“On May 1st of 2015, I was in a rollover car accident that occurred due to the back passenger wheel separating from the vehicle while traveling 70 mph. I was located in the third row of seating and when the vehicle entered the ditch, the car landed on the rear end of the vehicle where I was seated, and I was crushed between the collapsed roof and the bumper of the vehicle.
The injuries I sustained included multiple back fractures, a traumatic brain injury, and a functional movement disorder related to the TBI. My recovery and rehabilitation process involved a 21-day hospital stay at the Hennepin County Medical Center followed by an ongoing outpatient therapy program that still is in place today. I continue to work with occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, neurosurgeons, and psychologists on a weekly basis.
Although much has changed since I acquired my brain injury, I can say without hesitation that I'm much happier in the life I lead today. The time I have to spend with family and friends has grown in both quantity and quality, I've excelled in new hobbies that I wouldn't have even considered prior to the accident, and I am now using multiple mediums such as social media, speaking engagements, and blogging to advocate for and inform others of brain injury awareness and hope for the future of TBI survivors and their caregivers.
Life does not have to end with a TBI; conversely, it can provide a new beginning for a life filled with aspiration, optimism, joy, and new and exciting opportunities.”