Meet Judy W. | Faces of Traumatic Brain Injury

Name: Judy Wallace
Oklahoma City, OK

Date of your TBI:6/16/2000

How did your TBI happen: I was a Senior Executive traveling on business in Dallas. I was on my way to a business dinner. An SUV, traveling at 80 miles per hour, T-boned the vehicle I was riding in (impact #1). My right hand was slammed into my forehead by the Airbag breaking my neck from C2-C6 (impact #2). The SUV continued to push us, up and over the curb (impact #3) & into a retaining wall (impact #4).

What has been your biggest challenge post-TBI: Loosing my career, health, and marriage.

What has been your biggest blessing post-TBI: I’ve learned to be more patient, more forgiving and more accepting.

What is your biggest piece of advice to other TBIers and loved ones: There isn’t much that a nap in a quiet, dark room can’t help.

What do you do to relax: Read

What do you do for fun: Socialize as much as I can manage.

What is your least-favorite household chore that stresses you out: Paperwork and any human interraction that requires “customer service”.

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