed and continue trusting God, because as you said’ He’s not done with you” Amen.

    • Elizabeth Oke

      October 10, 2011 at 6:58 am

      Hello Once again everyone.

      God Bless you all for your kind words. My emotions are beyond what words can express right now. I am glad God used me to inspire you all.

      I now have a blog as I don’t intend to stop here. My message about disability awareness in Nigeria, my life stories, and every other random musings or words of encouragement will be found on my blog. Please take a moment to visit at http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com

      Take care and have a wonderful day. 🙂

    • justsayin

      October 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      God will continue to bless you, He would give you strength, He will be ur light in the dark, and every form of evil fashioned against u shall neva prosper. IN JES

    • Busayo

      October 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      I love your courage. May God always keep u and bless you. I believe very soon you will walk again by the power and miraculous mighty Hand of God.

    • Emmanuel

      October 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

      It’ a nice testimony

    • LOVEBUG

      December 2, 2011 at 4:07 am

      God will bless you i pray to God that he will help you, you are so strong and you really encorage alot of ppl my lord my God will heal you WILL GET UP AND WALK I KNOW MY GOD WILL DO IT ILL PRAY FOR YOU EVERY DAY AN EVERY NIGHT THAT GOD WILL HELP YOU AMEN TO ALL YOUR PRAYERS. I PRAY YOU WILL GET UP AND DO THOSE THINGS YOU DID BEFORE EVEN BETTER THAN YOU DID AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gabriel

      December 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Your best time is not yet come. You shall walk again with your two legs.

    • Elizabeth Oke

      December 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Hello everyone…
      I took the plunge and started a fund raising page to get me back to therapy at Project Walk Dallas.

      Please go to the link below to read More.
      God Bless you all.
      http://gogetfunding.com/project/get-lizzy-back-to-project-walk

    • Johnny

      February 25, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Hello Lizzy O,
      May God strengthen you and bless you more everyday. I am really very happy to hear that you believe you will walk someday. Keep that faith and you will receive your miracle.
      Ephesians 3:20-1
      He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
      Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
      God is able to do abundantly.
      “You will walk in Jesus name I declare”

    • Nkwachi

      October 8, 2011 at 4:33 am

      This reminded me of the preaching at church last Sunday.We go through the same things other people go through and die off. But the difference is that great God we serve.My dear you are blessed..thanks for sharing this with us.

    • cleo

      October 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Yes i am…its such a courageous one …God bless her

    • Dr.Neal-Boylan

      February 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I am a nurse researcher and my work is on RNs with disabilities. May I use your picture (in scrubs) for a research poster I am making for a conference?

    • Derick Sackey

      January 9, 2013 at 2:38 am

      Wow Elizabeth your story is a miracle and a difficult as well, Our God is good all the times. You a strong woman and i just wanted to thank you for sharing this story of what God has done in your life and what He will do. It takes great courage and the grace of God for you to tell this after going through a lot. But i wasn’t surprised because i know you did it because the Bible says “we overcame the devil and circumstances by the blood of Jesus and by the words of our testimony. And your story is like telling God’s story of redemption so that others may think about as they read it and either trust in God more or change the course of their lives. I know you are fearfully and wonderfully made, as the Psalmist said in verse 14 of 139 chapter. And he knows you and His plans for you before you were even born or came in to this world, and His grace id sufficient for you. One of C.S.Lewis book, Surprised by Hope is definitely what i call your story and it is inspiring to be as well as all those who reads it. I just wanted you know that you are beautiful you the way God has made you and in the way you feel more as peace and joyful. Keep smiling and giving thanks to God because He loves you and i love you too even though i don’t know you personally, but since you are love Jesus you are my sister in the Lord.

    • Delphine Munji

      March 7, 2017 at 3:49 am

      I read through your story today with so much tears running down my face. I have watched your wedding videos somehow on youtube several times and have been trilled at the joy and spirit that you have. Today when it popped up again i watched it over and over and on you wedding invitation card i zoomed out and was able to guess what your name was. So I google and was happy to puul this story up. I wanted to know your story, your life, where this joy comes from. My dear sister, there is a reason for being alive today. Your story has opened my eyes more. Life is so short. May God bless you more and more. May God bless your husband to stand by you all the way and never get tired of carrying you like he promised on your wedding day. May God bless yoy abundantly elizabeth.

  2. vivian

    October 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

    God bless u……youve been an inspiration.

  3. nwando

    October 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

    God bless you! I admire your positive attitude. It is a lesson to us all, disabled or not, to appreciate life because it is indeed short.
    I wish u a fulfilling life, filled with love and happiness.

  4. fochi

    October 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

    i’m currently waiting for my bar final results. this story has made me stronger because…… he will not let me be tempted beyond what i can bear ……………. thank you so much and may God bless you abundantly.

  5. touched

    October 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

    God bless you Lizzy. I thank Him for your life.

  6. shaday

    October 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

    you shall work again IJN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LL LIVE MY LIFE RITE N KEEP GOD FIRST IN MY LIFE

  7. Abike

    October 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

    wow. tenks for ur story. very encouraging. its really a story of hope for all, no matter the conditions one finds him or herslf in, thers always hope n keep the fighting spirit. God bless

  8. istidele

    October 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Thank God that all these did not happen in Naija

  9. sandra

    October 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I had faith in Life again after reading this inspiring story the word” that Life is not always as dificult as will take it….God bless u girl keep the faith going I love u..

  10. Lue

    October 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    OMG!!! i just had to read this twice………it is indeed a story of hope and your face looks fine.lol
    http://lucianochinwe.blogspot.com/

  11. pynk

    October 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    She is a testimony to God’s great works in our lives. May she continue to find inner peace and go about her life.

    • Dii

      October 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Amen to that.

  12. alyse

    October 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    So inspiring, the Lord will always be your strenght, and you shall indeed walk again.You are an inspiration to many, and i do like your courage.God shall at all times be our protector.
    God bless you.

  13. Dee

    October 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

    God bless you for sharing this uplifting story! Your strength, courage and positive outlook through those trying times were admirable. I wish you all the very best!

  14. frances

    October 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    trears filled my eyes as i read through,tanks for this great xperience sharing and teaching.my prayer is that the LORD will use u for HIS GLORY,amen

  15. HotHalima

    October 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    very touching,God bless you for sharing

  16. Peju

    October 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Girl,no matter what u re still an ‘hot-angel’..Nice write up and I thank God for your life

  17. mee yay

    October 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

    With God there is hope…May God continue to guide you throughout your life…. Pls Continue to inspire

  18. Ruth

    October 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I love you beyond words. I love your spirit and trust me you have made God proud. You are sure going to work again by God’s grace and i sincerely think you have a special assignment from God. You are a message and a liberator of souls. God bless you, amen.

  19. Lola

    October 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

    In as much as i commesurate with you,its like you didnt notice dat nigeria buildings dont take into consideration disabled till you became disabled.i guess we cant feel people’s pain till we go trough it ourselves?

  20. Lady Tina

    October 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

    GOD bless you too. And may he continue to keep and uphold you. The miracle of walking again shall be yours and so may other things AMEN.

  21. linda carol

    October 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

    hi dia sister thanx 4 bringing hope to the disabled, i can u and i know what ur taking abt coz we r in the same situation

  22. ijeoma

    October 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I thank God for ur life. After reading ur story,I refused to see you as”disabled”.My dear I hv nt seen one as positive as u are and sound.I say a big amen to all your prayers and aspirations.Just be still and know He is God. Peace .

  23. Chloeze

    October 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I admire your courage, the Lord is your strength.

  24. vee

    October 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Lovely story..you are so right..more effort needs to be made in nigeria for disabled people.

  25. fatima

    October 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    God i am so touched and believe God nothing is impossible ,you will walk again by his grace God knows best and has it all planned. lots of love and the truth is u r radiant n beautiful…nothing has changed comparing all d cheerful pictures u v here. kudos girl,may God bless us all.

  26. Ginika

    October 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Tears didnt just fill my eyes, I was literally crying while reading this article.

    God bless her and her family and continue to use her. Her story is touching and inspiring. Thanks for the article *now going to my colleague to show some warmth and love*

  27. tinu

    October 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

    thanks a million,”GOD FIRST,AND THANKING HIM FOR EACH DAY HE GIVES ME”,WOW! THANK U JESUS!!! AM HAPPY 4 U DEAR COS U ARE ALIVE DAT MEANS U R GOING TO WALK AGAIN AND DO GREATER THINGS IJN AMEN!WITH UR FAITH U CAN DO ANYTHING.

  28. Truth Teller

    October 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

    You are such a blessing, and a pretty one at that. I must add you’ve also got a keen sense of humour, you got me laughing at when you mentioned falling off your wheel chair during the first week of school.
    I pray that you would walk again in no distant time, it’s obvious God is up to something with you.
    Thanks for reminding us that provisions need to be made for the disabled in Nigeria, I’ve taken note. God bless you darling! (Hope I’m permitted to call you that,i’m a girlie girl too) 🙂

  29. Tiki

    October 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    God bless you for the courage to share, Liz! You are an inspiration to all who are either in a wheelchair, or have any sort of physical handicap. I pray that as your spirit escaped this handicap and has been uplifted by God, so shall He lift you up on your feet one day, that your life may be an even greater testimony to His goodness!

  30. omoJesu

    October 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Thank God for your life. you shall work again IJN

  31. bostonian

    October 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    God bless u and u look stunning.

  32. Hadassah

    October 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    God bless you Lizzy!!! He kept you alive for a big reason…no doubt. A story of hope for everyone… lessons can be learnt by all of us
    You still look very beautiful xxx
    Stay lifted hun.

  33. moi!

    October 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    You are a living testimony of how never to give up! The God who has seen you through all these will surely make you walk again.Keep the faith! Wish you all the best.

  34. Oma

    October 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    your story was in deed an inspiration..txs for sharing …may d peace and joy of the lord never depart from you.we should always learn to leave each day as thou they are our last..leave our best and always remember that the grace of God will not take us were it wont sustain us.

  35. libra

    October 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Am so touched ur a living proff of God’s love and mercy,he indeed kept you for a reason and your really a strong inspiration to this generation dear.God bless you

  36. bukky

    October 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    you’re blessed!!!!

  37. tumi's

    October 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    My eyes swelled with tears as i read this story. I can relate with the writer as i have a brother who uses a wheelchair due to polio infection when he was still so young and despite that, he has one of the best attitudes to life. My prayer and believe for him is that some day SOON, he and you also will walk again. Until then and even afterwards, we ll continue to trust God. Thanks for inspiring all of us and if there’s one thing i have taken from this “is to continue smiling and never take life too seriously”. God bless you and all the friends (best-friend and boyfriend too) and families that stucj by you. Love makes one face even the greatest of all obstacles with confidence

  38. Kay Ayodele

    October 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    You are an inspiration and a beacon of hope. God shall surely give you strength all the days to come.

  39. Dahlia Voka

    October 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Nice story…

  40. Bolanle

    October 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Wonderful testimony! May God continue to use you to encourage and inspire others!x

  41. ty

    October 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    this is the most touching story i have ever read. i appreciate ur strength and attitude. may God continue to bless u and those around. ill put u in ma prayers, ull walk again. just have FAITH

  42. damilolaomitogun

    October 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    This is really inspiring, i wish you all the best in life. I have also being involved in an accident before that left scars on my face which has really affected my confidence quite a bit but with your story i just read, i have learnt to appreciate the way i am and move on with life. Thank you so much.

  43. andels

    October 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thx God for you life, may he bless you and your family and continue to do what you do, stay true and strong, u inspire us all.

  44. andels

    October 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Thx God for your life, may he bless you and your family and continue to do what you do, stay true and strong, u inspire us all.

  45. Damsel

    October 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    @istidele,u took d word out of my mouth.Thank God for your life,don’t worry u are still much more beautiful than people with legs.

  46. Jemimma

    October 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Wow Wow Wow…so so inspiring…definitely food for thought..
    Thank you Elizabeth.God bless you and remember you are alive for a reason…so’s all of us.*hugs*

  47. Nona

    October 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I love ur sense of humour! U r a blessing to mankind Elizabeth. I understand how it is not to be able to do those simple things which u actually overlooked before. Well done dear n just keep the hope alive.

    http://www.weddingsbynona.blogspot.com

  48. eli esi sedegah

    October 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    i thank God u are still alive and always remember u are better off than the dead
    God bless u

  49. Cutie Toxie

    October 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh bless your heart Elizabeth

  50. baby

    October 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    You forgot to mention you are a writter too. This piece is unbelievable. Thank you for sharing your story and I concur on the unfriendliness of those banks with their fake “bullet proof” doors Mtchewww. I heard etisalat turned down a lady who aced her tests all because she has a limp. *smh. When would we stop judging people from their physical appearance ehh??

  51. MaryKay

    October 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    ooo God bless her . We complain about our lives being so difficult blab blab and then God shows us someone with more challenges but still has a very +ve attitude to life .
    I was really touched , thank you for sharing your story. The God who saved your life will give you a miracle , ** watch this space ***
    I have a friend who went through a similar situation but she is based in Ibadan, she went back to UI and finished her degree . May God really bless you both and keep you . Stay blessed Lizzy

  52. Annie

    October 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    May God bless you, life may not always be easy but like you said ” God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” You truly inspire me, and I pray that God will grant you all of your heart desires, you will walk again, remain strong and lifted.

  53. cledges

    October 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Very inspiring. Never loose faith, Indeed you shall walk again, IJN_Amen

  54. 4REAL

    October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am so inspired by her story. God bless and pray your desires come to pass soonest. IJN

  55. 4REAL

    October 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I am so inspired by her story. May God almighty bless and grant you your heart desires IJN. Amen

  56. Sassy Diva

    October 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    brought tears to my eyes…thank you so much for this and please do remain an inspiration

  57. Efe

    October 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Gosh!….got goose bumps all over. Tnx for sharing your story. It just makes us remember God’s faithfulness and his mercy on a daily basis. God bless you dear. Big hug….Stay strong and in charge babes!

  58. BAVA

    October 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    There’s always a purpose for everything in life. I believe all that happened was for a reason. Is this not you, you are alive appreciating life better, giving testimony inspiring the able and disabled; this is obviously for a purpose. I thank God for your life Lizzy. God continue to be with you.

    Thank you to all that stood by you during the tough period (i don’t know u neither do i know Lizzy personally but i’m saying thank you) because if you all weren’t there she will still be traumatized.

    To readers, lets appreciate life and friends more.

  59. nneka

    October 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Lizzy, I cannot stop crying but praising God. Yes, we are alive for a reason and in all things we should give thanks. Reading this has made me so thankful for my life. I had an acident while on holiday in Nigeria. This happened Feb 16th 2010. Just 2 days into my holiday. Up until now, i have no memory of the accident. i was in coma for 3 days and had to be airlifted back to London for surgery. Just like you, the car flipped over a few times and landed on the roof. my spinal cord got broken. C2 and C3. I spent a month also in the hospital and in the end a metal was placed in my spine. Miraculously i can walk and the doctors cannot explain how. All i say to everyone is that im a miracle child and they cant deny that. It turns out my driver was not really a driver but an ex law school security that lost his job. ……. Against all odds girl, we are alive and we are 2 examples of God’s love. Recovery is slow but no matter how long it takes, be thankful. you are still so beautiful. I call my scars my “battle scars” and we have a story to tell for every one of those scars. I wish you well. Keep being strong.

    • A.k

      October 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Aww. God bless you Nneka.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you for sharing Nneka. God will continue to bless you and your testimony will remain permanent.

    • Lizzy O

      October 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      I thank God for your life. Indeed you are a miracle child. A testimony! I Like the look of doctors when you start doing things they already said you wouldn’t be able to do. Same was with my when I started moving my hands, and so many other improvements they said was impossible.
      I say it like this “God likes to show off”. I feel like the conversation goes like this in his head: “Ehen, Doctor, you don’t think she will do this right? Now watch me make her do it”. lol..

      I am happy you are up and walking, and I pray that the lord continues to strengthen you. Share your story with as many as you can, because someone needs to be told that their life isn’t over even if it looks like it is.
      Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

  60. kemi

    October 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Wow Lizzy, dis is really inspiring & very touching. Thank you for reminding me that God never give up on us. You will walk again in Jesus name.

  61. SHOLA

    October 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Indeed you are a story of hope and a show of the miraculous side of our God. your story will certainly give joy and hope to pple indeed truly life is short anyone can leave ds earth in the twinkle of an eye.pls kip sharing this story as am very sure you will win souls with it. sure you are born again.

  62. Ozy

    October 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Really inspiring, God Almighty will heal you than He have done, u shall walk again by His Grace….to other disables, it happened for a reason known only by God and He will forever be with u all…..

  63. Afronubia

    October 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Your story made me cry. Your courage, strength, hope and humour is evident in this article. You’re a special person. Feel like jumping into your pictures and giving you a tight hug. I like the fact that you’re not sitting down and feeling sorry for yourself but you’re up and about trying to live your life as normal. You’re sooooo beautiful both inside and outside dear

  64. MelonX

    October 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    To God Be The Glory. We shall thank him for your life.

  65. miss peo

    October 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    MY FAITH INCREASED IN GOD MORE AFTER READING THIS

  66. Abisola

    October 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Lizzy,am touched by your story(cried while reading) May God bless you and give you your legs back,so you can walk again. Between you are beautiful.

  67. moi

    October 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    GOD IS FAITHFUL, VERY TOUCHING, SHE IS REALLY A TESTIMONY.

  68. Edd

    October 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Lizzy you are alive because God is indeed the AUTHOR and FINISHER of your FAITH
    i know you will surely WALK one day…. Stay blessed

  69. mariam

    October 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    this is so inspiring n touching.i join my faith with urs Lizzy and i declare and decree that you shall WALK again in the mighty name of Jesus who raised the dead.U shall walk again and we will all rejoice with u and testify of Gods faithfulness and mercy.stay blessed girl…

  70. simplyperpet

    October 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    … Lizzy , God has a purpose for u. And I believe in my heart that with this level of faith u’ve got, A great miracle is on its way. Just don’t stop professing healing upon your condition. We can’t imagine God’s healing power…. All the best dear, i wont hesitate to remeber u in my prayers. HE MADE DRY BONES TO COME BACK TO LIFE… can’t u c that there is nothing too difficult for our GOD?

  71. Ade_Cool

    October 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    God bless you really touching and hope you continue to stay positive.I’m sure it can’t be easy but you managed to find solace in your adversity..always said health and faith are the most paramount things to cherish the rest we can handle..

  72. jazmyne

    October 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    im vry close to ur age nd i wish i cud say if something like dis happened to me i’d be dis strong..i wudnt…bt ur story has made me know dat our God is an awesome God nd he’ll neva put more on us dan we can bear…i wish i rmembered dis evryday tho…thank u..4 sharing His love with us.

  73. Olowo

    October 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Very inspirational. God kept you alive for a reason. Continue to shine and be be a light for the world.

  74. Adeola Agunbiade

    October 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Very inspiring and awesome story. Also an eye-opener as to lack of facilities and insensitivity to the disabled in Nigeria. May you walk again in Jesus Name. Just please share the story with us. Cheers!!!

  75. Loma

    October 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    You are an inspiration…and you WILL walk again. But I do hope that a law is passed to urge house-owners of at least commercial buildings to make provision for disabled people. I have a friend using a wheelchair and i ache to think of all the discomforts and limitations she’s had to put up with. I really hope Gov. Fashola is a BN reader so he can read this wonderful article and look into making a law to ease the discomforts of the physcially challenged

  76. chinny

    October 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Very beautiful girl (both inside and out). May God bless you and may you find success in all you do! Everyday is truly a blessing.
    xoxoxoxo

  77. Fiona

    October 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Wow this was definitely a wake up call.
    Liz you are blessed and highly favoured, and all will be well with you in Jesus’ Name Amen.

  78. diamond

    October 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    you’ll walk again and you’ll be in a position to help those that are handicapped because you been through it and know what it feels like. it is well with your soul.

  79. wini

    October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You will walk again. your story humbled me, God bless you.

  80. pelolA

    October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    wow! After all this you attitude still reeks of hope and positivity.God bless you

  81. concerned

    October 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Such a courageous woman and am just loving your heart as I read this article. the problem is there is so much problem in Nigeria that where does one start from. there is gender issue, disability, poverty. My sister where do we start from, all we can do is just do the little we can and hope that everyone joins in. As some who lives abroad and has lived in Nigeria, I completely understand the contrast with the two locations. you have buildings that have been built to accommodate wheel chair and mothers with buggies. all I can say is if I ever have the opportunity to build my own public office I make sure it is disable-accessible.

    I know several Nigeria who fight for the rights of disabled people and I can assure you that this matter has been brought up several times but you know our country, we are getting there.

  82. lil miss sunshine

    October 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    This is a young woman who doesnt want anyone to feel pity for her, but rather she is greatful to God for giving her the gift of life. She is not just an inspiration but in my mind she is a fighter a hero and a gem. She has made me begun to appreciate every single day and stop whining over the irrelevant and trivial things that i feel are important

  83. Tess

    October 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I just don’t know what to say………..wow!!!!!!

  84. Toyin

    October 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Oh girl, i feel u so bad. Mine happnd in 2000. My injury is T9 tho. i also went back to finish high school, did my degree and masters too in Nigeria and i’ll keep doing me and everything i wana do. Nigeria is the worst. i had to be carried up 2 flight of stairs almost everyday for lectures for my first degree and masters. it wasn’t fun but i did it and i did it with a wonderful smile too. keep the spirit gurl, life truly is short. I would love to have ur contact tho, email probably

  85. Seyi Olanihun

    October 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Very inspiring piece…thank you for sharing Lizzy!

  86. spicy

    October 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    God bless you girl, and thanx for raising the issue about Nigeria’s lack of rights for the disabled, i have an uncle who couldnt walk and was basically house-ridden, i don’t think he was able to leave his house for over 10 years, and even his immediate family was ashamed of him, to think of what he must have been going through then makes me very sad, imagine life going on just outside ur door and not being able to join in…thank God things are looking up 4 him now

  87. Beauty

    October 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Lizzy, it has been a while, I’m sure your baby brother has now grown so much. You are still such a beautiful person and your story is inspirational. I also believe you will walk real soon Insha Allah and I will not stop praying for you. Stay blessed my love. Muah

    • Lizzy O

      October 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Beauty? Gahh. Beela’s friend? Indeed it has been a while. He’s a big boy now, and Thank you for your Beauty-ful words. Amen, and take care as well. 🙂

  88. Change

    October 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I am indeed inspired by this article. As I read her story, I couldn’t but wonder to myself what if she had had her accident in Nigeria. A helicopter at the scene, a policeman telling her to stay awake and her rehabilitation. How many Nigerian policemen would do that? I am glad she has highlighted the plight of disabled individuals in Nigeria….it really is pathetic. Good on her that though she is disabled, she has not lost her voice!

  89. Joyful

    October 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Inspiring story. . . praise God for His faithfulness! BN pls I need Elizabeth’s email ad, there’s something personal I want to discuss with her.

  90. Dominique

    October 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Everything has been said by BN ‘commenters’, even Nneka who shared her story.
    (Here i was beating myself up for being single after going through the latest BN wedding)
    GOD be praised, HE is ever awesome, we just seem to forget sometimes, Elizabeth thanks for this tear-invoking reminder.

  91. onome

    October 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    God Bless you dear.Life has not ended for you but has just began.May God give u the strenght ,the faith ,grace to be who you u r proposed to be in life.

  92. Florence onwumere

    October 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I am encouraged & amazed at ur faith & hope & the zeal to work again, i know how you feel i’ve a similar xperience but not as serious as yours & am recuperating at home.Thank you for believing in God when all think that hope is lost. May God grant you that miracle you desire & may he bring your hope to an expected end IJN.Amen.

  93. Car leasing

    October 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I am close to tears, she makes me appreciate life even more, I am asthmatic and i know what it is like for people not to understand what you are going through. God bless her for sharing.

  94. Favour

    October 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Your story is very touchy but I dare say that I really like your positive spirit. You are an inspiration to all who read your story, pls keep the spirit alive.

  95. Florence

    October 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    May God bring your hope to an expected end IJN amen. Am proud of you.

  96. esther

    October 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    the good Lord just want u to pass through life and experience it the way and ordinary man or poor people suffers everyday in one diffulty or the other. my prayer is that God will give u a permanent healing. IJN

  97. becca

    October 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    very inspiring…U will definitely walk again in Jesus name. I love your spirit, u go gurl!

  98. ambercirca

    October 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I am at work while reading this, bawling uncontrollably.But then, I remember God’s faithfulness.He is able to make all grace abound to you.He breathed life into dry bones in the valley and they came alive.God is able to do much more.You will walk again in Jesus name,amen.You are a beautiful person no matter what.Much love.God bless you,amen.

  99. ayodele

    October 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    am speechless…..on word that caught me …”life is short compare to eternity”

  100. AlittleHumor

    October 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “Remember that you won’t always get things right, but correct them whenever you realize you’re getting them wrong” I’lll always remember these words! God has not finished with you yet Elizabeth!

  101. kizito

    October 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    You are indeed an inspiration and motivation.You rock babes

    • Truth

      October 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      I am lost for words! We are all tearing here. Can you be my friend please? Seriously, everyone needs a friend like you!

  102. Lizzy O

    October 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Oh Dear, Where do I begin?

    Thanks to everyone for the Wonderful comments. May the Good Lord bless you all, and I say a BIG AMEN to your prayers. Indeed God is not done with me, and I’m waiting for all he has in store for me.
    Thanks for taking out the time to read my story, and I am sure that CHANGE will begin with each and everyone of you. I don’t have words to express my gratitude for the wonderful words you’ve all written. I am grateful!! 🙂

  103. Joke Williams

    October 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This is a wake up call for those of us who live life as if we are more than a bag of chips. The moral of Liz’s story is never give up in life for with God all things are possible. Embrace yourself, give praise to him for he is indeed a good God.
    God bless you richly Elizabeth IJN. Amen!

  104. Joke Williams

    October 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    correction** to those of us who live life…

  105. ync

    October 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    @Lizzy

    This is Chizoba writing you from facebook, I have known you all this years via Hi5 and even through facebook and you were always a joy to read or see, your pictures were amazing and always fun even till today. Even after the accident that happened, I know that God has a purpose for keeping you alive and he will use you in ways unimaginable to do so. Your kind heart and joy still radiates even in the wheelchair pictures, I know there are days when everything might seem so hard but it is only by his grace that you are a living testimony. I love you Lizzy and you are still a joy always till this day. Keep on painting those nails because I love the pictures, the wheelchair cannot take your girlie side away and you rock them colors well. I know by now you guess who wrote this comment cos it’s Chizzy from facebook. Hugs!

  106. LT

    October 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I had a similar experience earlier on this year and what was interesting about it was I saw signs before the accident.. The accident has also made me see life in a different perspective – So true to improve your walk with God, Show love to everyone and Enjoy life. Hold on to God’s words -Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. and his words further states …eremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future… and finally I conclude by saying There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

  107. Mike

    October 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    “Of course I had friends – whom I expected to show up – that didn’t show up, but I forgave them” thats life right there.Good bless you girl

  108. Rebel

    October 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    By his special grace which abides with us all, you, LIZZY will walk again in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

  109. Dee

    October 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Lizzy mi,
    My heroo!! This is such an inspiration. You are amazing. Still continue to think about you and bless God for your courage. Much love x

  110. Yetunde kennedy

    October 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Such a touching story but thank God u are such a strong girl!

  111. Bature jnr

    October 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Ur story Barvelled me, well i thank God 4 ur life, The God of possibilty & assurance is stil Alive, The God of signs & wonders, will perform wonder in ur Life in Jesus Name

  112. Empress

    October 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    You are an inspiration and a source of hope, joy and love to those disabled everywhere both phically , emotionally and otherwise. I share your point of view in your 2nd – 2- last topic…..Nigeria needs a change. God will give you more strengths to uphold your faith in Him.

    To everyone out there, lets appreciate God more by seeing him in the eyes of the less privelaged in the society…..”DON’T WALK PASS THE NEEDY”….

  113. Ayomi

    October 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I am glad with your words of encouragement, I am also physically challenged, Can I meet you pls, I want you to come and give a talk in a physically challenged concert coming up soon. inbox me your number

  114. Babs xtianah

    October 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Waoh!i luv her faith.I pray u walk ijn..ts wel wf u.

  115. Ayomi

    October 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    inbox me your number on [email protected]

  116. Kelvin

    October 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Lizzy have you heared of Christ Embassy healing school? Goggle christembassyhealingschool.org. Its free of charge and i want you to do everything possible to go there. I have seen miracles with my own eyes.
    God bless you.

  117. Eve

    October 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    What can i say Lizzy! you are indeed a rare gem! You are an inspiration to everyone out there who thinks their problems mean the end of the world. I just dont kno how u do it; i dont know how u could stay so positive despite all of these and this is what amazes me about you!! On the other hand, deep inside me, i do know the answer. Girl, i kno its the God in you!!! I love your commitment to God and i just love your positivity. While most of us would sulk over situations like these, you’ve held your head up high and moved on. You really dont deserve this but the almighty knows best!! I believe you will walk again, im very sure of this and be rest assured that you are in my prayers!!!

  118. jhummie

    October 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    thanks for your inspiration, that means we that still have our legs should be grateful to God. Thank you lord for your mercies.

  119. Fredrick

    October 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    This is wonderful and really a touching life story.tell d lady to stand stil and av faith in God nothing is impossible for God to do.she will soon walk again.

  120. Kenny

    October 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Ur storyis indeed inspirin.do u blyv u can stil work again den confess it n it b ur possesion.wen it com 2 pass dont 4get 2 share d testimony.

  121. sunee dee

    October 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    this is great testimony, i feel for you but suffice to say that you a special creator from God and you are a Shinning star among your generations, it is well.
    in Nigeria, Government dont see it as necesaary but pls agitate for it and they will succumb to these.
    it is well my dear sister

  122. Kenny

    October 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Ur story is indeed inspirin.do u blyv u can stil work again den confess it n it b ur possesion.wen it com 2 pass dont 4get 2 share d testimony.

  123. Uchechi

    October 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I thank God for his saving grace upon your life, indeed you lived to tell the story in the land of the living.

  124. Dejoke

    October 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Believe me or not, I shed tears while reading ur story but I ve dis strong believe dt u ll walk again by his mercy n grace cos u a strong lady with so much faith n with faith there is nothing impossible… The lord is ur strength babes! *muah* life indeed is too short.

  125. Otunba Sette

    October 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Lizzy U’re BLESSED! This is just a trying period, I knw n am vry sure dat there’s lyt @ d end of d tunnel, U shall walk on legs again.IJN.Amen.

  126. Bisi

    October 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Girl am touched by ur inspirational words. You shall walk again IJN! Remember “The dried borne shall rise again”. I love u.

  127. genvic

    October 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I really thank God for ur life and i admire ur courage too i know that our is a faithful God ,U’ ll definately walk again.

  128. wendu

    October 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    God bless you

  129. Adenike

    October 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Lizzy am touched with ur story…..As our God liveth you will walk again….In Jesus Name.

  130. Samuel

    October 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    It is God’s love that keep us alive and also make you able to live.The accident picture is very very fatal.God bless you for the word of hope & bless those who read it.

  131. Ibukun

    October 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Very Inspiring and emotional…Lizzy thank you for sharing your story and I pray that you will walk soon IJN..I am currently taking a course Introduction to Disability and i will definitely share your story with my classmates…God bless you!!
    Note: I am planning to write my Term paper about Disabled People In Nigeria.

  132. Shope

    October 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Lizzy your case is just like mine which is on C5 level,I can make use my down limbs which we all reffer to as paraplegia but the accident was along lagos-ibadan expressway on my way from school. I lost my best friend and couldn’t continue with my studies either due to my long stay out of school while trying to get used to my new life..5yrs down the lane still struggling to get an admisson after passing my Utme exams (above 200) twice, though not detered or minding what the challenges maybe but to get the admisson is kinda hard. Private Uni on my mind i believe in God and with the small business i operate personally things would surely be fine. I promised my late dad to be a chip of the block in my high school days. Its kinda hard down here in Nigeria no scholarship,no care or stuffs to assist but there is nothing we can do than to move on with life with a hope that someday,somehow and somewhere things would change. Still keeping hope alive sha…Thanks for the words again

    • spicy

      October 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Keep ur hopes up dear and i know God hasn’t forgotten you, ur needs will be met soon by his grace

  133. Dee-USA

    October 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    You can’t read stories like this without tearing up. Such poise and uplifting character in the face of a horrible tragedy. Just looking at your pictures, you are not only beautiful on the outside, but on the in as well. It’s sad that we don’t make provisions for people with disability in Nigeria, but it’s great that you have the opportunity to continue to live a fruitful life. My prayers are with you and I wish you the best.

  134. iwalewa

    October 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    So inspiring.Nuttin is imposssible for God to do.U will walk again.It is well

  135. Sunny

    October 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I thank God for your life!!! I pray that God continues to use you to reach others! you are truly blessed!

  136. nelson

    October 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    friend, where wl i start? Frm ur story, i see a reason 4 what hapened. Its nt natural, God is up 2 somtin. In every problem, d solution is in it. My joy is u holding tight d bible, which is our great companion wit d holyspirit. I love u.

  137. Purpleicious Babe

    October 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    WOW at this story.. How inspirational.

    I thank God for your life and how wonderful you have allowed him to help you to use this situation for your own testimony. I join my faith with you and believe that you will walk again and your miracle will inspire many more to God.

    I believe you can use this as a potential to be inspired to make some changes in Nigeria.
    I see a massive niche in this part of Nigeria and company needs to start tapping into it ASAP.

    God bless BN for publishing this.

    http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.com

    May God continue to keep us save and protect us.

  138. xyz

    October 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve seen her pictures on facebook b4 this post, never wudda tot she went thru so much! She lookd so happy nd full of life EVEN on a wheelchair. Now Lizzy is the true definition of testimony!!!!!!!!!!!!

  139. Fareedah

    October 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    God Bless your heart!! and we just give him all the thanks, Keep on smiling and i strongly believe with you that you will surely walk again..

  140. mosun

    October 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    lizzyyy baby….. i cant believe u r on bellanaija.com. will holla u on facebook.. tk girl

  141. http://dakkylove.blogspot.com/

    October 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    She has such a wonderful spirit ….this story is so inspiring..i pray God compensates her a thousand fold for the loss of her legs..amazing

  142. Adejoke

    October 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    wow!!! yep She was real popular on hi5. I remember her glittery page.
    Awww, glad she’s still a happy young woman. very inspiring story. bless you Lizzy.

  143. tee

    October 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love you Lizzy!!! I love your spirit! You are a true Blessing! God bless you hun!

  144. Joke

    October 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I really love her courage and hope, and I pray that God Almighty will heal u more and more till u receive ur total healing in Jesus name……… and to d rest disables, no condition is permanent just have hope and truth in God…….. and I pray with dat God will visits u, in ways u don’t expect.

  145. OPTIMUM SUCCESS

    October 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    am so so touched, I thank God for your life but Lord there one thing remaining, ” make her walk again” Amen & Amen!!!!!!!!!!!

  146. .....

    October 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    very inspiring story> my prayer for you is that God wld complete the healing process He has started, but in d mean time pls keep inspiring others cos i can imagine its not easy for ne1 to cope with such major life change. It is well my dear take care and God bless. Lastly i thank God for the great support you have from your family and friends may God bless them all

  147. konnie

    October 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    God bless you and give you strength

  148. Rolex

    October 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    i thank God that you are alive and well.
    it is incredibly inspiring that you have kept your faith and happiness up, may God bless you beyond your wildest dreams!

  149. Queenie Adetayo Aguda

    October 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Hi, Lizzy darling. The fact that you had the premonition of what happened to you really got me shocked. However, i thank God for sparing your life, for giving you the opportunity to be alive to tell this inspiring story of hope. My mum had an autocrash she did not survive. You are fortunate, i thank God for putting satan to shame in your life. In place of sadness and defeat, i saw His glory radiating all over you. I really admire you for having such a huge faith that you will walk again, so shall it be IJN. Lots of Love & admiration.

    • Lizzy O

      October 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Indeed, A premonition is what it’s called. I know God has a reason for everything, and I’ve chosen not to be bitter about making the final decision to take my car to school that day.

      BUT now though, If my mind is unsettled about something, Mehnn, You don’t have to tell me TWICE not to do it. lol… I listen to my innermost feeling, consult my heavenly father, and that settles it. It’s very important to listen to our “inner voices”. In the case that you don’t, and something goes wrong, don’t bite yourself about it. It’s just another lesson to be learned.

      I am sorry about the loss of your mom. May her soul rest in peace.
      I thank God for faith, and for all he’s doing. May you be comforted in your loss in Jesus name. Take care. 🙂

  150. Eniola

    October 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    OMG!!! Swt lizzy u ar indeed a living testimony of our gr8 God, u cnt imagn hw i felt aftr readn dis ur hrt touchn story.Dearie i luv u so much bt God luv’s u most stay blessd…..lol

  151. Awotedu Mosunmola

    October 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story with us.Lizzy,your story was so inspiring.I was moved by your story.I prayed that God in His infinite mercy will continue to strengthen you more & more.GOD BLESS YOU.LOVE YOU.

  152. Adetutu

    October 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    WOW!!! I thank God for life and your courage to share your story. I know that God is more than able to heal. I just started a blog myself called disabled not unable having suffered from a disability most of life too. I am glad when I hear, see or read about people like yourself who hasnt let a disability hold you back

  153. neon

    October 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    wow!! amazing! ur story is truly inspiring and just puts things in perspective, i have spent so long complaining about my legs not being straight! i feel slightly stupid sef. God bless u

  154. deeba

    October 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    God bless her and those true friends and ofcourse family….. I appreciate family!!

  155. NNENNE

    October 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    You have remained faithful to God even in your condition.That is so inspiring.You will walk again in Jesus name.Please share the story when that happens.
    Thanks Nneka for sharing also. Our God is ever able!

  156. Amajosh

    October 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    God bless you Elizabeth

  157. Julius

    October 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    You are a very strong lady.I wish you the very best and continue to inspire your generation .

  158. Lizzy O

    October 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    As much as I want to reply everyone of you. I can’t, because doing that will be spamming BellaNaija. Lol.. I really truly appreciate all your kind words. I thank you all for the well wishes, and I am very grateful to those of you who realize Nigeria needs change (accessibility-wise).

    To the people who want to contact me and are serious about it, I am sorry I can’t leave my contact address on here, but please write your email addresses in your comments or as a reply to this post, and I’ll be sure to contact you. (I hope that is fair enough?).

    And to all, I pray that the Lord do unto you as you’ve wished me. I pray that no evil will befall anyone of you or your loved ones. I pray God’s protection on you all. Thanks again for the kind words. I can’t take the glory for being an “inspiration”. It’s the Lord’s doing… and trust me, I’m not even trying to be humble.

    To take glory for this would be trying to “fall God’s hand”. Lol.. and I can’t afford such. Thanks again.

  159. @_Iyore

    October 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    The wheelchair accessibility in Nigeria is so true compare to America. Any public place an able person can go, disable people can go too

  160. Jay

    October 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    God bless you Lizzy, u will walk again IJN, don’t give up.

  161. Tope O.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Woow!!! This can only be God for a car to flip over for 4 good tyms and no major injuries on ur face…JESUS CHRIST IS LORD FOREVER!
    Your story is Inspiring,Touchy & Encouraging.The Lord Bless ur Luvly Parents,Brother,Best friend,relatives and family members 4 showin u Luv wen u need it and i Strongly Hope/Faith/Trust God with U that U Shall Rise and Walk again in JESUS PRECIOUS NAME..AMEN.Lots of Luv frm me,The LORD BLESS YOU.Are u on FB?

  162. Yeoal

    October 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    @baby….I’m not surprised about d etisalat story. D truth is dat d nigerian society is very very hostile 2 people who have any form of physical challenge. There is always someone to make a snide remark.. Either @ school, at the office, everywhere. I even know of someone who was denied admission in secondary school simply bcos she walks with a limp n bcos of dat she was asked by her doctor not 2 do certain tins as she had just started walking after being paralyzed for a while. Thank goodness Elizabeth is still alive. God kept her bcos he has a purpose 4 her. I hav learnt dat no matter how horrible any situation is, God has given us d power 2 dig deep n discover our strength. Sometimes we neva know how strong we are until we dig deep 2 discover d strength n true beauty God has given us. The truth is dat Elizabeth u r xtremely beautiful, flaws n all.
    Apart from God’s obvious love for u Elizabeth, U r blessed to have family n friends who love u unconditionally. To me dat is PRICELESS.
    U r a star who has already started shining 4 d world 2 C n U r a true definition of God’s love, beauty n awesome power .

    http://www.yeoal.blogspot.com

  163. Nice

    October 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Ur story is touching n quite inspiring. Thanks 4 sharing. It has liftd a lot of depressd souls. So wil u b liftd out of d wchair thru faith in God.

  164. oj

    October 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Lizzy, you are a blessing. I pray for your healing today, receive it in Jesus name. I am so proud of you and your courage, you are a blessing to your generation and the LOrd will use you in many more ways. Amen

  165. kiki

    October 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Your story was indeed an inspiration….. after reading ur story i had to change my thinking toward life. My dear… you will walk again cos in his word in Hebrew 13:5 says “Never will i leave you, and Never will i forsake you”

  166. lulu

    October 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I am so grateful that i read this today…you know the Bible even says in John 10:9, “I am the DOOR”…everything that happens to us, God allowed it because He is the door. The devil meant your accident for bad, but God is using this for your good. Through you a voice will be heard. I bless God for your travails and your trials~Mayowa

  167. theodora ikem

    October 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    God bless you dear…you are so brave.

  168. Moses

    October 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    The Nigerian government does not care about anybody. They need to start building shopping centers that wheelchair users can use easily and treat disabled people with respect.

    Yinka Ayefele is a disabled broadcaster cum singer and composer. He told a reporter that once people maltreated him as a disabled in Nigeria. When he told them he was Yinka Ayefele they changed immediately. Naija! Unfair!

  169. JM

    October 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Your attitude and outlook is amazing! May God continue to keep your spirits up. You are an inspiration to me! Instead of crying as I usually do at these stories, I couldn’t help but smile with each line I read! You are a powerful being…Your voice has not gone unheard. May God open doors for you to help the physically disabled and please don’t stop spreading the word, because we could all be in need of dependence one day!
    You are sooo beautiful, your smile is more than infectious!!! You have truly made my evening. God bless youuuu!!!

  170. oriyomi babalola

    October 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Well,give thank 2 god that pick u still date eliza,

  171. FreeSpirit

    October 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Wow! You’re an inspiration to us all!! May God continue to bless you in all your endeavours
    I also pray that Nigeria will be wheelchair accessibl soon!

  172. Val Rem

    October 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Such as wonderful and beautiful story by my baby girl . She is a total inspiration to all of us. I just LOVE that she knows where all her help comes from. Our Heavenly Father; God grace and mercy has brought her through. She knows in her heart that this story will make a difference and touch somebody who is having trials and tribulations. 2Cor 9:8 (NIV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work

  173. elizabeth

    October 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I thank God for life, and I know for sure God is not done with yet, God will complete the miraculous work he started in your life.Please can I be your friend?

  174. Baby

    October 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    God bless you and be rest assured that your miracle is on the way.

  175. unveilinggold

    October 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Inspiring story..May God continue to crown your efforts…

  176. kelly

    October 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Super girl, God indeed kept you alive for a reason: To inspire others. You are a breath of fresh air and certainly hope for the hopeless. I pray you walk soon. God bless you

  177. Ms Catwalq

    October 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I too learned a lesson on compassion in making services accessible to all when I hurt my leg and had to make my way around on crutches. As an architecture student at the time, it was a lasting lesson. Fortunately, my handicap was temporary but it does put in perspective how we as a nation need to start to create opportunities for all in the provision of services.

  178. LadyLuck

    October 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I am just floored by your story. please know you have changed something in me with this post. May God continue to shine his light through you.

  179. No excuse

    October 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    #Inspiring!

  180. elizabeth

    October 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Elizabeth, may almighty God continue to up lift you, and God will complete the miraculous work he has started in your life. remain blessed, keep on smiling, you are a winner inthe Lord and the apple of God’s eye.I will like to be your friend & keep in touch.Take care & God bless you.

  181. Israel

    October 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    This is touching,like your courage.Do u know you can rise again? Yes,dry bones will rise again..apply your faith more and God will lift you up afterall,he WOKE Lazarus from death.God bless you.

  182. WUNMI

    October 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    There is ability in disability.Elizabeth!THANK GOD FOR YOUR FAITH, I AM JOINING FAITH WITH YOU AND I BELIEVE, OUR GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE OR OR A SON OF MAN THAT HE SHOULD REPENT, IT IS YOUR RIGHT AS HIS DAUGHTER TO CLAIM WHAT IS YOURS, divine healing is sure.YOU WILL WALK AGAIN.IJN.AMEN.

  183. ME

    October 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Singing you are beautiful its true… God isn’t with you darling! what a beautiful testimony! Keep up the positivity. A reminder for all to just be grateful every single minute. These days its become inherent in me, even sometimes hardly in the face of tribulations to always say THANK YOU JESUS! WOW!

  184. ME

    October 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    *God isn’t done with you darling* Typo!

  185. Chi

    October 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    You are right, you have a mighty purpose. Thank Jesus for you! Thank God who kept you!

  186. chris

    October 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Lizz would walk again. The distance between your challenges and solution is the distance between your knee and the ground. You remind me of st paul in the bible,while in the prison, he admonished the phillipians to rejoice and find strength in their sufferings. Ezekiel said dry bones shall rise again. God would revive you. Amen. God be with your family.

  187. Enobong

    October 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    God really and mightly bless you. Amen. I am so touched by your story and short of words, but I do know that you are in this for a very good reason and when you are done, God in his infinite mercy would make you rise and walk. Amen. I seriously dont know how you even have the heart to be so happy in such a situation, i really cant say cos av not been there, but one think for sure I do know i av learnt from u (a lot) and would apply them even in my every day life. Thank you very much. God bless your soul and all those who stood by you ensuring God uses u mightly. God bless your family abundantly. God bless you.

  188. tp

    October 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    God bless you for sharing your story. May you forever be encouraged and may you remain a blessing & encouragement to others!

  189. Micheal

    October 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    i guess your story is like God turning around the captivity of zion.. its reminds me of how my mums had an accident too which made her dependent on crutches for several years needing hip replacement after several ineffecient surgeries in 9ja………guess what i usually prayed then and i remember him showing me a dream where she was dancing. today my mum drives and goes around without aid. she got a sucessfful hip replacement india after 2 trips………………abeg God is always faithful and you are a story of his faithfulness (workadt hospital now fortis in india).

  190. Nelson Emeke Ashibudike

    October 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hi lizy, God’s project can never be left unfinished, you are a God’s project, a hope for tomorrow.
    Don’t be deterred my dear, i love you, the whole world loves you but God loves you MOST

  191. Micheal

    October 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    dr name is Sanjay Pie…fortis bangaloe….good with all cases in bones and spines..recently helped her church Reveren after a recomendation from mum…..remain a miracle

  192. P Ezeh

    October 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Very Inspirational and much thanks for sharing the story, i somehow can relate to this story because i do live in Dallas and studying nursing in Tulsa Oklahoma, have to drive almost 4 hrs back to Dallas to see friends and family. I was having goosebumps as i was reading this story because of the things that have happened on the highway. Lizzy God in his infinite mercy will make a way for you where there is no way

  193. Mosunmola

    October 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Keep your head up! you are a brave young woman.

  194. Henry

    October 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Lizzy ya note touched ma heart. But all i gotta say is God knows the best… Keep the faith

  195. Tosin

    October 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Thank you for sharing your story – God bless and keep you well! The best is surely yet to come!

  196. elflaco

    October 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I’m so happy dat after all trials u r a soource of joy to all . I thank God for u and I pray he grants ur heart desires … My prayers go to u … U ve definitely become a source of inspiration to me … God dey … Wishing u d best in all u do

  197. lilian

    October 8, 2011 at 12:21 am

    i pray that God will heal u completely and u shall walk again lissy.

  198. Noble Kilonsparkles

    October 8, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I thank God for your testimony. You will have many more IJN.

  199. dhoney

    October 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Lizzy, I am not a prophet but something from the deepest depth of my soul tells me your MIRACLE is quite close. God does not LIE. He says He will never forsake the RIGHTEOUS…!. PLS,make sure you that everyday you wake up always thank Him for your miracle..!. You will walk AGAIN…!. don`t forget to store this email cos you will be sending me an email of how it all happened soonest…!. I am a living testimony myself. I will surely be praying for you always. You are blessed Sister

  200. iTawa

    October 8, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Oh bless your heart Elizabeth! This piece is truly inspiring! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! And u’ll definitely walk again by HIS Grace…now u’ve given me something else to advocate for when I start an NGO in Nigeria! Thank you and pls DO NOT GIVE UP!

  201. Sociable Susan Magazine

    October 8, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Really inspiring. Read my interview with disabled Ugandan lawyer, Med Ssengooba at
    http://sociablesusan.blogspot.com/2011/07/living-with-disabilities-in-uganda.html

  202. double d

    October 8, 2011 at 1:00 am

    thy god of david wil c u thro my dear

  203. anon

    October 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I don’t normally write comments on here but your story was, very encouraging, beautiful and heartfelt.
    I pray the lord which you so have faith in, will let you walk again, you are an inspiration to me and i have taken note of always thanking God everyday for his mercies and grace.
    May God bless you

  204. Tiyan

    October 8, 2011 at 2:02 am

    God bless you Lizzy. You are so beautiful and I thank God for you life, going through al that and still being able to smile so beautifully and inspire others. You are a blessed young woman. I am waiting to hear about the heights you will attain. You are a star

  205. Dupsy

    October 8, 2011 at 2:03 am

    God Bless u, and by Gods grace I stand in faith with you that you will definitely be able to walk again in Jesus name.

  206. Lizzy

    October 8, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I really thank god 4 ur life.stay bless

  207. Hannah

    October 8, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Thank God for his merices and grace endureth for eva.. Just like you proclaimed in your message, You will surely work again so that God’s name will continue to be glorified for those that don’t believe in him.. God bless you for the touching story..

  208. Jess

    October 8, 2011 at 2:39 am

    This is an amazing story!!! Thank God for your life and the lives of others like Nneka and everyone else that has shared a survival story. God is amazing! I love love love your positivity because truly, the little things that we take for-granted are things we should praise God for even more.

    Sometimes, I want to testify in church but I wonder if people will laugh at me because my testimony is always along the lines of “Thank you Lord that I have eyes that I can see, ears that I can hear, lips that i can speak, hands that I can do things with, legs that I can not only walk, but I can run hours on the treadmill, liver, lungs, kidneys, a heart and brain that works, good health and healthy family and friends”

    Honestly, after everything Lizzy has said, my eyes have been opened to so many things, just being positive about life and helping people… Instead of buying that one designer purse, lets pay a school fees, instead of drinking beer and suya for one night, let’s visit an orphanage or just randomly take yam to a nearby village, instead of buying that one brazillian hair that i really can do without, I can help someone pay rent (u’ll be amazed at how cheap rent is in small towns and villages)….. My mum always says “u aint living if u aint giving”

    I’m sorry if i’ve digressed a bit but i’ve been inspired to generally be more grateful, to show more love to people, smile more, help strangers, you don’t know whose day u’d be making… I have a brother with downysndrome , i know what it’s like to get the odd stares but all I know is that he’s alive and he’s a great kid so I thank God with all my heart…. Sorry for the mini-dissertation.

    God bless you all, God bless you Lizzie and stay positive darling!!!!

  209. queenimayya

    October 8, 2011 at 3:10 am

    She’s so lucky she has a loving, supportive family and friends who care about her. I would give anything for that.

  210. sally rally

    October 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

    very very touching…. im glad she could atleast smile and thank God in her present condition..May the Almighty God in His infinate mercies continue to bless, protect, guide and show u favouor for d rest of ur life…(Amen)…As for Nigeria, the Lord is our strenght, we just have to keep praying for d best and a sense of direction for our leaders..

  211. kenny

    October 8, 2011 at 3:48 am

    speechless and thoughtful about this touching yet inspiring story. I see a greater and better future your life. Sky indeed will be the starting point. God bless you real good.

  212. Ndidi

    October 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

    so inspired, truly a must read for everyone

  213. Damola

    October 8, 2011 at 4:04 am

    It’s well. Live everyday like it’s the last.

  214. Obi

    October 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

    God is good. He makes the impossible possible. God is willing to do for us and sometimes He waits for us to make the first move which is remaining steadfast in faith. Just like the blind beggar who persistently called to Jesus even when the crowd tried to shut him up. His faith, Jesus said, did it for him. And even when courage & hope wane, we have friends & loved ones whose faith pull us through just like the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof into the house for Jesus to heal him. In all, God surrounds us with love & support even when we don’t know it.

  215. Dee

    October 8, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Forever HOTANGEL. I remember my first day on nairaland and how welcoming you were. Everything happens for a reason. May God who saved you from that accident continue to be with you. I admire your courage. I honestly don’t know how I would have coped I was in your shoes. Take care.

  216. Ronke

    October 8, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Dear Lizzy,
    Yours is a truly touching and inspiring story. I pray God answers your prayers and fufils all your heart desires. Please continue to shine and inspire millions of people (cos I believe you’re already an inspiration to many right now). I willl encourage you to continue writing pieces and articles concerning acess for the disabled in Nigeria, I trust one day, a serious minded legislator will stumble upon it and take it up from there. Remain blessed.

  217. Chelsey

    October 8, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Thanks so much Lizzy love for posting this. This is a MUST read story and I have shared it on my facebook wall. You are what God say you are so be courageous in all you do. The Lord will see you through in ALL that you do and ALL that you will ever do and whatever you will wish for. Remain blessed and beautiful mami. Love always

  218. bee

    October 8, 2011 at 5:53 am

    real deep! praying that you should get back to feet soon. u r amazing dear. vry bad to be disabled in Nigeria, cos the govt. doesn’t care. continue to stay positive girl. ur story is inspiring .

  219. esther

    October 8, 2011 at 5:59 am

    LIZZY, YOUR STORY IS A MESSAGE OF HOPE TO THE HOPELESS AND I QUITE APPRECIATE YOUR TRUST AND RELIANCE ON GOD WHO IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY MORE THAN WE COULD EVER THINK OR ASK THROUGH THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US.BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE YOU WILL DEFINITELY SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING. ARE YOU A PRACTISING NURSE AND HOW EASY HAS BEEN ON A WHEEL CHAIR? I LOVE YOU.

  220. Samira

    October 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Our stories are similar,and all this time I thought I was walking alone .. May God be with you xo

  221. Adedoyin omobomi frank olaleye

    October 8, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Tank God for ur life, ur story inspired my thought about life.Wheel chair is not ur sit,as u believe to walk again,so shall it be in jesus name.Love u dearie

  222. Kells

    October 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

    God bless you so much dear, you are a sweet girl with so much courage and that is y u are alive today. I love the bible verse you shared in the end it is very encouraging. Expect more miracles from God as you will stand on your feet and work in a short time. God bless you

  223. Olowookere,Laide

    October 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Liz,you’re a winner. Not many can come out of such a better person. That you were able to forgive is a sure sign that you won. Shame on Satan! More seriously,lets answer this question. What should be done when an evil is perceived or waiting?

  224. maduba kingsley

    October 8, 2011 at 7:44 am

    lizzy,you are different,i have had stories,yours is different.your words melt heart like candle wax..there something you said that moves me too much,that”life is too short,we should show and tell those we love that geniuely and truthfully love them”.i see a brighter future for you.

  225. ify

    October 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Lizzy, you are amazing! Bless you!

  226. funmi Nwuzor

    October 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

    indeed our lord is faithful that u are alive is a testmony keep that faith alive God is faithful

  227. Jay

    October 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

    U r as beautiful on the inside as u r on the outside…. Ur story is truly dat of hope and great courage. Definitely as inspiration to those of us who whine when just a strand of hair is out of place. God bless and keep you.

  228. kanu chidiebere

    October 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

    may God fil u wit strenth 2 ovakum al obstacles on ur way,and bliv on d hope of restoration,and also dn’t alow ur past 2 deny u of ur future blesinx and also know dat God av sumtin 4 u only if u wil wrk towards it.what am sayin is dat 1 tin leads 2 anoda.chidiebere 4rm Nigeria.

  229. Uyi

    October 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    You ve a very good gift, i would like to give some tips of what i discovered in you, let me ve your Facebook name

  230. Uyi

    October 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

    God will heal you, and make you walk that road of laughter again amen

  231. Blessing

    October 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I really thank God because he is the giving of life. with your courage and steadfast in Him may you never experience discourage in any aspect of your life, keep it up because the strength of God is your strength

  232. amoran olaoluwa segun

    October 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    lizzy let beging to give thanks for the good things he as don, for keeping u alive is more than every thing, god safe your life for something that u ur seif does not know.lizzy the samething happened to me on my way coming home from my working place, ur own is more better dan we in nigeria it;s not easy in nija u see ur xperince in abuja will make u undersand what am talking about, but let keep thanking god bcous u a alive for a purpose. So as long as u are alive u will walk as long as i walk this july 2011 u will go back to ur fit, it a matter of time&believe in god, the lord that did my own this july after several pains will surely do ur own. Take good care of ur seif lord is in controll.

  233. Princepat

    October 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

    babe,ur true life story touched me and also made me 2 knw dat my been handsome,educated,tall,fair in complxion,etc. is 4 a purpose.Pls I thank u 4 sharin ur story and I tell,mark my word if u’ve Faith if God’s wish is 4 u 2 stil walk u will,medically is impossible bt spoiritually is very much possible,dont think toomuch and I God 4 pple around u,God’s blessin and favour is ders.I luv u bt Almighty God’s more.Takia

  234. Woman

    October 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Just wonderful. You made me remember everyday is a miracle and should never be taken for granted. The best things in life REALLY ARE FREE, a smile, laughter, family, friends and most of all LOVE. You are inspiring. I’ll try to do my little bit, thanks for the reminder. And truly there’s no situation that is above us. Thank you soo much

  235. Ifeanyichukwu

    October 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I was overwhelmed, and for a moment short of words. The story is much inspiring and the event, a great lesson to all. Thanks Lizzy for sharing it wit us. U are blessed, remain blessed.

  236. drsue

    October 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

    May Ųя smile never dim α̲̅πϑ may joy never cease in Ųя life. This is a reminder to all the “normal” pple who take everything so seriously α̲̅πϑ live like the weight of life is just too much. Have a blessed life.

  237. Lota

    October 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

    lizzy….God loves u. As for d car, dia is more to it. U must surely walk n ur fingers shall strenghten forth. Takia of u.

  238. baron chukwuemeka

    October 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

    lizzy,i am glad i came across ur testimony. You r a blessing to humanity,pride to all believers in the power of the word god. Pls do all u can to keep this spirit. Also pls,go to christ embassy’s healing school. The world needs you.

  239. Blessing enomah

    October 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

    so inspired,thank God for ur courage and faith,God that started a good work in ur life will perfect it.

  240. loolahnovia

    October 8, 2011 at 11:56 am

    lizz am loving ur courage!!! God bless you.

  241. Gabriel

    October 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Great! great!! my dear i love your faith not only will you walk again but you will go round the world testifying the wounder of our God

  242. Omnie

    October 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I really don’t know you, I know you are Yemisi’s friend and I believe I met you once at the RCCG camp, honestly, I will tell you this: You are an epistle of God’s glory, beautiful within and without. I am deeply encouraged by your story. And one more thing, you will walk again, and continue to exploit for the Lord. Remain Blessed

  243. vicky

    October 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Lizzy, God bless n keep u. Ur faith will not waiver IJN. I’m really touched by ur story. U r where u r now for a reason n dt reason will be accomplished by His grace. U r beautiful. Kisses…

  244. RACHEAL.OLALEYE

    October 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    i was fill my eyes with tears,iwas literally crying while reading this story GOD love you ,her storyis touching and inspiring,GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS FAMILY

  245. Watti BF

    October 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Honestly I Bless the Name of the Lord on your behalf. May He continue to kip you, protect you and guard you in all your endeavours. By the Special Grace of God, you will stand and walk again in Jesus Name. Amen and Amen. I am really touched and i also learnt alot frm your story dat when things go wrong in life with you does not mean you are not going to make it in life and also when things are right with does not mean that you are ok or a saint. My prayer is dat everybody in this kind of situation, The Lord God Almighty will Intervene in their lives and they will all Glorify God . Amen. Remain Bless and continue to take good care of your beauty. I admire you.

  246. BUKOLA

    October 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thank God for your life. Thanks alos for speaking on behalf of the disable pple becos there voice is never heard.
    But am sure “WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”.
    U will definately walk again and praise the LORD.

  247. Juliet

    October 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    powerful!…God bless you!..As Jesus said “Your faith has healed you”!
    Pleasee I hope you come back to tell inform us on how uve started walking in the not so distance future!
    God Bless You.

  248. olufunmilayo

    October 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    am so happy for you that inspite of every thing that happened your faith and positive thinking mind has never disappear.you are such and inspiration and i pray you shall live to testify to the goodness of our Lord in Jesus name.i pray that this story and massage will touch the life of every one of us for good,you are wonderful.

  249. Bee

    October 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Inspiring…God Bless u

  250. josephine

    October 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    my way of viewing life have changed just by reading your story…it brought tears to my eyes… thank you very much for this up lifting story… God bless you sister and you are my hero…

  251. maryD

    October 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    hmmm,
    had a very similar experience (road accident) during on of my summer holiday in Nigeria. infact my accident was in the summer of 2008. sustained serious injuries, and couldn’t use my right arm for a month despite the fact that it wasn’t broken. the thought of not being able to use my arm made me so depressed coz that probably would have been the end of me considering i was an aspiring Architect and did everything with my right hand but with prayers and physiotherapy i was healed. i am also glad that my smooth round face wasn’t affected considering the deep cuts i had on my back that have left huge bumps allover. i am grateful to God for saving me and i pray he helps me to fulfill the plan which he kept me on earth for..
    on another note, i totally agree that most buildings in Nigeria do not have easy accessibility for disabled people. And as a practicing architect, i’ll try my best to educate clients on the need to make their building accessible by all. God bless

  252. yep

    October 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story with us Liz. You are indeed an inspiration. You will walk again in Jesus Name and the good Lord will continue to use you for His Glory. Stay Blessed.

  253. Minnie's Oso

    October 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    What a beautiful soul you are! A grateful spirit…

  254. Phanos phanos

    October 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    My sister there is hope for your destiny, remember what God allow in his wisdom he we not allowed it in his power. therefore, there is hope for your future.

  255. Enny BossLady

    October 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    wow…all i can say is your story inspired me alot, your courage, your faith in God is incredible.
    Like you said God is not done with you yet…..Keep reaching for the stars. Thank you for sharing your story. You definetely in my prayers…

  256. Emma C Obia

    October 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I know He lives. The lessons from your life story is too far reaching and quite inspiring, even to the spiritualy disabled. Yes, those who have lost a part of their humanity due an error in life and have found it difficult to forgive themselves and move ahead. Like your broken spine, their hearts are broken and life has become a bore. The King of glory can amend every broken heart. Thanks you dearly.

  257. Akinseesin Oluwakayode

    October 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    God i thank you !! Before i used to be ungrateful but now God i thank you !! And God i love you !!

  258. www.c5wk6.blogspot.com

    October 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    speechless…Dis is an Inspiration please lets all contribute our quota

  259. Blessing enomah

    October 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So inspired,i admire ur courage and faith,God that started his work in ur life will perfect it.

  260. Marian

    October 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story Elizabeth. You have inspired me beyond belief. You are a wonderful person. May God bless and continue to keep you.
    Marian.

  261. Uju G

    October 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    God bless you mama .. you are one strong woman … WOW!!! I greatly admire your approach towards life .. just wish i could give you a big warm hug …you are such an inspiration .. more than you can even imagine … The lord will continue to walk with you …and please never loose faith .. at his appointed time your faith and hopes will turn reality … he is the doctor of all doctors .. and he is the creator, so he has the final say .. he knows you to the very last strand of your hair … keep being positive dear .. you are a living testimony .. God Bless your heart !!!

  262. shanday

    October 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I am so touched by your testimony Elizabeth. I thank God for preserving your life and causing you to see the good in a seemingly bad situation. It’s sad that our Government isn’t doing enough for the disabled. There are many disabled people on the streets begging because they have no means of livelihood. I believe that the Government needs to awaken to their responsibilities concerning those that are physically challenged.
    Thanks for being a source of inspiration.

  263. tooblessed

    October 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    you are an amazing woman!….there is really more to life than some of the little things we obsess over and you have illustrated just that….we need to be appreciative of life and good health, living everyday like it’s our last…God bless you and stay strong..you are already a winner!

  264. Olivia

    October 9, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Thank u so much for sharing, Lizzy! You are indeeed an inspiration! I just failed an important exam and have been depressed but after reading your story, I felt so ashamed of myself for being rather “petty”. It’s so easy for us to forget the brevity of life…. thanks for the reminder. I doff my hat to you; your faith and strength are worthy of emulation. May God keep you, bless you and grant you the healing you desire.

  265. Ndidi

    October 9, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Lizzy, I hope you are still reading these posts. You are a hero to everyone who reads your story here, however, please consider becoming a public advocate for people with disabilities in Nigeria. All governments must protect and treat all its citizens with equality and fairness. Even if a business is privately owned, the Nigerian government can mandate that it have wheelchair and disability ramps or else, face fines. That is the case here in the US and in many other countries. With your intelligence, personality and education in the medical profession, you would be the ultimate spokesperson for change. I look forward to hearing more about you and I would do my part to be supportive. Well done my Sister!

    • Elizabeth Oke

      October 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Thank You so much. I am not stopping here. There is definitely more to come. I started a blog and would love if you all can take a minute to check it out. http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com/

  266. banke

    October 9, 2011 at 3:45 am

    oh God i want to cry….. May God continue to keep and strengthen you dear and remember YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  267. AtiladHun

    October 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Lizzy girl i jst luv ur spirit abt ur situation, i love that u used God to overcome a situation where some pple will be depressed, sad, having suicidal thought bt u used God to portray what Cece Winans called him:
    A Peace giver, Life changer
    Joy giver, Waymaker.
    she also said that he’s: “……been a great physician when sickness lingered near’. so omo whether the devil like it or not u “MUST” walk again to put the demon to shame! that i know……

  268. iknow

    October 9, 2011 at 4:17 am

    awwww……..bless ur lil heart Liz

  269. willbak

    October 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    this is so inspiring… i must commend ur strenght even in d face of d challenges. it’s just at dis moment i realised how we has individuals can so b in our own world n stil ve concern 4 others but neglectin d basics dat wil build a greater brighter n more influencial n impactful tomorrow. so we nigerians we heard their challenges from a voice n let begin to make our homes, stores malls schools cinemas structures roads parkin loots more wheelchair friendly…… Afta al its not a disease just a disability dat we can make go unnoticed by inculcatin dese in our system…. I wil do my part n pls do urs…. N lets keep speakin out cos we reali cant tel wat you/WE goin tru except u/we speak…. now m more enlightened n know where to act from…..

  270. eloho

    October 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I read this and tears welled up in my eyes! God has kept you for a reason; that’s right. and you have already began to do great things! Keep up the faith dear, It is well!

  271. Bukky

    October 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I saw you at the West coast worker’s conference last week in Dallas, and the way you were with the choir worshiping God and leading us in praise… I was wondering, who you were and what your story was/is? Wow!!I’m glad I came on Bellanaija today and found YOUR STORY. My dear, I just thank God for your life and I encourage you to continue the good works and looking pretty :).

    • Elizabeth Oke

      October 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you so very much. Yes my Church’s choir was the lead for the minister’s conference. Thanks for your comment. God blesses those who serve him.

      Please check out my blog at http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com/

  272. UncleRush

    October 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity.! God bless you & keep you

  273. Adura

    October 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Beautiful. May God continue to bless you and answer all your prayers.

    Thanks for this, you’ve touched so many lives including mine.

  274. Daniel Oyenuga

    October 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You have an incredible mind. Certainly a woman to admire. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

  275. Tolz011

    October 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I am so touched and i know that the lord has better plans for u,i am happy u re alive to share ur story with millions.God bless u,ur family,friends and us all

  276. Chiks

    October 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Your story is very inspiring God bless you

  277. Damy

    October 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hotangel toh badt gan! I actually thought of you in church today when the pastor was preaching. He preached on 2 Corinthians 12 with emphasis on verses 7-10
    7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    I love that through it all the Joy of the Lord did not depart from you. Love you gurl. You are truly an inspiration.

  278. Tobes Tiana

    October 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    So inspiring! You will definitely walk again!

  279. Ure

    October 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Wow! i thank God for the strenght He has given u 2 go thru this, i know He is more than able to make u whole and he will. He preserved you for a reason and u will get there.

  280. onyii

    October 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    God is good!! all the time………..!

  281. Younglady

    October 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Truly inspiring….God bless you n kip you strong. I could relate this to “peace” in the midst of the “storm”…may your “peace” keep being multiplied! AMEN.
    Keep holding on to the word of God : “Everything works together for good for those that love God.
    Live life to the fullest dear! You’re a conqueror through christ and you shall work again!

  282. Kelo Okeke

    October 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Wow… You inspire me. May God bless you real good.

  283. Dami

    October 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I still saw you yesterday at the Arlington wedding looking beautiful. May God truly bless you as you have chosen to be a blessing even in your trials. You will dance again my dear, I believe you will. God bless you tremendously…

  284. Abike

    October 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    God Bless you Sweets!!! You are truly inspiring 🙂

  285. Ejike d Billionaire

    October 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    One of the most inspiring and touching stories i have ever..ever ..ever read.but i tell u something….YOU MUST WALK AGAIN in JESUS MIGHTY NAME. AMEN.i am waitin for your testimony soonest.

  286. Omotoyosi

    October 10, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Im so inspired….. God bless you and u shall surely reach your goal

  287. Yt 'Boss'

    October 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Inspiring!

  288. Keke

    October 10, 2011 at 2:04 am

    This is an amazing story, love! I am so extremely proud of your outlook. Everything happens for a reason! Continue to pray, pray, pray! Although I am not disabled, the power of empathy is real. Thank you for your story and I will pray for you! You WILL walk again! Also, everything you stated regarding the creations of buildings shall be taken into account. Thank you so much! GOD bless you!

  289. ONON

    October 10, 2011 at 3:29 am

    God bless you for sharing your story. I have seen you at two weddings in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and thought you were so beautiful and kept looking at you because you were smiling and seemed positive. I tried not to look too hard cause I didn’t want you to think it was a look of pity. I was looking because you seemed positive despite the accident. I coincidentally stumbled on your story today after actually seeing you at the Abi/Akin wedding and words cannot express what reading your story means. It resonates so much with me cause you’re not just talking the talk. It’s evident in the way you carry yourself. Tears welled in my eyes cause at our church we always say the “I shall live…” words after each service and don’t truly medidate on those words. Anyways, thanks for sharing your story and I pray that I won’t forget your words and I do the little that I can to make a difference in my life and in the lives of individuals in my community. May God continue to bless you and lift you up. You are amazing.

    • Elizabeth Oke

      October 11, 2011 at 5:58 am

      Thank you so very much. Next time you see me, don’t be shy to say hello.. 🙂

      I appreciate your kind words, and indeed, the “I shall Live…” Quote is one we say at my former church after every service. It is a powerful speech that people should actually mean when reciting. Often times, things become routine, and we forget the meaning behind what we say. I am glad the quote came to my head at such a crucial time in my life, and I believe my positive confession in the midst of chaos was part of what helped save my life. God is good.

      I really appreciate everyone’s comments, and I am amazed at the response. But I am even more glad that people are making decisions to live a better and more appreciating life. may the Lord strengthen you all as you’ve decided to live each day with laughter, joy and appreciation of what God has blessed you with.

      Please take a moment to visit my blog at http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com

  290. diva

    October 10, 2011 at 4:23 am

    God has blessed you

  291. sofy

    October 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

    woooow,this is such an inspiring story…….. May God Bless you and hopefully 1 day your voices will be heard.

  292. olawealth

    October 10, 2011 at 8:26 am

    wow…..very brilliant lady, and i pray someone up the political ladder could read this o!!!. The LORD is your strenght keep it up.

  293. NIRA

    October 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I pray for more strength to face the days ahead, and I sincerely pray you’ll walk again.

  294. Toyin

    October 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I thank God for your life, this is awesome & comes from a heart that knows God. You are a blessing to this generation and the unborn. I agree with you that God is not done with you yet. Also make me apprecaite how showing love & making people going through challenges to laugh by making them see the plus in whatever they going through. Your Family & friends are wonderful people that needs to be commended. I thank God for the tremendous love and support they gave you and you also allow them because if they gave and you’re unwilling to receive their love your story will not be this inspiring, God bless them. I will still love to read from you soon when you start walking which I believe its going to be soon. You are a motivational speaker anyday,
    Shallom.

  295. Iphie

    October 10, 2011 at 10:04 am

    God is not done with you yet Liz…Your testimonies will NEVER STOP.

  296. Victoria

    October 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

    God Bless you Lizzy… You are the true definition of Courage!!!

  297. Domina @ugofrances

    October 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

    God bless you. And Yes God is always faithful and by His Grace you will walk again someday soon. I really admire your strenght and zest for life.
    Sometimes I get so discontented wen things dont go the way i plan and i’m so busy pursuing dreams that i forget to be thankful for God’s seemlingly small blessings.

    Thank you for this piece. May God bless you abundantly with Joy and every good thing.

  298. ty

    October 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

    me av already shared d story on my wall for others especially d disabled to learn frm…God bless u lizzy…n i knw that He is stl in d business of performing miracles…i bliv u wl walk again…cheers beautiful

  299. Angie

    October 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

    God bless you Liz. I know that God kept you alive for a purpose and you have only just started manifesting his greatness by this write up. It will always be well with you and the God who has started this good work in you by keeping you alive, getting you through school against all odds will be faithful to complete it by the miracle of your WALKING again in Jesus name, amen. You are a great testimony to the resilience of a good woman. Keep up the high spirits and i hope to read more of you. I’ll definitely visit your blog!

  300. ESSIE

    October 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

    God indeed has a purpose for your life through you many life would be change and many would learn to apperciate life, by giving GOD all the praise

  301. didy

    October 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    tanx 4 sharing ur inspiring story.i had tears in my eyes d first tym i read ur story,n i av read it over again.God bless ur hrt,and keep u longer,so u will continue 2 inspire odas.

  302. jokky

    October 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Can still believe God by visiting Pastor T.B Joshua of Emmanuel TV.

  303. ibukunola

    October 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    babygirl,thank God for ur life,u shall live to declare to d glory of God.the lord is ur strenth.i love u but jesus love u most.

  304. ify

    October 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    You brought tears to my eyes with your story. I admire your positive outlook on life. Your story made me realize how fortunate I am and how God can bless someone despite their circumstance. I say it loudly, you are a highly blessed young woman!

  305. Annonmousssssssssssss

    October 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hot-Angel You will Walk again by Gods Grace.

    Lizzy aka HOT – ANGEL I Love your Posts on Nairaland.

  306. oyekan j o

    October 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Thank God 4 ur life, this will help others in the situation to appreciate the fact that they have reasons to be alive and i am looking forward to see ur picture where standing and walking with ur legs my God can do it and he will do it

  307. anidiv777

    October 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    God did keep u alive for a purpose…2 BE A SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO ODAS WHO FEEL THAT BIN IN A WHEEL CHAIR TRANSLATES TO NO HOPE…I pray that God in His mercies will cause u to walk again….kudos to ur family nd friends that stood by u…And i can relate with d part abt some friends u expected to be der who werent but all things work 2geda for good….God bless u richly!!!…as 4 d 9ja part…all i can say is God help our country!

  308. Dabota

    October 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    God bless you thanks for these words, thanks for making me understand that there is much more to life than what we think life is i kown you will walk again but when that time comes dont forget to share with us.

  309. Bukola

    October 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Its amazing how most people (myself inclusive) complain about our lives and challenges we go through and here’s a lady who’s in a wheelchair and just full of laughter/optimism/enthusiasm…

    Hmmm… i have learnt a lot from your story today and i will never forget it! I pray God heals you totally… THANK YOU!

  310. Elizabeth Oke

    October 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks again everyone. Here’s my Blog for those interested in following up with me.

    http://lizzyoke.blogspot.com/

  311. Yvonee

    October 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    This is truly inspiring. I read another story once about disability in Nigeria and how it was so hard for disabled people to survive because of so many factors. I remember sharing it on my Facebook page because i thought it is something every person should read and be aware of. Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are beautiful inside and out and may God continue to bless and keep you strong and happy! 🙂

  312. Omonivie

    October 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    This is the LORD’S doingand it is MARVELOUS in our eyes! i am so happy for you. Thanks to Jehovah God and shame to the devil. My pray for you is keep having the faith in God continually you will surely receive more MIRACLES n you will keep sharing TESTIMONY IJN Amen. God bless you.

  313. unidentified blogger

    October 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Im happy and proud to be a new friend added on to ur life dear. Your story made me realize to be grateful to God everyday and appreciate him even for the smallest things He does in our lives. Just keep the light shining in your life and God will always be with you and never forsake you. Amen. ur frend in GP :>)

  314. Fairy GodSister

    October 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Sweetheart you look as beautiful as ever, and with this experience and the way you have handled it, you have hit levels of maturity and growth both mentally and spiritually that many of us will never get to.

    I join my faith with yours and I’m counting down to the post on Bella Naija telling us you’re back on your feet again! It is possible.

    Hugs!!
    http://www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com

  315. Deola

    October 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    You are such an inspiration! God bless you!

  316. cathy

    October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    one day i know the impossible would become possible, the LORD is your strength my dear

  317. olubunmi

    October 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I av a very similar story. I had an accident too in my first year @ uni. I was on my way to school in a friends car- about 5 of us were in d car, but I was d only one that got injured. I broke my spine in 2 places but luckily for me, it was just below my spinal cord. Even tho iv been living with a terrible backache everyday for d last 10 yrs, I feel very blessed to be here. God kept me for a reason

    God has a purpose for you. Ur story is truly inspiring and may God continue to bless you

  318. Fissy

    October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I love your courage. Thanks for sharing your story, its really inspirational. I thank God for your life, he kept you alive for a reason. You’re such a beautiful lady with a bright future ahead and I pray things go well for you in Jesus name. Keep going strong, the lord is your strength.

  319. Sunmisola

    October 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I read nd read dis story wit tears flowing thru my cheeks. Tears of joy thanking God 4 saving ur life nd giving m courage dat u wil walk again IJN. I luv u Lizzy

  320. hghg

    October 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I read this with thankfulness, wonder and more appreciation for life and for every little detail.I gather ,your spirit had already perceived what was to come,why you had that song by sammy playing,clearly states your stand and your declearations already,you were thanking God before time for life the devil thought he could steal.Your story had blessed me and opened my eyes the more.This thing we call life we can just lose it in a flash and all this things we struggle to keep and make sense of would not even count.T

    • Elizabeth Oke

      October 19, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Thank you so very much. We should all be thankful for each day we are blessed with.

  321. pips

    October 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I am awed by your story Liz, you are not standing, you are standing tall far above challenges. Thanks for sharing. You are a brave woman. God bless you.

  322. NaijaGurl

    October 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Most inspiring story here on BN. WOW! our God is faithful. This is very similar to my story. Had an accident too few yrs back and I have scars that will forever remind me of that faithful day. Yes there are times when I feel self-conscious because pple give me odd looks when they see it. I wonder too sometimes how I will even get married and if I meet a someone whether he will like me with these scars. But wat can I do if not to thank God each day for his grace.
    Thank you so much for being u and not letting the devil ruin ur happiness. Thank you for your inspiring words and encouragement. The God who answers prayers will not disappoint you.
    I wish I cud meet u and give u a big hug.
    I cnt even hold bck my tears – in fact I’m crying on my way to class
    Remain blessed forever & always

  323. Nora

    October 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Lizzy baby, i don’t much to tell u. But all i need to tell u is to put faith in place of fear. There is nothing 2 big 4 our creator to do. Cheers baby.

  324. Abisola

    October 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Thank you very much for sharing your story!! You are living proof that no matter what comes our way in life, God is still on the throne and He is forever sovereign. I too have been dealing with a “strong” bone issue for about 10 years now which affected my height (I like to speak positively so I refuse to call myself weak). Your story really blessed me and increased my faith to continue to believe God for my healing and desired height (I’m speaking forth those things that are not as though they were!) 🙂
    I pray that Great Physician will heal you and make you whole and you will walk again. Please continue to wait (patiently!) on God, He has promised never to leave or forsake you and He NEVER forgets His promises and covenants. He has engraved you in the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16); He holds the whole world in His hands yet you will not fall from His hand. I also pray that your positive spirit and love of life will continue to increase everyday and your faith will not waver. Numbers 6:24-26 and Luke 1:45 – it is WELL with you!

    Also, please check out these links, our miracle-working God healed a woman that had been on a wheelchair for 23 years!!! There is absolutely nothing that He cannot do so don’t give up on Him because He has not given up on you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgF9ffhnae4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpWSptjG8eQ&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1YxJfLKF7c&feature=related

  325. Hannah(Ghana)

    October 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    You will walk again in Jesus name. God bless you and be with you. You are blessed.

  326. Temi

    October 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    May God bless and heal you. Amen. Thanks for speaking out!

  327. Ebun bamitale sabba

    November 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Oooo my sister, u are a GOD gift. I pray dat GOD wil grant u ur heart desires. Amen. U wil live 2 tel another gud news.

  328. LOVEBUG

    December 2, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR YOU MY SISTER MY GOD WILL RAISE YOU UP FOR THAT WHEEL CHAIR AND YOU WILL BEGAN TO WALK AND EVEN SHRUG YOUR SHOULDERS BY THE GRACE OF THE GOD I PUT ALL MY TRUST IN MY GOD AND HE CAN DO IT SO YOU CALM DOWN AND PRAY TO GOD AND YOUR PRAYERS WILL BE ANWERED LORKO JESU AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  329. Dmz

    December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Wooooow I saw this late but couldn’t help but cry, honey your miracle is near and we’ll all share in your joy all around the world. Believe and keep the faith strong darl

  330. Judy Hodge

    December 18, 2012 at 5:13 am

    You are a beautiful and courageous person!!! You will be in my prayers ! Never lose your faith and never ever give up!!!

  331. veronica

    December 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    your story touch my heart lizzy……and i pray for you…. you shall walk again IN JESUS NAME… you have strong heart, everything is for a reason.God almighty we never Forsake You and it shall be well with you and your household.. ………you going to walk again,no doubt about that, with a faith like yours….. believe me you are going to walk by his grace….

  332. KARO

    December 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    May the Almighty God visit you and heal you completely, it is well with you in Jesus name.

  333. dorette f

    December 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

    my dear, reading ur story today made day…i was so impressed by the way u look at life n i wish we all could appreciate life just the way you do no matter what we are facing…. God is ur strength n he said those who trust in him wl never be disappointed…. i’ll bookmark this page so i can always read it. i wish you the best in all that you do n i’ll definitely put you in my prayers… i know that it shall be well so keep up your good works

  334. Emem

    January 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I feel blessed to read your story Lizzy! I know you will walk again in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen! Thanks a lot for being a blessing. God bless you.

  335. olamide

    February 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    l love ur courage and ur faith u will surely walk again in jesus name amen

  336. Sheila Dyer

    March 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I am so inspired by your faith and strength. You are a true testimony of Gods everlasting love and his protection. I cried reading your testimony, it was a cry that inspired me to have more faith in God.

  337. Adaeze Ibechukwu

    October 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Wow! This is so touching and pure. God bless you.

  338. Dele Oyedepo

    August 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Lizzy, you have always being an inspiration and i’m still WOW’ed at some things you do. I bless God for your life

  339. ashabiOS

    November 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    am inspired, God bless and strengthen you, may His Grace be on,in and with you

  340. D. Albert

    December 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Ms. Oke, thanks for sharing your testimony and continuing to press on despite the obstacles. You are beautiful inside and out and God is using you to bless many! I pray that your continued courage and faith in Christ elevates you to higher heights!

  341. Charity Rule

    April 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    God bless you lizzy

  342. ify

    July 12, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Hi lizzy, your story is in every way inspiring. While reading , I wanted to stop cuz although it was interesting, it seemed so long! I was tired and outside , the sun was hot, my eyes we’re hurting and I had other things to do but I just couldn’t help myself but continue reading!!!. I stumbled upon your instagram while I was scrolling through the explore page and I saw your prewedding shoots and I thought it was cute, I went to your page and started scrolling. I saw how happy you were even though you were on a wheelchair and I couldn’t understand it. I kept scrolling and scrolling to see if I would get to a post where you told your story but I didn’t. Then I clicked on the link in your bio and it brought me here. I read the whole proposal story, watched the video, and read about the accident and I couldn’t help but spill tears. I was so touched. (Oh and did I mention that I visited your blog? Yeah, that too). Everything you said was too real from God to how Nigeria isn’t doing better for people with disabilities. I read architecture in school and while reading your post, I just flashed back to the times in school where our supervisors would send us back with our drawings to make corrections because we didn’t make provision for the disabled! I understood its importance but reading this makes me think “ifeoma you inconsiderate person” true, Nigeria needs to improve on making its facilities and infrastructure accessible to disabled persons and honestly, it starts with one person getting it right. You’ve really inspired me in so many areas of my life just by this singular story, spiritually, career wise, personally, etc God bless you so much Lizzy!!! And may he continue to give you the grace to live each day with the joy and strength that comes only from Him. And God bless your marriage too. Amen (your hubby must feel like a superstar everyday doesn’t he. Lol…)
    God bless you both

  343. Tayo

    July 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Reading this still gives me chill….Nothing is more important than Life. God is Good ALL THE TIME!

  344. Moyosore

    September 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Tears dripping down my eyes as I read through your story Lizzy.ur wedding pics popped up on my ig while scrolling .I saw u dancing on a wheel chair and then I checked ur pics, I saw aw beautifully dressed and happy you were with taking selfies.

    Then I got curious and ran to ur website to really know what happened. I must say I am really touched and inspired by your life. Really I thought my life is finished because last month I lost my 3years job, I have no boyfrnd no mother ,no one for support in my life. I was only praying to God for a better job , in same month I lost my job.
    I see my self in d darkest gloom as I really dnt know where or how to start life again.
    But having read your story, as long as I am fit and alive, I really dnt care anymore as my life is back to zero.

    I cry everyday why my life is not as perfect as I want it. When I lost my job, no frnd check on me or try to help. I feel stigmatised . When things were fine with me I supported people with my money and all.
    Now I am down, where are they??. I really dnt know why I am going through this at this stage of my life but may be God knows. I really feel all hope is lost and m just helpless .
    Lizzy, I am happy for you. You have everything despite ur challenges. Wonderful husband you have to support u. GOD HAS REALLY BLESS YOU.
    As you will walk again, I pray God shall turn my situations to testimony. I am really inspired and I will just pretend like everything is fine.

  345. Simi

    September 18, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Happy married life.

  346. Ada

    September 25, 2016 at 12:04 am

    God bless you dear…what an inspiration…just read your story…God is good… And May he bless ur New home…Amen

  347. Jael

    October 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Inspiring story and heartfelt prayers…but in our 160+ comments, we seem to have all glossed over the fact that WE NEED TO MAKE OUR FACILITIES ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED!!!

  348. Jane

    February 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Liz your story is very painful , and thanks for Amen he really cares about you

  349. araoye aderemi

    February 18, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I have this believe that you will stand on ur feet and walk very soon

  350. Deeabaver

    February 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I watched your wedding video on Youtube and could not help but shed tears of joy. You are not disabled as the world will see it, because you are determined to live to the fullest a thing must people walking on all two can’t even imagine. Life is what we make it no matter the circumstance. I admire Amen’s decision , I like to think I am little like him because I do everything for the ones I love. Most 21st century dudes won’t take that road, money or no money. Truly inspiring.

  351. Dawn Horeb

    March 14, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I saw your wedding pictures on IG last year and I was curious about you, to know the whole story and believe me, it’s inspiring. Going through all you did and you’re still standing tall is a testimony of God’s grace. God isn’t done with you yet. I hope I can get to meet you someday. God bless you real good ma’am.

  352. Bonface Mwangi

    February 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Your Testimony Lizzy has moved my heart and I can relate with your story in a big way. My niece that I had been guardianing for 3yrs suffered spinal infection on 27th of February 2017 and since then her life has never been the same again. She is a young beautiful girl and I can only describe her childhood just like yours playful and jovial girl who loved her self and her her mates so much. To date she is still hospitalised but I thank God she is recovering now but after two years of total struggle for her treatment. Like now now she has been hospitalised since 3rd of December 2018 and we trust God she will come out of hospital walking on her feet in Jesus name. . I have alot more to share with you my sister. I pray and wish God will give a chance to visit Kenya one day. God bless you. On Facebook I am Bonface Mwangi

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