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“‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay:’ What Emotionally Struggling Students Need to Hear”

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Growing up, I was a normal, active kid who loved school and participated in many sports and activities. I loved school and it came easily to me!

When I was 15, my life changed when I had an accident while horseback riding. I have absolutely no recollection of the event itself, but I know that I landed on my head.After about 45 minutes of unconsciousness, followed by another 5 hours where I was unable to recollect anything – I had no short- or long-term memory – I “woke up” in the hospital.

By “woke up” I mean I was able to retain enough information to have a conversation that lasted longer than 5 minutes.After a few days in the hospital, where I answered the same questions over and over (What is your name?

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