Amber Wilkins has made remarkable progress since she suffered life-threatening injuries when her car was broadsided by a cement truck.
The accident took place more than two and a half years ago leaving Amber with a severe head injury, broken neck and numerous internal injuries.
Her progress since the accident has been slow but evident to those around her.
Shannon Stickman, co-owner of Seven Salon, is one of those close to Amber who has watched her steady improvement.
"We had her come in for small tasks as soon as she was able," Stickman said in an interview with Channel 6 News.
"We always need foil, so she would sit at a desk in her wheelchair, slowly cutting while holding the foil up close to her face."
Now Amber works at the reception desk and walks around the store managing supplies on the shelves.
"it's my girls-time," explained Amber.
And she called life with her son Bailey "my boy-time, he's so happy, so full of joy.."
Amber's accident was horrific and an added ordeal for the entire family still processing the loss of Amber's sister Kayla who died in a car accident 6 years earlier at age 15.
"There were dark, dark moments for all of us," said Amber's older brother Ryan who has just published a book detailing the family struggles and triumphs.
"So many bad situations have become good through these tragedies and it's just amazing to me that we can say that. As difficult as this has been, we truly feel blessed."
The name of the book is "Realer than Real" and includes an account of Amber's troubled years as a victim of domestic violence.
She says she can see now that it was the accident that rescued her from that dangerous circumstance.
"I'm thankful, my life was a mess."
The forward to the book is written by Tom Osborne. The website is: www.realerthanrealbook.com.
Proceeds from the book will be used for a trust fund to support Amber and Bailey.