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Tiffany Garigan

Life support

Seven years ago, in 2012, I was resuscitated twice, then placed on life support. The doctors didn’t believe I would live through the first night in the hospital.

My first diagnosis

During this time I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, that started in my legs and traveled to my lungs. I had several blood clots, not only one. The clotting was so severe, it kept my brain and body from getting enough blood flow and oxygen, causing an extreme anoxic brain injury.

Learning again

The extent of my brain injury was so severe that I had to re-learn my entire life and went completely blind. After some time, I began therapy, physical, speech and occupational. I learned to walk again, talk, tie my shoes, care for myself. I learned my entire life over again.

Continuous warrior

Now, my vision is 20/20, it gradually came back as my brain began to heal.

Epilepsy warrior

Today, I live with epilepsy as a result of my injury. I have absence seizures. No medication has kept them away completely. I still have scarring on my brain. I recently had a Vagus Nerve Stimulator implant surgically put in my body. I’m excited about the next chapter. I am an overcomer and committed to the life I’ve been given.

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