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How tragedy transformed a life

Original post made on Jul 2, 2013

Melissa Moody of Menlo Park is the subject of a new documentary on the nature of happiness. After being run over by a truck in 1992, she underwent 30 reconstructive surgeries. Today she has a private practice in massage therapy. ==B Photo:== Ms. Moody with one of her patients, Will Fuller. ==I Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.==

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 28, 2011, 8:09 AM

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Posted by Heather
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I saw this documentary and loved Melissa's story. What I keep wondering is what happened to the sister-in-law. How could anyone, especially a relative, get so angry as to hurt someone as bad as she did? Were there charges pressed against her? How did she feel knowing she'd hurt Melissa so badly? I can't get my head around that and wonder what ever happened to her.

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Posted by Carole
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I'm curious like Heather: what happened to the sister-in-law?

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Posted by Melissa
a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Hi Heather,

I am glad you watched the film HAPPY and liked it. It is really sad and it is hard to understand- she did not mean to hurt me and yet, ran over me. Emotions can blind us, even for a few seconds, and those seconds can be dangerous. But it was an accident. No charges were pressed. I cannot speak for her- only she can, (as to how she felt). It has taken time but I have forgiven and we are friends. Healing is powerful.... my inner healing is up to me and learning to let go and be grateful for today has been powerful.

Blessings, Melissa

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Posted by Sharon Tucker
a resident of Willow Oaks Elementary
on Aug 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I too wondered about the sister in law and the two of you were related. Your marriage ended after the accident and it sounded like your husband struggled with guilt. That made me wonder if she was from his side of the family.

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Posted by Melissa
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

My sister-in-law is by brother's wife. You are welcome to email me personally at and visit my web page anytime. Blessings, Melissa

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Posted by Olivia castro
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Wow melissa what an inspiring story..goes to prove how only you are in charge of your destiny. Good luck to you and thank you for your story. Olivia from salinas

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Posted by Sazza
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Hello Melissa, I just wanted to say how much of an inspiration you are to many. From what I've seen you've found true serenity, and I'm so very happy for you. With all best wishes, Sazza

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Posted by Krishna
a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Very inspiring story...

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Posted by Lynn
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm

God bless you! I too saw "Happy". Your story is an inspiration.

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