HUNTERSVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Nastasha Reinhardt is simply delightful to be around. She's the kind of person who's grateful for the little things.
"I saw the sun for the first time in seven weeks and I heard a bird chirp," she said.
Nastasha landed in the hospital in early June after she was in a car accident on I-77 just before the Brawley school exit that involved a construction vehicle. Now, she's recovering at a rehab center in Huntersville.
"My oldest brother comes in and tells me that I can't let this bed get me depressed. My sister brings me ice cream. I love ice cream. She brings me Sweet Frog. My mom cooks the food for me because I refuse to eat the hospital food. It's not yummy," said Nastasha.
She doesn't remember much from the crash. Just a black figure in the highway. We're told a construction worker pulled out in front of Natasha, leaving her no time to stop or slow down.
"I thank the people who helped me get out of my car. They didn't have to stop. That's the honest to God truth," she said.
“Do you remember any of that?” I asked.
"No, but my mom does. I appreciate them. They didn't have to help me. They could have just kept driving along. They stopped. I had somebody on my side that day," Nastasha said.
Nastasha says that after all she’s been through, it’s her family that’s really kept her going.
"My family. They come and motivate me every day. Times when I was having a bad day, I’d call my brother. He's my best friend. the doctor came in and said I may not be able to move my hand. My brother was the first person I called because I got sad automatically. He gave me the motivation. I started moving my hand the next day," she said.
She's got such a positive personality. I found myself walking away from her home with a smile - even though the circumstances that brought us all here -- were grim.
We wrapped up our conversation with a question that left me with a life lesson I won't soon forget.
"If you were sitting in my seat, what's the question you would ask?" I asked Nastasha,
"Do you have any fears in life? I used to think I was scared of heights and all kinds of crazy stuff. I think I’ve conquered all my fears. I think I’d go skydiving after this point."