MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - What a journey it's been for Glenda Pogue, nothing like the 25 years she spent as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines.
"Wow," said Pogue.
Glenda's speech is not what it once was. She lost part of her tongue and 3 finger tips on her right hand, and she had major surgery on both arms.
"I'm feeling very, very good," said Pogue.
Feeling good considering Glenda Pogue came so very close to death, close enough where at one point doctors in Houston, Texas, called the family to her bedside.
"From what I remember when I was woke up in August I found out what had happened. It's been an uphill journey," said Pogue.
Pogue turned 50 in the hospital.
Pogue endured 7 operations, and she has 3 more to go to rebuild her tongue, and stretch the tendons in her right hand. Pogue got sick in early June.
"This will help me speak better and to be able to eat better," said Pogue.
Pogue did get better. In fact, she tells WSFA 12 News she has been cured of the flesh-eating bacteria (necrotizing fascitis). Now the focus is on a full-recovery including her speech. After all this Glenda says she is not bitter and never asked the question 'why.' She is just thankful to be alive with a second chance.
"I know I have a special place in this world," she said.
A world that is now entirely different for Glenda Pogue. What was once important no longer matters, and what mattered before is even more significant today.
"Never take things for granted and that everyday is a gift. Live each day to the fullest and don't sweat the small stuff," said Pogue.
This week a grateful Glenda Pogue is spending time with her family in Prattville and feeling mighty glad to be back home.
"Sweet home Alabama," Pogue said with a smile.
With 3 more surgeries ahead of her, Pogue hopes to be flying again with Continental in about 2 years.
The flesh-eating bacteria is a rare infection and to this day Pogue still doesn't know how she contracted the disease.
Surgery is always necessary to remove dead skin and tissue.