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DALLAS -- Loressa Pecoraro's story is proof it can happen in an instant: How life's plans can derail, if even for a short while.

'I just keep remembering that it could have been so much worse,' said Pam, Loressa's mom. 'I'm just so grateful for the state that she is in.'

Loressa's mother took some time away from her daughter's hospital bedside at Parkland to talk with News 8.

Mom and dad are counting their blessings this week. Last week, Loressa Pecoraro was driving from school on Highway 380 in Denton County when a car moving in the opposite direction crossed the median and hit her head-on.

'It is hard to imagine that,' said her father, John, when asked how they would've felt if his daughter hadn't survived. 'Very hard to imagine.'

The Pecoraros don't believe there was any foul play in the accident.

The dangers on Highway 380 are well-documented. Drivers have long complained about the congestion, combined with drivers driving at high speeds.

'I won't get on 380 unless it's an absolute necessity,' said Mitch Jones, who lives nearby the highway.

But the Pecoraros are not focused on the road. They are focused on their daughter's recovery.

Loressa was just days away from fulfilling her dream; teaching her first class at Denton High School. It would have been Monday.

'She keeps asking, 'Do I need to be there on Friday?' 'No, baby, you don't have to.' 'Do I have to get lesson plans?' 'No. You don't have to get lesson plans. You're gonna wait,'' her mother recalled.

The principal and vice principal of the school and other staff have already come by to see her.

Loressa has broken legs, broken arms, broken ribs, but not a broken soul. The Pecoraros say the support from their church and family and friends has been incredible.

'We've had so many people praying for her and for us, and that's where a lot of that peace comes from,' Pam said.

A family strong in faith will need it, as the road to recovery looms long. John, who is a pastor of a church in The Colony, said it's 'all in God's hands.'

'We're thankful that we have her,' he said.

It may take months before Loressa Pecoraro takes her first step, and even longer before it happens into a classroom.

Click here to see a GoFundMe account created to help the family with medical expenses.

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