Dear friends on WordPress,

Whether I know you personally or not, at some point you stumbled upon my website or found me for some reason. Thanks for your support! I hope that through my challenge, you’ve seen an example of faith and persistence. And maybe your challenges have seemed a little less–that is my hope.

Thank you for reading my story and my notes. It gives me a reason to write. Writing is a great release.

I’ve explained what has happened in my blogs and I’ve been documenting my story. Since June of 2012, I’ve been writing about my hopes for recovery while at the same time, attempting to reach out to readers like yourselves.

I’ve gotten some positive feedback. One of my favorites was an email I received from a man named Fouad out of Berkeley, California. He stumbled upon my article on and said he was moved by it. I want to share some of his email:

He wrote: “Your attitude has strengthened my faith in God and my hope that one day my daughter will walk again. She was in a car accident three years ago, at eighteen years old while on her way to a friend’s house.”

Her situation is similar to mine in that I was also in high school at the time of my accident. Her level is a C6 Spinal Cord Injury.

He continued: “She has been a fighter like you; with her faith in Jesus and her hope, the injury never stopped her from pursuing her goals. She will be graduating from U of C Berkeley. Doctors say it is a complete injury, but we’ve witnessed some indications that it is not.”

I’m posting the link to the article he read below in case you want to read it:

People with spinal-cord injuries are not always given enough hope. Sometimes they are released from physical therapy too early, or they don’t have enough insurance to cover the high costs. I want to tell people they don’t have to give up on hope for recovery, that is why Fouad’s email is touching for me.

If you could offer any ideas or suggestions, maybe links or resources where I could write more on this topic please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your support!

P.S. I met with my new rehab. doctor today who is very hopeful about me learning how to walk with only one cane. I’m starting PT two times a week in his new facility this week and I’m excited about it. Will keep you posted on further updates!

Author: Zina Hermez

I'm a teacher, writer, and speaker. I got into publishing when I joined a Christian writers' group online where I met a few select authors who mentored me. My life changed. Through classes, webinars, and friendly emails, I've been encouraged to write. I started my blog to cope with my spinal injury in hopes of helping people.

2 thoughts on “Dear friends on WordPress,”

  1. Zina, I so admire your ongoing faith and your determination to put action to your faith. I’m delighted to see how you’re encouraging others to have faith they can heal. I do believe you will walk with one cane. I’m over here cheering you on.


    1. Thank you Sharon! For cheering me on and for being a friend. I’m so glad we met. Thank you for believing in me and believing that I will achieve my goal!


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