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.

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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!