Clodagh Cogley survived the Berkeley balcony collapse, and has some moving words to share

A week and a half ago, tragedy struck in Berkeley, California, when the balcony of a fourth floor apartment collapsed. At the time of collapse the balcony was filled with people — most of them Irish, as Irish students have a long history of coming to the Berkeley area for summer jobs. All in all, eight people were injured and six died. According to reports by the city, the balcony collapsed due to the rotting of wooden support beams.

One of the survivors, Clodagh Cogley, attends Trinity College in Dublin, but was in San Francisco for the summer on a work visa. Clodagh who is still recovering from the accident, took to Facebook earlier this week to post an incredibly moving status about the horrific event and share where she is both physically and emotionally.

“Hey friends, just an update to let you guys know how I’m getting on . . .” she writes. “The fall from the balcony left me with [two] collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, [five] broken ribs, and a broken spinal cord . . . Meaning the chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak.”

“Not the best odds,” she writes, “but I’m moving to a great rehabilitation [center] here in San Francisco for [two] months (it has dog therapy <3) and intend to give it everything I’ve got.” We can’t even imagine how terrible it would be to have to endure this, but Clodagh is positive and optimistic in the face of dark times.

“Who knows, maybe legs have been holding me back all these years and I’ll realise my talent for wheelchair basketball,” she jokes.

And then she shared yet another lesson she is taking from this horrible event, a lesson we should all remember each and every day: “The thing I’m taking from this tragedy is that life is short and I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible. Enjoy a good dance and the feeling of grass beneath your feet like it’s the last time because in this crazy world you never know when it might be.”

Here’s her entire post:

Clodagh is trying her hardest to combat this awful moment in her life with happiness and positivity and in doing so she’s sharing a message of positivity with all of us.

The post has been shared almost 60,000 times in the past two days, and for good reason. We are totally floored by Clodagh and her strength, not only in her physical recovery efforts, but in her spirit.

Clodagh has not only endured grave physical injuries that may leave her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but the death of friends, as well — and yet she’s trying her hardest to follow the light. Our hearts are with you, Clodagh, as well as with the rest of the survivors and the families of those lost.

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