Back on the Court: A Young Woman's Triumphant Return to Life, Love & Basketball
by Sonya Elliott
Sonya Elliott was driving home from her wedding shower with her fiance when their car was hit by a train. Sonya survived—Mark did not. As an athlete and model, Sonya's shattered right arm and leg, bruised heart, punctured lung, and lacerated spleen and kidney were life-threatening injuries that tested her strength and will to survive. Yet these were nothing compared to the emotional struggle she endured in coming to terms with Mark's death. With time and hard work, Sonya was eventually able to play basketball, model and fall in love again. Her experience gives her rare insight into survival and healing, and she is determined to share her story of tragedy and recovery to encourage and inspire.
"Back on the Court is an incredibly emotional and powerful read." — Warren MacDonald, Author of A Test of Will
"Back on the Court is an intimate glimpse into the depth of love we all want, the type of tragedy we all fear, and the strongest hope we all seek. No one can read this story and walk away unchanged." — Catherine L. Crosslin, CEO and Managing Partner of Instar Performance
About the Author
As a senior in college Sonya began modeling. She filmed her national Soloflex commercial before the accident and her national Easy Spirit commercial (where she played basketball in pumps) just as she was regaining use of her right arm following the accident. Sonya has been in countless magazines, catalogues, brochures and advertisements as well as on the runway throughout her career. She continues to play basketball competitively in Seattle's top women's leagues and coaches youth basketball. Sonya continues to work as a model and as a freelance writer. Sonya and her husband and children live in Seattle with their boxer Sassy. Learn more at sonyaelliott.com
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