There is a private dock in Fort Myers. For those who visit this dock, it’s a peaceful place.
And for 30-year-old Brittany Lengyel, the survivor of a horrific car accident, it’s where she realized her long-awaited recovery had come to fruition.
“One day I was coming home from work in Naples (to the Daniels exit),” she explained, “Like every other day.”
“My last memory is someone texting. I look over and someone was looking down with two hands on the phone,” she said.
Lengyel said she swerved to get away. When she did, she hit the guard rail. Her car flipped three times. She landed upside down. Then 27 years old, she survived, but it took two years of chronic pain, emotional trauma, and three brain surgeries.
On top of that, she said she suffered a stroke as well as surgical screws coming loose.
“I had a gut feeling. I could feel screws coming out. I could touch them. I could feel them,” she said.
One surgeon believed her gut feeling and she said he went in blindly to remove the screws.
“And I was out of the hospital the next day and doing laundry,” she said.
Lengyel ran with the success of the surgery. Her surgeon prescribed physical therapy and speech therapy and she put everything into it.
“I was so excited, it was like a little boy, his first time playing tee ball.”
Which is why today, she can watch the sunset in peace. And she doesn’t need blackout shades to do so.
“You have a choice,” she said of what happened to her, “You either get bitter or you get better. And I chose to get better.”