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Melyssa Ford Details Tough Road To Recovery Following Near-Fatal Car Accident

"There are days where simple tasks take the effort of 40 men"

It's been a little more than three months since model Melyssa Ford's near-fatal car accident. Since then, the 41-year-old has spent time recuperating and trying to get back to normal. But in a deeply revealing Instagram post, the first since the June 29 incident, Ford details how "simple tasks take the effort of 40 men."

"I’m battling depression, crushing, malignant depression," Ford captioned. "It was always there; it’s just been made a little worse because of the head trauma from the crash. There are days where simple tasks take the effort of 40 men; mornings where I’m unhappy to wake and see the sun because it’s another day spent listlessly looking for solid meaning in life."

Ford's Jeep collided with an 18-wheeler and reportedly flipped three times, resulting in the reality star fracturing her skull. Ford survived the accident because she wore her seat belt. Shortly after being released from the hospital, she took to social media to thank all those who helped her.

"Due to my skull fracture and concussion, there are parts I may never remember. What I do know now, after seeing photos and hearing the accounts from people that came to my rescue before the EMT’s, is that some incredible human beings stopped to pull me from the wreckage of my Jeep, risking their lives not knowing if the car was at risk of catching fire,” she said. “They removed their own clothing to place under and around my head to hold the gaping wound to my skull closed and held a hat over my face to shield me from the sun."

In her latest Instagram post, Ford is sitting on a patio overlooking the ocean, Ford ended it by urging others to check in with their friends.

"Trying to seek help feels like drowning in a strong current with a lifeline swinging right above your head. I say all this to say check in with your ‘strongest friend’... no one ever does."

 

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I’m battling Depression. Crushing, malignant Depression. It was always there; it’s just been made a little worse because of the head trauma from the crash. There are days where simple tasks takes the effort of 40 men; mornings where I’m unhappy to wake and see the sun because it’s another day spent listlessly looking for solid meaning in life. The guilt I feel at having survived and not feeling constant gratitude is a heavy weight to bear. I’m trying to jump back into my life but it feels like there are two Me’s: Before and After the crash. And I barely know who Before Me is anymore. Trying to seek help feels like drowning in a strong current with a lifeline swinging right above your head. I say all this to say check in with your ‘strongest friend’... no one ever does.

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