It Gives Me Hope!
I’m Erika. I was born with anoxia. I was put in an incubator and was in the hospital for 21 days. I was put on seizure medication to stop the seizures and thankfully no longer suffer from them. I developed physically perfectly, but as I grew older my mom noticed that my memory was impaired from an early age.
I grew up thinking that I was alone in my situation. I grew up looking completely normal, but always forgetting things and people giving me weird looks because I looked unintelligent. I lost friendships because I would forget appointments and would forget things we discussed, and it made it look like I didn’t care although I did.
[We’re Moving Forward] TBI group has helped me that all these issues are okay; all TBIs look different. It’s so great to be able to talk to others who really understand you… I am so thankful for this group because it gives me HOPE! I have struggled in keeping jobs because I didn’t know how to advocate for myself and how to search for the right job. Now I am in rehab and it has helped me cope with my disability so well!