Amanda’s concerns were legitimate. With mobility of her right upper arm significantly compromised, and memory, attention, and processing speed impaired as a result of the brain injury, Amanda was unable to care for herself or others. A single, working mom with three kids living at home, Amanda’s life centered on her children and work. An inability to carry out either of these roles could derail not only the life she worked so hard to build, but could upend Amanda’s entire identity. To her, anything less than a full recovery was not an option.
So Amanda did what any driven mother would do; she summoned a fierce determination to get better.
“I realized that I was given a second chance at life,” says Amanda. “When you’ve worked for so long and it’s taken away from you, you work that much harder to get your life back to normal.”
“From the beginning, Amanda focused on the positive aspects of her life versus the negative,” says Cheryl Natzke, Amanda’s occupational therapist. “She used her situation and challenges to motivate herself. Many patients focus on what they can’t do, but Amanda always focused on what she could do. She recognized the progress she was making.”
This was especially true with Amanda’s determination to return to work.