TIPHANY ADAMS: Three lives were taken due to one person’s irresponsible acts. It affected multiple people for a lifetime. It’s like a story of tragedy but also triumph. TIPHANY ADAMS: So this highway is known as ‘Blood Alley’ because its very dangerous and you can’t get out, the cops come if you try to. TIPHANY ADAMS: So right here is basically where as far as I was told the car wreck happened. TIPHANY ADAMS: My name is Tiphany Adams. I’m 35 years old. I do a little bit of everything, I’m a serial entrepreneur. I’m now a social media influencer. I’m an athlete and I’m classified as a paraplegic. TIPHANY ADAMS: I don’t remember anything of this at all. I just know that this is where it is from the pictures and the police report and things like that. I got a call and an invite and then I decided, “You know I should go to this”, and it was a wakeboarding competition. I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a very long time. And everybody was dancing, jumping around, and my friend Crystal had called her friend to come and pick us up. I got into the back seat, I clicked the seatbelt on and then I just proceeded to put the upper latch behind my shoulder. I don’t really recall much after pulling out onto the highway. There was a lot of fog. TIPHANY ADAMS: The driver of the other vehicle proceeded to pass a semi-truck and then she passed one more going over the double yellow lines. She hit the vehicle that I was in the backseat passenger side travelling at a 130 miles per hour impact. And that is when we were all pronounced dead on scene. TIPHANY ADAMS: I was in this black abyss. They meda-flighted me from the scene of the wreck and I had over 30 hours of surgery, I was told, on my body. TIPHANY ADAMS: This is San Joaquin County hospital and this is where they first meda-flighted me. Do you see that little orange tab? That’s the helicopter pad. TIPHANY ADAMS: I spent the next three weeks in a coma. And when I woke up I said, “Daddy why can’t I feel my legs?” like, you know, they’re numb and tingly and he’s like, “Oh baby, you’re just sick right now”. TIPHANY ADAMS: I could see the look in my father’s eyes, and I knew he didn’t want to even say it. TIPHANY ADAMS: Not a day in my life did I ever think that I would be paralysed. TIPHANY ADAMS: I don’t think, “Oh wow” and I cry or anything like that. I just think, “Am I honouring these lives, even the drunk driver?”. “Am I honouring that life so that another person would choose differently?” I was the sole survivor of the wreck and that definitely added some pressure into my life. Not understanding it in the very beginning. I guess it was like, “Wow you feel guilty, like I’m just a 17 and a half year old girl in High School. Why? Why me?” “Why did I get to live? Like, Why me?” I didn’t understand that. I always try to do everything myself. TIPHANY ADAMS: I got into fitness after the car wreck, I started working at a gym as a trainer. TIPHANY ADAMS: This is my home gym. As you can see, I’m still getting things put together. I’ll show you how I get in here. TIPHANY ADAMS: I wish it were easier but I wouldn’t be this strong. I think that I had struggled with major PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. TIPHANY ADAMS: Some of my actions were quite suicidal when I look back on it, the things that I was doing to numb the pain. TIPHANY ADAMS: I felt like, “If I don’t deal with the pain and I just stuff it down, it’ll go away” and it doesn’t just go away. TIPHANY ADAMS: But I found that I enjoy training so much that I was offered to do an interview for Red Bull and so once I did that interview then there was a race that popped up. Then I said, “You know what, I should really try to do the race”. So then the last four years consecutively, I’ve done the race and then ended up first for California. When I’m in nature doing cardio and just exploring the outdoors and working out, it’s definitely just a get away for me. TIPHANY ADAMS: When I say yoga, pilates, working out, anything, it’s my style, it’s Tiphany style. I have to do what works for me. Using a wheelchair for daily mobility is never boring, even 17 years later I have still fallen out of my chair. I’ll hit a little pebble and like what do you know? Yup, there you are on the ground. SKYLER MULLER: Tiphany is, she is amazing I mean with her circumstances and everything. She doesn’t let that stop her at all. There’s never a dull moment with us. TIPHANY ADAMS: Is this what you tell your friends? SKYLER MULLER: I’m a guy, I don’t tell my friends anything. TIPHANY ADAMS: Our first date lasted eight hours so I guess it’s safe to say we hit it off. TIPHANY ADAMS: I can still have children and I definitely plan to, at least have one child for sure. I just need a bigger house, hint, hint, just kidding. This is my office, our office/editing room where we get things done. The world is definitely not fully accessible for those with disabilities but my YouTube channel “Wheely Famous” is going to allow us to see what it’s fully like going in and out of restaurants, different hotels, hopefully it’s an educational platform. Motivational speaking is important for me because it allows people to become inspired. If you want something bad enough, right, you’re going to make it happen. Every now and then, you might feel like the world is coming to an end and you can’t get out of something. But coming from my perspective and where I have been, you can do this. My hopes for the future and my goals are to allow my YouTube channel to reach the masses internationally to help inspire and uplift people and a book or two or three. Never give up, keep going, you have got this, don’t stop, don’t fall out of your chair. Enjoy this moment because you could die tomorrow. Enjoy this.