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The Long Road to Thankfulness

Stair, Martha

Department: Raising Voices to Break A Silent Epidemic

Sioux City, Iowa

I just read “The Long Road Home” about Kim Valentini's car accident and brain injury [September/October 2006] and I felt such a connection to her. In 1976, when I was in my 20s, I was hit by a train. I had a concussion, and had amnesia for six months afterwards. I was hurt more physically—my shoulder, neck, and lower back.

Thirty years later, here I am! I can't remember the accident, or the next four years. My sister and daughter tell me what happened from 1976 to 1980. I'm just glad I'm alive. I can drive, and I volunteer at a hospital twice a week. I think I am damn lucky not to have more traumatic brain injury and more long-lasting effects than I had.

Martha Stair

Sioux City, Iowa

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