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Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Crash and Her First Attempt to Return to College

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Crash and Her First Attempt to Return to College

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[Kelli Williams Gary, PhD] When I first sustained a brain injury, it was in August of 1990. At that time I had just finished my sophomore year in college at the Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. I had one year of military service in the US Army Reserves. And I was also really involved in the military ROTC program at FAMU. After my acute recovery, I could say I spent about 5 ½ months in a hospital setting, and I spent 2 months in an out-patient community rehabilitation program. I didn't feel like I had missed much, and I decided to go back down to my school in Tallahassee Florida, and continue where I left off. Get back into ROTC, resume the classes that I was about to take in the fall semester, and be the person that I thought I was going to be right before I had my accident. Within 2 months, basically I was flunking every test that I had taken. I could not take any notes. I did not know— I couldn't remember anything. I was just tried to do what used to I regularly do, and I was not able to.

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After five months in acute rehab following her car crash, Kelli Gary, PhD returned to college and tried to do what she had always done. Within two months, she was flunking out. She needed a new plan.


Produced by Sharon Ladin, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.

Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/LKelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in 1991.

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