If I could write a novel about my experience on the 7th floor at North Memorial,
I could write an entire TV series about my time at Courage Center... and maybe I
I don't no where to start. I could begin with my first visit to Courage...
sleeping Deb, the babbling brain damaged, and the tour... ahhhh the really scary
I could also start with my first day at Courage. That day I was privileged enough to witness first wheelchair fight (a racist guy with cerebral palsy fought a foul mouthed brain damaged Mexican). I met my first gun-shot victims. I learned about drug use in the disabled community. I met a bizarre group of self proclaimed "freaks" who would eventually become my friends. And I listened to a 65 year old stroke victim snore the night away.
I was in therapy for several hours everyday. Slowly, I grew stronger and more confident.
While at Courage I had four roommates. Snorin' Stormin' Norman- the 65 year old strokie, Myatt- a friendly brain damaged kid my age who was injured falling off of a horse, Eddie- a quad about my age, and Jason- a drug dealer from Chicago who was shot and was rendered a quadriplegic.
After I had enough strength and was healthy enough, tutors from my high school came up to Courage, taught me a few things, and eventually I graduated high school with the rest of my
class. After a summer off I started college at Augsburg in Minneapolis.
Everyday, I rode Metro Mobility bus to College. In between studying and school, I did my therapy.
That was a crazy, stressful, but exciting chapter of my life.
A year after I moved into Courage, I moved back home.
I promise I'll write more about Courage soon. There's just so much to write, it's
kind of overwhelming.
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