Meet Liz Gilbert...
I am a Houston playwright. In November 2003, I was injured in an automobile accident and became a quadriplegic. Paralyzed from the neck down, I faced a life of complete dependence with little hope of returning to my previous activities. Although I accepted the diagnosis of my doctors, I rejected the prognosis of remaining paralyzed and made every effort to facilitate my healing through exercise, prayer and positive thinking.
The summer of 2004, I learned about the Lazarus House and began working with the trainers there. Three times a week, I meet with a personal trainer who guides me through an intense exercise program. In the beginning, I could not even hold a weight on my own and had little movement in my limbs. With patience and compassion, the Lazarus House trainers helped me to hold my own weights and moved my limbs for me. More importantly, the emotional support I received there kept me from falling into a depression and contributed to my positive attitude about my healing possibilities.
After three years at the Lazarus House, I gained enough strength to lift my own weights, support my trunk in my wheelchair and stand with assistance. My improvement exceeded the expectations of my doctors. The strength I regained allowed me to participate in a walking program at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
I want to thank you for your support of the Lazarus House. This not only helps sustain an organization of great importance to the Houston community but has contributed to my returning to a life of independence.