Living a New Normal – Part One

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Living a New Normal – Part One

by Madeline Uretsky

My Accident

Countless athletes, both amateur and professional, suffer from concussions each year. It is a hot topic in the news, and the number of high school athletes suffering from concussions number approximately 60,000 per year. Several states have implemented concussion laws and protocol for students returning to their sport, however, rarely do you hear much about how it affects a student academically, or of any laws that support the issue of returning to the classroom.  This is the issue that I have tackled.

My name is Madeline Uretsky, and I am a 16 year old high school student/athlete; I play soccer, ice hockey, and track, am an active member in my school/class, an honor roll student, and a very positive person. In a matter of seconds, all of this changed for me. You never think it’s going to happen to you.

I sustained my first concussion, a very minor one, in May 2011 when I hit my head on a car door. It was my second concussion on October 13, 2011, that has changed my life. While playing in my high school soccer game, I was tripped from behind, fell on my forehead, snapped my neck back, and hit my forehead again. I knew something was wrong immediately. Because this was my second concussion in a short span of time, it built upon the previous one, but I had no idea how serious it would be.

In my next installment I’ll discuss how I live this new normal.

September 12, 2012

9 responses to “Living a New Normal – Part One”

  1. Sr. Cathy says:

    Your resiliance and common sense amaze me.I don’t know of too many adults who could handle your struggle with more grace and spirit.

  2. Janet Cromer says:

    Hi Madeline,
    Welcome to the Lash Blog! You have so much to teach us about constructive attitudes, all the aspects of recovering after brain injury, and maturity. Thank you for contributing you voice and experiences.I can’t wait to give you a hug in person at the “Heads Held High” Brain Injury Awareness Walk in Boston!

  3. Joyce Tracksler says:

    Dearest Madeline: Marsha forwarded your blog to me and I am delighted to read and share your thoughts which are remarkable to me. Jack and I are fascinated and impressed by the maturity with which you are dealing with this “new normal” and look forward to going along on your journey to recovery and the rest of your life. Our very best, Jack and Joyce from Gerrish Island

  4. Brenda Diaz says:

    Hello Madeline,
    I have always been so impressed by you, but this far exceeds any expectation. My thoughts and prayers have always been with you through this journey. You have taken a negative experience and have done something positive with it, so many people can benefit from your blog. Keep up the good work!

  5. Susan Haverty says:

    Hello Madeline,

    I just read your first blog and was very impressed. It sounds like you are a real achiever and will be an inspiration to others your age.

    Thank-you for taking the time to share your story.

  6. Brenda Diaz says:

    Dear Madeline,
    I have always been impressed by your positive attitude, but this far exceeds any expectation. You never cease to amaze me. My thoughts and prayers have always been with you through this journey. You took a negative experience and have turned it into something positive. So many people will be able to benefit from your blog. Keep up the good work!

  7. Debbie Girard Walton says:

    You don’t know me but I am a friend of your moms from elementary school. I had the pleasure of seeing her a couple of yrs ago at our reunion (I live in CA now). I just heard about your accident and you are in my prayers. Your mom updated me on how well you are doing. You are an inspiration for all of us. My son is about your age and in our sports meetings the school has been really promoting how serious a concussion is. I will be following your Blog and the updates of your success. I want you to know how proud I am of your strength, courage and positive attitude. I hope to meet you some day. Thanks for your inspiration!

  8. Michael Stelman says:

    We are so proud that you have adjusted so well to circumstances beyond your control. We look forward to readind all future installments of your blog. We love you,
    Carolyn and Deet

  9. Mr. G. says:

    Hey Maddie! Your mom sent me this link and I can’t wait to read your next installment. You have always displayed nothing short of brilliance and I’m positive that your ‘new normal’ will still be steeped in excellence! Proud of the work your doing here! Think positive and always smile!

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