Tanner Was in an Accident Last Night

By Tayler, age 17, California
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Five missed calls, twelve unread text messages, and a voicemail are what I woke up to on February 2, 2011. They all said the same thing and they were all from the same person, my best friend's mother. "Call me as soon as you can," was the simple text message. I absentmindedly ignored the message and continued with the rest of my morning. Sitting in first period, my phone vibrated every ten minutes. Something in the back of my mind told me that something had to be wrong. I knew that my best friend Tanner had an appointment the day before in San Diego, and that worried me. What if they actually found something? What if something went wrong?

I left first period, and hid in the bathroom to silently dial her mother's number. My hands quaked, and I was so nervous that I could have fallen down. She finally answered, and then I was hit by a train. "I need you to be here. Tanner was in a wreck last night, and it was really bad." I could hear the fear in her voice.

"How bad is it?" I responded, weakened by the sudden news.

"She went under a semi. Tanner might not make it. We need you here. You are her best friend, and you are practically her sister," her mom Pam whispered. I said I'd be there as soon as I could get there. I hung up the phone, and walked into the hallway slowly, looking for a friendly face. The first person I saw was Mackenzie, someone we had both cheered with in junior high, and she automatically knew I was upset. She wrapped me into her arms, and said that whatever it was she wasn't going to let me stay at school. She took me home, and I told her about the news I had received.

The thought of losing Tanner was unfathomable. We did absolutely everything together, other than going to separate schools, but we made up for it by living with each other on weekends. She was my sister, my best friend, and the only person who knows my every secret. Tears fell from my eyes like I was going to create a new ocean in the middle of Bakersfield.

I arrived home and had my mom take me to the hospital. I walked into the room, and her mom wrapped me in a hug. She had been crying, and I assumed the worst. "When they told me she might not make it, the only other person I could think about was you. You know my daughter better than anyone else in the world, and you needed to know what was going on. She is better today, but still pretty beat up."

They let me in to see her. She was sleeping silently, and I didn't want to wake her. The nurse walked in and I asked what was wrong. Her brain was lacerated, both a blood clot and an air bubble on her brain, she had an uncountable number of fractures in her face, her elbow was dislocated, her lungs were badly bruised, and nerves which control the right side of her face did not work right, but how she had made it this far after the accident amazed me.

Her brand new white Toyota Corolla was smashed in a way that still makes me cringe when I see the picture. She is lucky to be alive. The semi truck turned in front of her from the middle lane, going into an area that he was not supposed to be in. He did not signal that he was turning from the middle lane, so she continued going straight in the right lane, and then the truck smashed into her.

For me, these are the takeaways from this situation: Always, always take caution when driving around larger vehicles. One little mistake can seriously damage or end your life. Tanner is seventeen years old, and she cannot go to school the rest of her junior year, and she can't go to Australia this summer like she had planned. Her life is forever changed because of one mistake, and even though it wasn't hers, it isn't always that way. She is lucky to be alive, and I am lucky to still have my best friend. Never take anyone in your life for granted because losing them through something so traumatic and instant is the hardest thing to deal with. If she wouldn't have made it, I would hurt forever because I never got the chance to say goodbye. Tell everyone you love them while you have the chance to say it because you never know what will happen when your life is interrupted by a traumatic accident. Be safe!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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