My name is Dana and I am a 20-something musician and teacher in Western New York. This blog is intended to aid my recovery from a high-speed, hit and run accident. A tractor trailer sped up behind me, changed lanes to pass me, and then ran me off the road by colliding with my vehicle. The truck then fled the scene of the accident. My car was totaled and they had to use the jaws of life to cut the door off of my vehicle to get me out. Amazingly, I came away from the accident with only a minor concussion, severe whiplash, and some cuts, scrapes, and bruises. There is little to no chance that we will be able to locate the person that hit me. Within my writing, I hope to come to terms with what happened, cope with various situations and emotions, as well as give an insight to those who have not been in a life-threatening event.
A little over a year after my accident, I came down with an illness that was undiagnosed for months. The illness rendered me unable to speak, think, coordinate my body, and walk up stairs. After countless blood tests, EEGs, MRIs, Ultrasounds, and medical exams, some doctors diagnosed me with Viral Meningitis, but others still labeled it “undiagnosed.” My recovery is ongoing as I work with neurologists and doctors to bring my body and mind back to health. In writing, I hope to work through my continued recovery while also reveal the experience to others in hopes that they can better help those going through a similar experience. My writing may not be perfect as my brain is still on the mend.