What happened on June 9, 2013 was a traumatic and life changing event. It left me with 17 serious injuries, put me in a coma, and I underwent over a dozen surgeries during my three month stay at the hospital. I have been in and out of the hospital needing surgeries since that day, and each day struggle with my mental health and chronic pain. The negative impacts from that day are great, but the positives continue to outweigh the negatives by a landslide. That day does not define me as a person, but instead it helps guide and shape me into a person I am proud of. My name is Maia Vezina, I am 26 years old, and I am defined by the things I love, the people I connect with, the places I travel to, the actions I take, the reactions I have, and so much more. I love to travel, experience new places and meet new people. I have a passion for writing, reading and drawing, and completed two bachelor degrees to pursue my dream of becoming an English teacher. I am an advocate for those with chronic illness, and strive to be a support system for whoever may need one. I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, where I continue my lifelong recovery and healing journey.