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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

Comments (15)

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Very inspiring story...

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.

Posted by Patricia
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I haven't lived half the adversity you have to, and sometimes I find hard to trust in people. You are the most inspiring person I have heard about. With all the due respect, may I ask if you think God exist? Do you think all this that happen to you have a trascendent sense? Please do not misunderstand me, I just want to know wether you have had a personal experience with God. A simple answer of Yes of No, will be enough. Thanks a lot for sharing your story. It helps me a lot. I beg everybody else not to post about their personal beliefs about God.

Posted by Linda
a resident of Hillview Middle School
on Mar 19, 2016 at 9:42 am

Hi Melissa,

You are inspiring, beautiful and wise. You have taught me that true beauty comes from within and physical beauty is icing; nice but not all too important to the cake. I can tell that you are a loved woman. You are a real beauty!

Santa Rosa, CA

Posted by Arieana
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Dear Melissa,

I don't know if you still read this thread, but I just want repeat what everyone has said and say you are inspiring and absolutely gorgeous!


Posted by Reshma
a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

I saw your story on Happy and I want to thank you for sharing your story. You brave, beautiful, Beautiful woman. God bless you and yours.


Posted by Cindy Follmer
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2017 at 10:03 am

Thank you Melissa for sharing your amazing story. You are a true inspiration. You left a wonderful impression on my heart for forgiveness, humanity, love, mankind.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda

on Sep 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

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