Karla Starr

 The story I share with you on this page is about my journey to get here from an auto accident that almost ended my life in 2003.

 I could have avoided this page, but that would not have been truthful or honest. I have 10 years of struggling that I'd rather not discuss, but it would be prideful for me not to share. So I will write this as an ongoing story. Maybe I can give inspiration and hope to you, or someone you know, while going through a similar interruption in life plans.

My Story

Surviving, and living with, a Traumatic Brain Injury.

 It's a new year! The best way to grab the opportunity to go forward is to confront the past, you can clear out old issues and circumstances so they don't hold you back from enjoying what's ahead.

 You can't tell by just looking at me, or even if you talked with me, but I am one of the faces of TBI (traumatic brain injury). I hope sharing my story here will help others dealing with similar situations to understand they are not alone . Brain injuries have impacted more people than you may realise.

 I am fortunate that I survived. I have no visible scars or difficulties that you can see, so you wouldn't guess the changes and challenges that I live with now. This is from my own experience, each TBI is vastly different. In 2003 I was a passenger in a car that was hit by another vehicle that ran a red light going about 50 mph. My initial injury was diagnosed a concussion, later it was learned my brain was shook inside the skull and included an injury to the pituitary gland. I also suffered a bruised liver in the accident and lost the sight in the right-hand side of both eyes. The liver took 3 years to completely heal, after several years the sight has come and gone and I'm happy to report that it seems to have returned for good, although I still live with other vision problems. There was a growing list of medical terms being used to identify symptoms and diagnose injuries. It was scary and the list kept getting longer. Some have gone away and others I still deal with today.  It's been nearly 11 years and there were no short cuts to get here where I am now. It has been a long road of recovery, but I'm glad to be alive.