On June 18, 2002, Patti Foster was in a tragic car accident. Because of her closed-head injuries and her long, arduous road of learning to live again, she, now, as a head-trauma survivor, passionately encourages us to live life to the fullest! An official member of the Volunteer Service Corps of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, visiting patients with brain injuries and their families, Patti also co-counsels TBI patients with a licensed professional. Now her book is ready: Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury - One Woman's Journey from Death to Life.
It was the last night of Patti's women's bible study when the accident happened. She did not remember anything about the impact when the cars collided. The man who ran into her car was travelling at 70 miles per hour, on a cocktail of drugs (five to be exact) and was talking on his cell at the time of impact. Patti's body was ejected from the vehicle and slid about 3 stories across the highway in the lane of traffic. An off duty nurse thought it was a piece of laundry that flew out of the car.
Patti was on the threshold of her dream future, as a full-time inspirational speaker, when the accident happened and changed her whole life. She was in a coma for 6 weeks. The prognosis from the doctors was bleak - that she would be in a vegetative state if she survive. They might be able to teach her to move her right forearm, but nothing beyond that. She would not be able to walk or talk. She became a 34 year old infant - one that needed to re-learn everything.
She had to learn her ABCs again, how to swallow, basically everything all over again. Every lobe of her brain was damaged. The deficits to this day continues. Somewhere around 85% has come back. The primary part of the damage is not seen - mental, emotional and cognitive.
When her brother visited her one day, Patti mouthed out those words to him. That was the turning point in her recovery. Her brother noticed a considerable amount of progress in her recovery. Everyone rallied around her and her family with prayers. That made all the difference.
Patti told her now-deceased aunt one day, "I had lost my happy." It was months and months that her "happy" began to come back. It was really slow - her words were labored, every single instant was labored. Who knows all the things that the Lord did to help her restore her happy. Bit by bit, it came back. He is so faithful through it all. He gave her the strength to never give up.
We need one another. We can encourage one another. The Lord causes us to think about one another, maybe just a little note or a phone call. It is little things like that that makes a difference in someone else's life.
This is what the past is for - every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see. - Corrie Ten Boom
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