"November 12th, 2007... a day I'll never remember, yet never forget. I was 15 years old. On that beautiful sunny day, I was driving 4 miles to my grandparents house. While entering the highway, my car was T-boned on the drivers side. The first responders determined I most likely wouldn't survive. I was left for dead. A hunter from another state, who was trained as an EMT, asked if he could check me. He found a very faint pulse, loosened my seatbelt, took the glass out my mouth, and took care of me until the ambulance arrived. I've always believed that God sent him as a guardian angel for me at that time.
I was lifeflighted to a hospital that specializes in pediatric TBI's. After being in a coma for 3 weeks, I slowly started to wake up not having the ability to walk, talk, eat, breath or recognize family. Not knowing how to talk, I had the ability to use sign language. After 3 months in the hospital, lots of care and therapy, I was finally sent home.
Upon returning home, with the help of teachers and a one-on-one paraprofessional, I was able to graduate on time. After high school, I was able to graduate college with my 2 yr degree within 4 yrs. l spent a lot of time with tutors, had extended time on homework & tests, take my tests in a separate room with a tutor reading the test to me, and in every class my professor's gave me their notes.
After college, I was hired by a small school to be a part time paraprofessional. My first year of work, I was hired to teach an 8th grade student, half days, who was deaf mute. I still am working at the same school half days. I live at home with my parents, go to work, volunteer as a Sunday school teacher and an Awana leader. I come home most days exhausted and tired, [but] I'm living each and every day to the fullest!
When the world says I can't, my goal is to prove to myself that I can. With the the help of God, family and friends I've been able to achieve most if not all of my goals. This doesn't end, it's a lifelong goal." -Hannah, TBI Survivor
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