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Linda Wells’ Story

MY NAME IS LINDA WELLS, I AM A BRAIN INJURY SURVIVOR & THIS IS MY STORY:

18 YERES AGO MY HUBAND & I WERE IN CATALINA ISLAND TO CELEBRAT NEW YERES EVE.  OF WICH I DID NOT MAKE IT ON DEC 30, 1993.  REX (MY HUBAND) & MYSELF WERE RIDING IN A GOFL CART WITH 2 OTERS, WE WERE SITING IN THE BACK, GOING UP A STREET THE DRIVER DROVE GROVEY & THREW ME OFF THE GOFL CART.  I ROLLED DOWN THE STRET HIT MY HEAD.

THE AMBULANCE CAME TOOK ME TO THE HOSPITAL IN CATALINA I HAD A BUMP ONMY HEAD, WAS UNCONSICUOS FOR JUST A LITTLE BIT.  THE DOCTOS SAID I HAD A CONCUSION.  TO TAKE ME TOOUR FRIENDS HOME WATCH ME.  WELL WITHIN 1 HUOR I CULD NOT TAKL, WAKL, MY RITE SIDE OF MY BODY WAS LIKE PARALIZED MY FACE DROOP DOWN.

MY HUBAND TOOK ME BACK TO THE E.R. THEY AIR VACTED ME OFF THE ISLAND TO LONG BEECH MEMORAL HOSPITAL.  THEY DID A CAT SCAN ONMY BRAIN.  I HAD A BLEED IN MY BRAIN THE SIZE OF A LEMON.

A OTHE DOCTOR TOLD MY FAMLY THAT I WOOD PROBALY NEVER BE ABEL TO PROCES INFORMATOIN TOLD TO ME THINK & SPEEK TO RESPONE BACK.  MORE OR LESS LIKE A VEGABLE.  OH MY, HOW DID MY FAMLY DEEL WITHTHIS ONE.  ME I WAS NOT KNOWING ANTHIG.  THEY GAVE ME PAPER TO RITE TO COMUNIATE.  I WAS A RITE HAND PERSON, SO I TRIED MY LEFT.  THEY ASKE ME MY NAME.  I KNEW IN MY HEED I WAS LINDA BUT WIN I ROTE IT WOOD BE 1100222, NO I KNOW  THAT DOES NOT SAY “LINDA”.  I HAD A LONG LONG JURNEY AHEAD OF ME!!!

I HARD MY FIRST SEIZURE ONLY 1 OF 100’S TO COME, GRAND MAL, PETITE & FOCAL.  THEY STARTED TERAPY RITE AWAY.  THEN I WAS MOVED ST. JOHNS REHAB IN OXARD, THEN SOLULUTIONS IN SANT A BARBAR THEN BACK TO ST. JOHNS.  THEN HOME!!!!!  I HAD 5 YERES OF THERAPE SPEECH, PHYSICAL.  IT WAS SO SO SO HARD…..I NEVER WANTED TOLOOSE MY HUSBAND, I WANTED TO BE THE BEST I CULD BE. I WORKED VERY HARD ALWAYS, LOTS OF CONFUSMENT, YUOR FRENDS LEVE YUO BECUZ YUO A R NOW NOT THE PERSON YUO ONCE WERE.

LAST JUNE MY HUBIN SUDENLY PASED AWAY & NOW I AM ON MY OWN TRYING TO FIGURE MY WORLD WITHOUT ANY FAMILY LEVENG HERE.  I HAVE WONDERFUL FRIENDS THAT ARE SUPORTIVE.

THE NEW WORLD IS HARD HARD HARD…..

I HAVE TRUBEL WITH NOESE, VISION, GRUOPS, NO MUSCI, CANT REED BOOKS, CANT DRIVE.  MY THINKS & WORDS MAY NOT ALWAYS WORK OR MAKE CENTS.  SPELING OH THAT YUO CAN SEE IN THIS LETER—I DO MY BEST…..I LOST ABILATY OF MONEY, BUT I KNOW HOW TO GIVE A CREDIT CARD.  CONCENTRATON, COMPREHENDING WELL.  WE GO THRU 5 STEPS, DENIAL, SADNES, ANGER, BARGANING, & FINALY ACCEPTANCE!! !

WELL I DO LIKE MY SELF MOST OF THE TIME !!! YUO MUST WORK HARD.  TRY TO STAY POSTIVE, & YUO CAN DO MORE THAN THE DR’S TELL YUO CAN DO, I HAVE LEARNED MY NEW WORLD.  AS MY HUBIN REX WOOD SAY, 1 FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER & EVERTING WILL BE OK.

I DO LIKE BEING WITH MY BRAIN INJURY FRIENDS….THEY SO GET IT.