Hi! I am a 24 year old with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accounting from NYU Stern. While other people may have two degrees, most of them haven’t accomplished this after sustaining a traumatic brain injury and multiple other life threatening injuries after a hit and run car accident.
On the night of my 20th birthday as I was celebrating both my birthday and the start of my planned study abroad semester in London, while walking on the sidewalk I was struck by a car driven by a drunk driver. The accident was nearly fatal — I endured a traumatic brain injury, optic nerve injury, and sustained multiple fractures on both of my legs.
Doctors operated on me and then placed me in an induced coma for five days. My family were told there was a chance I’d never speak again, walk again or even be capable of doing anything by myself ever again. To their surprise, not only did I start talking within days of coming out of the coma but I went on to graduate on time with my peers, and then began my career at KPMG a week later.
"If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it." I pushed myself to do the things doctors thought I wouldn't be able to do anymore and you may call it my stubborn perseverance but it worked...all at the expense of me continuously sacrificing my wellbeing. I have recently decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and am accepting healthy changes in my life. I'm hopeful that I can use my experiences on this healing journey to bring awareness to things that can help other victors of trauma heal as well. This journey has thankfully introduced me to the world of holistic treatment through adaptogens, nature-producing herbs that counteract the stress associated with trauma.
There's a passion to my new journey and I'd love to share it with you. The BLOG posts on this site will focus on how to unlock your inner healing power. Stay tuned to my VLOG as I interview fellow trauma survivors so you can gain tips and learn how to push past your own trauma.
Life after any traumatic event is noticeably different than life before the event and it is filled with a million questions. Doctors are geniuses but no amount of years at medical school can let a doctor know exactly how life after trauma will be for their patient. One of the hardest things I’ve struggled with is the common misconception that your life after trauma bounces back to exactly how it was before the trauma.
Even though the car accident was something that nightmares are made of, I still wouldn’t change a thing about my life because it has truly shaped me as an individual. Life after trauma has provided me with a mind-set charged with optimism. The car accident taught me how much I can accomplish when I truly believe in myself.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit! I'm excited to use this platform to create a safe space for people who have experienced trauma.