At eight years old, Jessica was struck in the head by the side mirror of a speeding vehicle as she walked home from school. She was in a coma for two weeks, then spent more than two months in various hospitals undergoing rehabilitation.
The rest of Jessica’s school years were full of frustration and torment, as she felt misunderstood by her teachers and peers due to issues arising from her acquired brain injury. Jessica eventually began using drugs and living on the street.
With the support of her family, an addictions counselor and her FVBIA case manager, Jessica found the resources and the strength to get clean and sober. She is now living independently and is actively involved in the Community Mentor program, meeting with her case manager on a regular basis for support.
Jessica is sharing her story with others through public speaking engagements.