Lifes Reflections April 11, 2022 - Cathy Peters doing better since farm accident
Cathy Peters was injured on her rural farm when doing some barn chores

Life’s Reflections: Everyday getting better for farm accident victim

On a Facebook message this past week, Cathy Peters, who was injured in a  farm accident Dec. 26, 2021, penned: “I’m singing Hallelujah a little before Easter this year. Today I had an appointment with my surgeon. She said everything that was broken has healed very well and I do not need to see her again unless I have an issue. I am released to return to all my normal activity.”

However, she went on to say, “It  will probably take a year to regain my strength, stamina and flexibility. But you know me, I have no intentions of letting it take that long. I was initially told when I was in ICU that it could take six months for me to walk on my own. With the excellent care I have received at Winning Edge Physical Therapy: Elevating Wellness Inside & Out and 10 days in the Florida sunshine I am happy to say I am walking unassisted, albeit slow and awkward, in under four months.”

Her next challenge is getting back to work.

“So why not try tomorrow?,” she wrote on Facebook in early March. “I am returning to Versailles Dental tomorrow starting with half a day. I’m beyond excited to get back to the place and people I love and have missed so much,” she said. “I know that I have said this before but I could not have done this without all the love, support and most of all the prayers from my family, friends, church and community. I am beyond blessed. I am forever grateful that God spared my life on 12-16-2021. Now I just pray that I can live the rest of my life to honor Him and carry out the plan He has for my life.”

Cathy, who indicated she is on her way to full recovery but is not there yet.

“I  can walk unassisted but it’s very slow. It will take a while to build up my strength,” she said.

For those who don’t know, Cathy was injured on their rural farm when doing some barn chores for husband Scott who was away on business.

She was feeding the animals when four large bales (1,000 pounds) of hay fell from above and trapping her.

Thankfully, the cell phone she had with her didn’t get damaged and she used it to call 9-1-1 and her daughter, Ellen, who was in the house. Before medical officials could get there, Ellen had lifted the bales off of her mother enough, so that her legs would come unpinned. EMS arrived shortly thereafter and took over.

It was determined that she had 18 broken ribs, broken right tibia and fibula, broken big toe, broken scapula, broken sacrum and L3,4,5 and 6 displaced fractures in her pelvis.

Congratulations, Cathy on your courage, your will to survive, the hard work you put in to getting mended and all you do for your family and friends. You’re a blessing.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Larry Thornhill, James Edward Rahm, Marianne Trump and Kathleen Floyd.
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Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Dave Niley, Chuck Edwards, Michael Young, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Helen L. Teeter, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
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Happy birthday:
April 12 to Randy Waymire, Tammy Klipstine, Phyllis Coppock Brumbaugh, Dean Husted, Ed Riegel and Patty Thwaits.
April 13 to Rick Rose, Clarke Moody, Kendra Breaden, Betty Birt and Robin Hesson.
April 14 to Mike Campbell, Nathan Cox, Meredith Smith and Holly Hill.
April 15 to Allan Addington, Tammy Tollefson, Kary Tollefson, Kevin Osterloh, Craig Bowman and Fred Dakin.
April 16 to Todd Gasper, Pat Barga, Carla Hummel, Annie Sonner, Ken Mescher, Tressa Emmins and Kimberly Hiegel.
April 17 to Bob Christian, Amy Hine, Joe VanVickle, Curtis Miller, Kyle Schlechty, Amber Schoen and Mike Buckmaster.
April 18 to Brian Harrod, Derek Schmitz, Katrina Widener, Jeanne Lyme and Delbert Fourman.
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Happy anniversary to: Kelly and Chris Moody and Lori and Mark Kimmel, all on April 16; and Luke and Connie Stachler (48 years) on April 18.
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Think about it: “As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And, as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.” Author Unknown

Here is a photo of Cathy Peters when she was in the hospital last December. (Courtesy Photo)
Here is a photo of Cathy Peters when she was in the hospital last December. (Courtesy Photo)
Cathy took a picture of herself going back into the barn where her accident happened four months ago. (Courtesy photo)
Cathy took a picture of herself going back into the barn where her accident happened four months ago. (Courtesy photo)
Here is Cathy Peters in an updated photo. She still has a little ways to go but is mending well thus far. (Courtesy photo)
Here is Cathy Peters in an updated photo. She still has a little ways to go but is mending well thus far. (Courtesy photo)
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I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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