On July 26, 2021, I will be speaking on the topics of, “Finding Purpose after Brain Injury” and “Understanding the Impact of Invisible Disabilities — Acceptance and Discovering a New Normal” through Zoom to the Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group – Penn Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Here are links to outlines of the presentations
Growing up with and Living with the Impact of my Brain Injury (abbreviated)
Car accident – 1967 when I was 10 years old, open skull fracture, right frontal lobe damage, severe brain bruise, brain stem involvement. Coma for 3 weeks. Fractured left femur (thigh bone). ). Remained in traction for 6-7 weeks and then placed in a Spica (full body) cast for the femur to continue to heal.
After coming home from the hospital — Remained in the Spica cast for 5 months. After my femur healed, the cast was removed, I learned how to walk, talk, read, write and speak in complete sentences. Tutored at home in the 5th grade. Mainstreamed back into elementary school in the 6th grade.
Once my external wounds healed — Underwent 2 EEG’s and a battery of Psycho-social testing. Results shared with my parents, but not with me. The impact of the injury to my brain was never again factored into my various difficulties. Graduated on time with my high school class – 1975.
Academic Paths – 4 different majors, 2 universities, 1 College. 10 years to get my undergraduate degree (Theology/Physical Ed). 2 Graduate schools 3 ½ years to obtain my graduate degree (Rehabilitation Counseling).
Disappointments – Terminated from many jobs over a 20-year period (both non-professional and professional jobs). Difficulties in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 2 Department of Vocational Rehabilitation experiences as a client. After 2nd experience, as a client — unemployable.
SSDI Applications – 3 total (2 in Florida,1 in North Carolina). My 3rd application was approved at end of 1998, beginning of 1999.
My Journey Forward — Created Second Chance to Live on February 6, 2007. Articles, video and slideshow presentations, e-books and posters.
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