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  • Writer's pictureAthanasia Houvarda

Words have power

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

Crash Victim_Life Survivor podcast is an idea that a dear friend of mine, Valentina, planted in my head a few years back. But with my busy schedule, I just never allowed it to sprout. Now that the world has slowed down, and with more time in my hands that I would normally ask for, I thought to myself, why not?

The more I read about it, the more excited I got. Podcasting can be a powerful tool that can reach listeners globally. The thought of my message reaching listeners from every corner of the world gave me the energy to focus on creating my first series of Crash Victim Life Survivor Podcast.

I believe that words are powerful and real stories and experiences can touch a lot of people and possibly influence them in a positive way. Raising awareness on road safety has become my mission since I experienced first hand, the heartache it can cause and the disruption in our lives. My keynote speech titled "Life interrupted" takes you through the domino effect I went through, that lasted 6 years since my crash. I was severely injured when I was 23 years old with extreme burns on 74% of my body that challenged me to fight for my life.

But why is Road Safety crucial?

“Road traffic safety refers to the methods and measures used to prevent road users from being killed or seriously injured. Typical road users include pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, vehicle passengers, horse riders, and passengers of on-road public transport.”

Life Interrupted and food for thought.

Something we never take into consideration when we leave home every day, is that there is always a chance that we might not make it back. At the age of 23, It never crossed my mind to even consider this possibility. I was untouchable, unbreakable. Nothing bad would ever happen to me, I was too young, or so I thought. But reality hit me hard and I knew I was wrong.

It was a typical Sunday morning, I got ready, left home, and instead of returning home that day, I ended up in the hospital in the Intensive Care Unit, fighting to stay alive. It took me around 2 months just to survive and another 18 months to recover from my injuries before I could make it back home. It was a long and painful road to recovery and in my podcast I am taking the listeners through all the stages of my recovery. Starting from before, during and after the crash. If I can use one sentence to describe this experience, I can honestly say that it felt like the clock stopped and I was living outside my body. It felt like my life was disrupted.

Message to the listeners

I promise to be original, honest and open while I share my story. I would also love to receive feedback and your thoughts.

And If you have your own crash story to share, let me know, and maybe you will be one of the future guests on my show. Send me an email on

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Our best wishes for a successful podcast!

Athanasia Houvarda
Athanasia Houvarda

Thank you!! It's exciting 😀

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