TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It's been nearly two months since Linda Gonzalez and her fiance were riding a motorcycle down Evergreen Avenue, when they struck a rope strung between a mailbox and a tree.
Gonzalez was hospitalized immediately after and released in March.
She has stayed positive throughout her recovery.
"You can survive and just make the best of every day. I don't take for gr anted anything anymore," said Gonzalez.
It's a message she has lived by after the crash nearly took her life. Her recovery has been going much better than expected. The wires in her mouth were removed last week.
"I don't remember being in pain because I was in shock. I was awake for it all and I remember everything," she said.
Her words are powerful.
She opened up to Tucson News Now to share her story herself rather than through those closest to her.
The memory of the incident remains vivid for her. It's what happened afterward that became a blur.
"When the strap hit me in the face, I didn't really know what was happening. I was pinned with the strap and the bike and the strap let loose," Gonzalez explained, "Waking up I had all of these tubes down my throat and I just kind of laid there."
Gonzalez has stayed strong through it all, continuing to inspire others in hopes something like this doesn't happen to anyone else.
"I want to let every one know to be kind to each other. Just be kind, it's easy," she said. She's still waiting to find out who strung the rope. "Somebody has got to know something and somebody's got to have a conscience."
A reward for any information is expected to come out next week.
A poker run fundraiser for Linda is going on Saturday night, April 7. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Cycles, Skis and ATVs, 4649 E. 22nd Street. It ends at the Wooden Nickel, 1908 S. Country Club Road at 3:30 p.m. The event continues at Wooden Nickel until 7:30 p.m.
Registration for the ride begins at 9:30 a.m.