I am so blessed <3

I am so blessed

When you think of how many drug overdose victims weren’t as lucky as me… In 2009, approximately eight drug overdose deaths occurred each day in my state (Florida) alone. Mine also happened in 2009. I also got lucky in that I didn’t really have much long term damage. Sure, my short term memory sucks, and I’m constantly in pain due to contractured limbs I suffered in the hospital, but I am just so lucky to be alive.

This also led me to the realization of just how many things we take for granted, our health being first among them. You really don’t even think about it until something happens to you. I was just lucky that I had insurance (my accident happened pre-Obamacare). Otherwise, I would have likely had to declare bankruptcy, as my hospital bills totaled over $250,000. Fortunately, for the remaining creditors (who began calling before I even got home from the hospital!) they accepted $25 a month, until all of my bills were paid off. It took a few years, but I finally paid the last of my creditors off.

You really don’t think about your health until something happens to you..

You really don’t think about your health until something happens to you — this was true of me as well. In fact, thanks to the Xanax, I felt almost invincible. I couldn’t have been more wrong. That drug was slowly destroying my brain, as all benzodiazepines cause brain damage to a certain extent.  I also just found a study that says exposure to benzodiazepines doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

But I am just so blessed. I don’t know if I believe in God, but someone or something was sure watching out for me that day. And to them I want to say: thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

What’s next for our famed hero? All I can say is, stay tuned….

Here’s an adorable puppy to say thank you for reading this all. <3

so blessed


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I'm the co-founder of brainredemption.com. I live in Florida, and I sustained a brain injury in 2009.