How I gained confidence through a car accident while working at a network Morning Show.

Confidence many times comes from surviving a tough experience. When I was 23 I was an associate producer for Good Morning America and I got into a car accident during a field shoot in Iowa. I was producing a remote at the actual farm where the movie The Field of Dreams was shot.
I flew into Dubuque to survey the site and meet Don Larsen, the farmer. I was a New Yorker and rarely drove a car. I was most afraid of getting lost because I was terrible with directions. The morning of the segment I got up at 3 a.m. to head to the site and I didn't realize how dark it would be on rural roads. I went to turn off the air conditioner with my right arm, and my left arm, which was on the steering wheel, mirrored the same movement at the same time and I swerved off the road, hit the accelerator instead of the brake, and I careened off the road at 90 miles per hour. My car hit something and flipped twice and then stopped in the middle of a field, in the middle of nowhere.
This was when there were no cell phones and it was a holiday weekend. I was alone, it was pitch black, and there wasn't a person or car in sight. I had pretty much severed a giant portion of my left leg right above the muscle, which was now open and bleeding, and sitting in my lap. I had broken my right arm in 4 places, broken ribs, injured my pancreas when the car flipped, and had assorted cuts and bruises. I knew if I remained in the car I would bleed to death. I managed to hold my leg together and tie it up with my shirt and get out of the car and make my way back to the road so I could walk for help—hoping to find a farm.
Fortunately, after some time passed, a car eventually drove by and gave me a ride to a paramedic's home 5 towns away. Once there, the ambulance arrived. After preliminary surgeries in Iowa, ABC flew me back to NYC where I was in a hospital for 6 more weeks, where I had skin grafts and a bone graft and they removed that portion of my leg that had been predominantly sliced off. It looked like a shark had taken a giant bite out of my leg. 
But the worst part was that I lied about the accident. I said I had swerved on the road to avoid hitting an animal. I was so afraid that if I admitted to losing control of my car that GMA would never send me out on another assignment. I was so worried about my reputation. I lived with that guilt for years. What was amazing, and what took me years and maturity to figure out, was that colleagues, friends and family were so impressed that I had the determination and mettle to get myself out of the car, tie up my leg, save my life, and search for help. No one cared how the accident happened. What I realize now is that my work ethic never would have been called into question. I was always known as a hard worker and as a resourceful and productive producer, and a strong reputation will always speak for itself. You need to have confidence to be who you are and speak your truth. If you are working hard and using your insight and problem-solving skills, no matter what your situation is, people will recognize your strength.