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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Basketball has been Anshanti Dixon's favorite sport all of her life. So when she entered rehab in late April at University Rehab Center, returning to the sport was among her goals.

"I wanted to get back to my old self again and be able to drive, to work, take care of my kids, play basketball," Anshanti said. 

Those vital parts of Anshanti's life were jeopardized last spring on Interstate 20 at the Brandon exit. "April 14, I had a flat tire. I heard a truck kind of skid and it hit me while I was standing beside the front fender of my car on the driver's side."

For the next six months, Anshanti forged ahead in recovery, reaching all of her goals including a return to basketball, in spite of this. "Amputations. My left leg and half of my right foot."

Ruth Burgess is Anshanti's physical therapist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Rehab Center. "She was 'I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.' She just progressed herself very rapidly with a little guidance from me. She knew exactly what she needed to do," Burgess said. 

Burgess says Anshanti will be released from therapy in about a week, three to six months earlier than most would complete rehab.

As for Anshanti, she describes herself as stronger than ever before. "I look at life differently now. It's a blessing to be alive."

And the blessings go beyond surviving. Anshanti has touched the lives of so many others in rehab with her, and her life has been deeply touched by her family and friends.

"The love I received from a lot of people, cause I did not know that I was that loved until I had my accident. And they told me how many people were there. "

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