“Hi! I’m Niki I’m from Ontario! I am just this past two years a newbie to this ABI world! And only I can say that to another survivor and have them fully understand what I mean. It’s a whole different world on this side!
I got in a single person and single car collision. I hit gravel and ended up sliding off the side of a bridge that crosses over one of our major highways.
On the way down I hit a hydro pole - which luckily I did, because that stopped me from going down possibly onto the highway. And I also say that because I knocked the hydro out… [which caused] the hydro guys to come fix the problem, [and they are the ones] who found me. Or else who knows how long I would have gone unnoticed. I wasn’t in the best of positions for others to see me.
I was rushed by ambulance where I laid in a coma for a month. Guess I was exhausted. I have been diagnosed with an axonal diffuse brain injury - whatever that means!
I have learned that although it could be the same diagnosis, that doesn’t mean any two of us will be the same. I stayed in the hospital in a rehab program for total 4 months... Now I’m out and living life day by day... and dealing with all the challenges. I’m relearning to walk as well identify and express my emotions effectively!
Day by day it’s different and I have learned to live with that realization! Thank you for listening to my story!
Keep going even in the hardest times I promise you will look back one day and be proud!”
-Niki, TBI Survivor