Once a Member, Always a Member: Part 2

By November 7, 2018Blog, News, Newsletter

I suffered a traumatic brain injury on November 22, 2014. I was home alone and fell down the stairs. At the time, I was living with my roommate (Jeff). He was going to stay at his girlfriend’s house but, they came home and found me in my bed pretty much bleeding to death. Now, that’s a God moment. He saved my life.

I spent two weeks in ICU at Medical Center of Plano. While there, I had trouble speaking. My brain is swelling more & more so, I have 2 burr-holes in my head which my daughter (Shayli) calls them “my dents”. I have Aphasia and always will.

After 2 weeks in ICU, I was transferred to Baylor Frisco for a week, then Pate Anna, Tx from December 2014 through September 2015 then back to Baylor Frisco where I met Valerie Gotcher.

I couldn’t thank my speech therapists enough. I loved talking with Valerie. At times, I was doing 1st grade work and now, times are still tough especially with numbers or trying to spell the word correctly. I still have trouble talking clearly.

I was released from speech therapy in February 2016. I got laid off from my job in April 2016 but, now I am working at Honda Cars of McKinney in the accounting department and I LOVE my job!

I tip my hat to all my speech therapists especially Valerie. I am honored to be a Member at BIND. I sure wish I could interact more with BIND but, with my job it’s hard to fit it in.

On a last note: you must have the determination; the attitude and the “I want to” vs. “I can’t.”

~DeeDee