The first year following the accident, Welman participated in physical therapy as her body recovered. Emotionally, she found assistance by attending therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as attending group therapy sessions with other survivors of the bridge’s collapse.
“My own experience with PTSD has given me more compassion for others who also deal with it. For the longest time, the sound of jackhammers or a train crossover a bridge while I was underneath,” would bring on unpleasant memories, she said.
Welman’s faith in God was the one thing that was not shaken.
“God gave me peace during and after the accident. I learned I can make the choice to be positive rather than to be bitter or live in fear,” said Welman, adding that her faith has also helped her to overcome her PTSD.
Welman said enjoys sharing her experience with others as she challenges people to trust in the Lord.
On Thursday, Crossview Covenant Church’s Faith Builders will be hosting Lois and Greg Welman, as they share the story of the bridges collapse. Lois and her husband will also focus on how the collapse caused their faith in God to deepen as well as the lessons they learned from such an experience.
Eleanor Kottke, a member of the Faith Builders and coordinator of the event, learned of Lois’s story through a friend.
“We feel Lois’s story is a great example of God’s teaching power.”