OAK GROVE, Mo. -- January 13th will mark three years since a sledding accident near Taylor Hartwig's middle school. She was on a tube with a friend and they hit a tree. She remembers waking up face down in the snow. As the day approaches, her mind wanders.
"It brings back memories of like three years ago I was perfectly fine and now I'm not," said Taylor Hartwig.
Taylor is confined to a wheelchair. She can't walk, move her toes or feet, but a couple of months ago something happened.
"I just recently started getting really bad burning in my sensation line and it comes and goes, it'll hurt for a while and then go away," explained Taylor.
Pain in that area, is a good thing. It's no guarantee, but it gives her hope. In the meantime, Taylor just tries to live her life as normal as possible.
"I lift weights and everything like that and I still swim, still do all that kind of stuff, still hang out with my friends more than anything," she said.
Taylor said her friends and family have been a key part to getting through the past three years. They are supportive but don't treat her differently.
"They treat me like a normal person and that's all I ask. I don't like being treated differently. I really don't, I hate it so much, I always have," she said.
Taylor struggles a bit with her independence too, she wants to do a lot, but has limitations.
"There are some things I want to be independent on but I know that I can't be. I have to rely on them, I don't like relying on people, I like to do my own thing," she said.
One of Taylor's immediate goals, get a license and drive. Long term - walking across the stage at graduation. Her family says if anyone can do it, it's Taylor.