Stuff Happens, "Backstory"

Sadly, none of us has to look very far to hear about, or personally know someone who has lived through a traumatic life experience. The devastation of illness and accidents affect people every day. In 2005, I was involved in a very serious car accident on the 407 highway. I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that changed my life forever. The physical and psychological effects were devastating, impacting my speech, my ability to move, and some of my mental abilities.

After I got moving again, was able to speak (with a stutter at first), and re-mastered some basic skills (all of my math, for one), there were even bigger hurdles to face. Anxiety, anger, and great feelings of loss took over. I had lost cherished memories and had to give up some personal dreams. My recovery was long and slow and very painful. They say “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Cheesy? Perhaps. But for me, it has proven true. In the aftermath of that horrible accident, I’ve really learned how to be a fighter and a winner. I have learned to be unapologetically me, and to devote all of my energy, drive and passion to my work and the people I choose to surround myself with.