Life is full of ups and downs, but some people find them hard to bear
"I have bipolar disorder and it was at a low point, and I had a situation in my life that was stressing me, and that just drove me to do a desperate act," said Pam Harp.
A difficult situation led Harp to believe she should commit suicide. On Feb. 21, 2011, she left her house and set out for a busy road. Harp went out to U.S. 60 just east of Springfield, where she pulled over on the side of the road. Drivers of three cars pulled over to see if she needed help and after that is when it happened.
"I had a suicide note. I put it in my Bible at the 23rd Psalm to my husband, stepped out of my van, waited for a tractor trailer to come by, stepped out in front of it, and this is where God really comes into play. The tractor-trailer driver saw me and swerved." she said.
Even though the driver tried to save her, part of the tractor trailer still hit her, leaving her with both hands broken, hip problems, a broken ankle and the need for lots of skin grafts on her left leg.
"I hit the trailer and I was caught up in the wheels of the trailer. It dragged me about 100 feet, threw me to the side of the road. I remember someone standing over me saying I was critically injured," said Harp.
While she didn't come out 100 percent injury free, she says she's thankful to be here today, and that her family and faith got her through the difficult time. Seven months after staying in the hospital and almost three years after it happened, Harp wants to help spread the message that you can get help.
"It's not worth it. It's not worth what you put your family through if you have a successful suicide or suicide attempt. It devastates your family, so I would just tell anyone to seek out help and to embrace life. I'm so thankful to be here, I'm so thankful to God, I'm so thankful to my family. I'm just blessed," said Harp.
Harp says she'd like to write a book and possibly make public appearances.