Almost three years after surviving a horrific car accident, Sbahle Mpisane told the story of how she overcame her fear of driving to get behind the wheel again.

With every month that passes, Sbahle Mpisane strides further and further in her recovery journey. The popular fitness guru has spent much of the past two years rehabilitating from a near-fatal car accident which left her in a coma. This week she has opened up about one of the biggest challenges she had to overcome last year when she decided to try and get back to driving. The self-confessed car-fanatic revealed that she wasn’t going to stay away from driving forever!

Sbahle is back behind the wheel

2020 was a very important year in Sbahle Mpisane’s recovery. After surviving a traumatic car accident in August 2018, the Fitness Bunnie finally decided that last year would be the year that she gets back to driving. Although she didn’t want to share her experience immediately, this week Sbahle revealed that getting back into the driver’s seat was a mentally challenging experience.

She opened up about her initial fears when she said on Instagram, “I spent the year sitting in the passengers sit so I can have a full view of all my drivers & to see how they operated. For the longest time until early 2020, my only fear was being driven by another driver but I’ve completely overcame that awkward fear of my safety. To overcome that trauma in 2018 I decided to take the risk of driving myself whilst I was still wheel-chaired with my fixation metals on my right foot.”

 

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In another post, she explained that her love for cars and driving meant that she was never going to stay away from the steering wheel for too long, even if she almost lost her life while driving. She wrote, I started driving a year later after my car accident, that car was written off and the sadness of that was all I dealt with including my long recovery. Everyone was against me driving which is understandable but I love cars and I didn’t post about it because I feared that I would be judged.

“My car accident didn’t install fear in me I am happy to still be alive to experience the ups and downs of life and to happily drive myself without fear,”

Sbahle uses her story for good

Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Sbahle Mpisane has found ways to use her traumatic story to inspire others. Towards the end of 2020, she spent time interviewing other South Africans who also suffered life-threatening setbacks before managing to come back and achieve greatness.

In December she spent some time with Olympic silver medalist Lawrence Brittain, whose story she shared in a post where she wrote, “ know how challenging it is to face a life-threatening situation and keep motivated to chase your dream, so I wanted to know how Lawrence managed to keep chasing his dream after he was diagnosed with cancer just 2 years before the Olympic Games Rio 2016 (where he won a silver medal!)

Listening to him was truly inspirational. Lawrence, you are a great Bridgestone South Africa ambassador and I can’t wait to cheer you on as you proudly continue to represent South Africa.​”

 

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In her recovery efforts, Sbahle continues to inspire the masses across Mzansi and we are here for it!

 

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