I was so distraught…see, before the accident, I used to love to sing. It was a dream of mine to become a singer. (I never told anyone this). To now have such a horrible (to me) voice totally wrecked me. I wished that I had died in that accident. But, I had such a great support system that helped me stay focused on getting better, that I really didn’t think about what had been taken away from me… most of the time.
Since then, I have gotten married and had 4 wonderful children. Life has been pretty good… for the most part.
One thing that I have found though, is that trying to get along in this world without a functional voice, is not easy. I recently obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, as well as a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Management, to try to better my family’s situation. Only to find out that my voice has become a hurdle. Employers need (want) people who can communicate clearly – something that I can not do. And, the Traumatic Brain Injury that I sustained in that accident gives employers reason to turn me down for employment (although they won’t say that – it would be discrimination).
The state has even told me that they do not consider my tracheotomy a disability… so I can’t get that either. Although, my family could not survive on the disability payment.
So, I am doing what I need to do – cashiering.
All in all though… life has been good. I have a wonderful, supportive family, I have gone places that I did not think I would ever go, met peoplle I never dreamed I would meet.
Michelle Hoffmann is the owner, editor and publisher of The 24KaratMarketer Ezine – http://free24karatmarketer.com, an online publication that is dedicated to helping marketers, new and experienced, succeed in their online businesses. She is also a mother, writer, photographer, web designer, Chandler, and student of nature. Yes, she does it all!