My Story

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 –, 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!