OSWEGO – In 2012, Shannon Morrell unknowingly suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Unaware of the extent of her injuries, she couldn’t understand why her head hurt so badly when the lights were on, why her vision was blurred and why she was constantly stumbling.
“I remember just sitting there feeling so helpless,” Shannon said. “My depth perception was off. If I took a step, it felt like I was taking a leap off a five-foot drop. I had to relearn how to stay balanced while I was walking and work on redeveloping problem solving and memory skills.”
Brain injuries can be very unpredictable in their consequences – they can affect who you are, the way you think, act, and feel in a matter of seconds.
Shannon finally connected to a group of physical, occupational, and speech therapists who helped her learn how to live her life with the TBI.
Now, after two bittersweet years, Shannon is now able to drive again and has reentered the workforce.
“This injury has not made me a victim, I am a survivor. The support that I received was so important during this journey,” she said.
ARISE has recently formed a new Traumatic Brain Injury Peer Support Group.
The group, led by Shannon, will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the ARISE Oswego Office, 9 Fourth Ave.
For more information, contact Jennifer Torrese at (315) 342-4088 x224 or [email protected]