"It was in November 22, 2017 when I found myself in a coma with assisted breathing tubes, laying on a helicopter as I was being air lifted to the closest hospital in Florida. I was racing motocross at the mini olympics and had a fall, where I hit my head (wearing my helmet), damaging my frontal lobes very severely. And I also had a brain bleed in 3 parts of my brain.
The doctors didn’t know if I would make it past my coma. 15 days later I woke up and had to relearn how to eat, how to walk, talk, swallow etc. A year and 3 months later, I’m still learning how to use my filter, control my anger (even at work), have patience, still finding words to use in a sentence, stay focused, be able to do school, suffering from chronic depression, and getting annoyed with every single thing etc.
However I’ve also seen some improvements in my memory, my fitness, I’m starting to be able to drive, and everybody around me says I have a really funny sense of humour and I’m always making them laugh. I just got cleared to be able to ride my dirtbike again and I’m counting down the days until I can go back to doing what I love! Misfortune and hard times in life only brings the fighter out in you."
-Estrella, TBI Survivor