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Getting a second chance, a real blessing in life

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By SAM HATCHER

Since March 24, Suanne Bone has had a lot of time of her hands.

The attractive 35-year-old native of Wilson County has been for the most part bedridden on her back recovering from multiple injuries sustained when she and a friend were struck by a speeding hit and run driver as they were walking down Hill Street in Lebanon near dusk.

A series of broken bones, deep cuts, bruises and contusions have and continue to cause her great pain as she slowly but steadfastly moves toward what she and her family believe will be a complete recovery.

Despite a week’s stay in a Nashville hospital immediately following the event that almost claimed her life and what is forecast to be as long as an eight-week stay here at Pavilion, a recently opened nursing and healthcare facility, Suanne’s spirits are high.

She knows recovery is still awhile off. She realizes that in six weeks or so she will have the strength and health to begin therapy, another important stage, albeit a likely lengthy ordeal, in the process to get her back to where she needs to be.

But in the meantime, Suanne, still struggling with physical pain, is thankful that she’s had the opportunity that many who have been in similar situations didn’t.

The car that hit Suanne and her friend, Melanie Long, an owner of the White Room women’s formal wear store in Lebanon, was believed to be traveling at close to 50 miles per hour at the point of contact. The vehicle struck the two from behind, sent their bodies into the air, causing them to collapse on the front hood of the vehicle before they eventually rolled off and into a ditch several hundred feet from the initial impact.

Both young ladies were LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Hospital immediately. Melanie was released a day or so later from the hospital following the accident and is making good progress toward recovery.

With nothing but time on her hands, Suanne is doing a lot of thinking.

She believes she’s been given a second chance at life and she’s not about to discount this very special opportunity.

Among her many interests is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Her interest in this non-profit charity organization has been generated by her love for her only sibling, her brother Hal, who suffers from Crohn’s disease.

Suanne has been active in the charity for a number of years in support of Hal. She’s run half marathons, collected contributions and worked in a number of volunteer roles. Most recently, as you may read on our front page today, Suanne was spearheading a fund raising effort in Wilson County for a family day run/walk event at Centennial Park in Nashville for CCFA.

Although her present disabilities may have altered her role in this fund raising chore, her spirit and dedication to the project have not been deterred.

Wednesday Suanne welcomed at her bedside visitors from Pinnacle Bank and her own Morning Rotary Club who brought generous contributions for the event.

This story may end by saying Suanne is down but not out.

She knows she’s been spared and has been given a second chance at life.

And she planning on taking full advantage of the blessing she’s been given, simply by giving back. 

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