Kick It With Donna episode #63 – My 10 Year Anniversary
Anniversaries celebrate a special occasion. February 2019 marks my ten year anniversary of surviving an ATV accident. This accident left me with a TBI and a few injuries that dramatically changed my life.
Show notes: On February 7, 2009, A friend and I went on an ATV ride at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, TX. I remember the first five minutes and nothing else. The manager placed an unmarked chain over a cattle guard. I did not see it. The ATV flipped up and threw me off and then landed promptly on the left side of my head. I was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. I was in the ICU for 49 days. I then spent 3 weeks at Baylor Rehab and six months at Centre for Neuro Skills. By September 2009, I was finally able to go home.
As a result of my injuries, I was no longer able to work. Hello long term disability! Working a full time job was not in my future. I needed to reinvent myself. I wrote a book called Headstrong/Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing my Mind. A few years later, I wrote another book called Heartstrong/Overcome Obstacles and Live Life to the Fullest.
Over the course of these ten years, I’ve had so many wonderful things happen. I reconnected with my dad and brother after a 27 year lapse of communication. My daughter and I are forging a strong bond after many years of butting heads. I’ve gone down the tough love road with my son (one of the reasons why my daughter and I were head butting) after many years of enabling.
I spend a significant amount of time analyzing my MO to better understand how my reaction response inhibits my growth. If I am in denial, this is a cop out. If I act in anger, nothing positive comes from that.