Offer comfort and hope in Jesus Christ to people with spinal cord and brain injuries and their families alongside Chelsey Lauren and Engaging Disability.
Following a devastating car accident in 2010, Chelsey Lauren sustained a spinal cord injury and traumatic brain stem injury that left her skull detached from her spine. In a stage 3 coma and placed on life support, she was not expected to survive. Two weeks later, she miraculously started to breathe on her own.
Joy over her initial recovery soon turned into heartache as Chelsey was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological condition where a person is completely paralyzed but cognitively aware of everything. Unable to coordinate breathing and vocal cords, she could only communicate through vertical eye movements and blinking.
Defying all odds and medical explanation, Chelsey regained use of her facial muscles, arms, and body. Though she spends most of her day in a wheelchair now, she can walk! “I still struggle daily, but Jesus is with me. My condition causes me to fix my eyes on him.”
Throughout the continuing struggles of daily life, Christ’s abiding presence is her source of strength and peace in suffering. And it is the source of her message to others. Today, Chelsey speaks to others with spinal cord and brain injuries and their families. She challenges them to change their perspective of suffering, their personal expectations, and their purpose in life.
“I hope that my message brings glory to God. He saved my life. Not just that, he helps me make it through every day. He is so good and glorious and worthy of praise. I hope that when people hear my story, they think, ‘Wow, God is awesome! I want to know more about him.’”
Watch the documentary Chelsey Lauren Story for more of Chelsey’s inspiring story. Minister alongside her through your ongoing or one-time support in any amount.
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