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Amy's Story

                                    "I've made a lot of progress since my concussion."

I was so excited to start high school this fall. Going back last September was the first time I had spent the entire day at school in more than two years.

Two years ago, I was in a go-karting accident that changed my life. The accident caused a severe concussion, vision impairment, as well as neck and shoulder injuries.

At the time, I had no idea what a concussion was or how it would change my day-to-day life.

I was told to rest, which I did, but I always felt dizzy and tired. My head hurt so badly, the smallest sounds caused pain. I tried getting back to my daily routines but I couldn’t.

Noise in the classroom and florescent lights quickly caused headaches. After 15 minutes of reading, my vision became so blurry that I couldn’t continue.

For well over a year, I dealt with dizziness, balance issues, motion sickness and headaches practically every day. I was so frustrated and confused as to why I was not feeling better.

And then I was referred to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
The physiotherapists helped me with my neck and shoulder injuries. Occupational therapists taught me how to listen to my body and assess how much activity I should do.

I switched schools to one that can better accommodate my needs. I take my tests verbally and I leave my classes early to avoid the crowds and noise.

The Communication and Writing Aids Department at Holland Bloorview also helped me find tools to read and write. I now use computer programs that read to me, and when I dictate, type for me.

With all of these tools, new approaches and a positive attitude, I love being a high school student and I’m excited about the future.

Thanks to Holland Bloorview, I am managing my symptoms, getting back to my life and crushing any barriers in my way.

– Amy, Age 13