Near the end of high school, dresses and tuxedos come out for prom.Â Seniors also prepare for college, military, and/or work.Â A lesson from my life must be learned.
In 1992, I was a Junior and an athlete at Tracy High School in San Joaquin County .Â I planned to attend a California college like Imperial Valley College.Â That never happened.
I was 16 on April 10 of that year and hit head-on by a drunken driver.Â The collision gave meÂ a coma for 100 days, brain injuries, several broken and dislocated bones, and paralysis.Â I was a patient in two hospitals for seven months and then had therapy for 17 months.
After 25 years, I still struggle daily with my hearing, talking, walking, and I cannot drive.Â Schooling for my dream job is unrealistic.Â A drunken driver dramatically changed my life.Â Â
Please do not make a bad decision by driving drunk or become a passenger of a vehicle with one.Â Â As the old clichÃ© says, â€œThe life you save may be your own.â€Â Â Â Â