“I almost died 3 times. I remember asking God why He didn’t take me. His response…I’m not done with you yet.
First TBI: January 10, 2009 - I was a passenger in a car. It was late, and I remember not putting my seatbelt on immediately sitting in car because I wanted to find a music station to listen to. The accident happened within 5 minutes after leaving. My friend t-boned a pickup truck and I almost went through windshield. I was 19 years old.
Second TBI: September 18, 2010 - Early in the morning. I was rear ended on interstate. Caused me to slide across three lanes of traffic. I hit a tree, and then rolled three times. (Thankfully hitting no one because so early.) I was 20 years old.
I am so thankful because an accident which almost took my life also saved my life, and brought me into my career today! I struggled with an eating disorder for 12 years. I was anorexic till starting bulimia in high school which just got worse with time. No one ever knew of my struggle either. I was very good at keeping it secret.
After first TBI I got down to 70 lbs and almost died. I went through treatment and I am now clean without relapse for Sept 20 this year will be 10 years without relapse.It wasn’t till near death that I realized I had a problem. I have been through many other obstacles and trauma which brought me here today. God has shown me through many things!!
Also my injuries were not easy recovery, but the time waiting only made me stronger and more appreciative! The second one I was in the hospital for a month and didn’t know one day from the next or recognize anyone. It took months of rehab, support, God, and school which helped me. Bad short term memory loss, slow comprehension and on a fourth grade level. But I did it and I have faith that others can too!! I have my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern working towards my LMHC!
I am thankful for every day, and each opportunity to help another person, change a life. I am thankful for every day I have the ability to wake up and serve! I love life! I am thankful for each day! A new day always holds a new opportunity!”
-Christina, TBI Survivor