“My life was forever turned around the morning of Labor Day, September 2nd, 2012 when I had a bicycle accident. One year later, I had already had five of my seven facial reconstruction surgeries, my body was healing well from dislocated and broken bones, but everything was not looking bright. No one seemed to understand what I was going through. Fortunately a friend had referred me to Dr. Cripe after he had helped her recover from a brain injury.
There were a number of remaining issues that seemed to plague my life. I would hesitate while speaking, turning my eyes to the left to search for my next word, often not able to retrieve the word that I had intended. I was not able to retain what people were saying, asking them to repeat what they had just said. I had difficulty recalling names, places and events. I was overwhelmed by lights, sounds and motion, feeling like the world was coming in at me. This was so disorienting that I would be seized by a disabling panic. For example, I was terrified to walk beyond my mailbox even though I had regained the physical ability to do so.
I was filled with hope after Dr. Cripe understood what I was going through and could articulate a path to recovery.
At the same time that I started the program with Dr. Cripe, I went back to school full time. It seemed crazy to take all of this on, but it turned out to be the perfect way to gauge my recovery.
As I went through Dr. Cripe’s program, I noticed that I could answer questions at school with less and less hesitation. The strange shifting of my eyes to the left stopped. I could retain the information during lectures long enough to write it down without asking to have it repeated. In fact, I was getting straight A’s on my homework and tests!
The overwhelming lights, sounds and motions started to become manageable. I could socialize, travel, fly my small plane and even walk beyond my mailbox with confidence again.
I am eternally grateful to Dr. Cripe for giving me a second shot at living a full life.”