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So, I had a TBI…

Well, I guess it’s time for me to talk about why I made this blog. I was an expert skier, and had moved to Jackson, WY for a PR job. I got to ski most days and call it “work.” I was only there for a month and a half, but I had an accident while skiing. We were hiking in the backcountry of Jackson Hole Ski Resort, and were going to ski a couloir called “Once Is Enough.” We were skiing another run before we got there, and my friend went first, gave me thumbs up that the skiing was good, so I went second. I took a few turns, but then fell. I slid on the snow nearly 900 feet, and crashed into rocks to stop my fall.

My friends came quickly down to see if I was okay, and my friend from below had to hike up to see me. I was okay, but unconscious, and still breathing. Everything happened in my advantage, though. The ski patrollers took at least two hours to rescue me, and my friends stabilized my neck until they got there. I was taken down to a safe place where a helicopter could lant, and I was transferred to the heli. Once I flew in that one, I had to be transferred to another one to take me to the hospital where I stayed for three weeks. I had a lot of injuries- I broke my neck, back, ankle, helmet, and I fractured my skull.

I got even more sick in that hospital- an acquired infection, among other things that I can’t remember the name of. A lot of my Jackson friends came to visit me, and even some of my Colorado friends. Even though I was awake to see them, I don’t recall any of it. After three weeks, I was flown to a hospital in Colorado Springs. I had back surgery there, and spent three months recovering.

During my accident, I was so thankful that my family flew out to see me. It was a rough time for me, so they needed to see me. but I think seeing them was why I recovered so well.

My life has hanged drastically-I’m at home now, working on freelance writing, and my brother and most of my friends are in Boulder. What I relied on, like my speech and my writing, have changed drastically. But things could be a lot worse- if I wasn’t wearing a helmet during my accident, I wouldn’t be here.

So although I have a lot to work against, I consider it a success. I’m still here! Yes, I had a traumatic brain injury, but I don’t let that prevent me from doing the things I want to do. So, my advice is even though your life isn’t the same that it used to be, don’t let that stop you from doing the things that you had set out to do.

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