About 2 years ago a 11 year old girl came into my work at South Coast Surf Shop and asked for me. She learned about my accident through word of mouth. She told me she was suffering from a concussion and was experiencing similar symptoms. She had tripped on a rug in her own house and fell backwards hitting her head on the hard wood floor. I was able to share information I had gained from my experience and treatment over the years. I was able to help her and give advice on what she could do feel better and put her on a track of healing. She was just so happy to have female support, someone to just listen, and a friend to understand what she was going through. This was refreshing and a first experience for both of us. When people see me they look at me and think I’m fine because on the outside I appearance completely normal, but what they don’t know and can't see is the recovery and healing still taking place internally. Same with this girl, kids will look at her and think she’s fine, but they really don’t know what we are going through and the symptoms we battle everyday. Healing both physically and emotionally. Knowing I was able to help her brought a lot of joy to me and made me feel good.
After my experience it has made me want to help other kids and teens who are going through the same thing. I’d like to start some sort of support group to bring kids and teens with concussions together. I am starting to turn my experience from something that was so negative into something positive. Everyday that goes by I am so grateful to be alive and breathe in fresh air. Having the goal of surfing and competing was the only thing that got me through day to day. I have been battling this for four years and have made so many mistakes that I wish I could go back in time and do it over. If anyone is battling from a concussion, I would advise them to not go back to activity until their symptoms subside and to stay off all electronic devices because it is too stimulating for the brain and crucial for healing. Also, for those of you who are in school, for me reading brought on migraines so I didn’t go to school for a year. I had trouble with comprehension, spelling, and reading and still do to this day since my injury. Like I said, I'm not a doctor or qualified to give medical advice, this is just my experience and what has worked for me! I would tell a person to just take time off school and let her head heal. I’d also recommend that people stay hydrated, eat a lot of raw organic vegetables, juice, take magnesium, fish oil pills, iron if you’re a girl, and make sure to eat little healthy snacks all day.