Ivonne was headed to work when her life changed in an instant. She acquired a significant Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that left her unable to continue working as a teacher. After being released from the hospital, she received TBI services through Dignity Health’s program. Now Ivonne is an advocate for individuals with TBI and is part of a poetry writing group.
I was on my way to work. I was a middle school teacher at the Montessori school down in Elk Grove.
Then I went to make my first left hand turn onto the busy street and... I didn’t make it. The guy who hit me was speeding and I died instantly. I did not take my first breath until the CHP came and tilted my head back.
I really liked teaching the middle school kids but now I feel like I get more in tune with early childhood to early elementary [kids]. So, if we can teach them about disabilities when their young, as they grow older, it will only affect more minds.
I would like to say that I really want to become involved with the initiation of a community service of some sort, for traumatic brain injured (TBI) people to assimilate them to society. And when you’re 30, or 40, or 50, or however old you are, becoming re-assimilated at that age is not easy because people automatically judge me - they say, as soon as they hear my speech impediment, which is obvious, I mean, it’s right there. They think speech impediment? Dumb ****…
But if they hear my voice and what I have to say that will get wiped clear. So, I want to broaden the spectrum for TBIs, so that future TBI victims won’t get the harsh hassle that I have gotten.