23-year-old TBI survivor determined to heal, become a teacher

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Traumatic brain injury survivor Emma Kenyon is working hard to heal. The Mechanicsburg resident was in a coma for a month after a car crash left her with a traumatic brain injury in February. 

After being in the hospital for months, Kenyon is home and thankful to be alive. 

“I want to be completely better,” said Kenyon. 

“She’s still learning everything, learning how to do everything again,” said Michele Dill, who lives in Mechanicsburg. “She’s making great strides, but we still have a long way to go.”

She has made great strides. Kenyon can now get up on her own and can get up the stairs with help from others. 

Loved ones say Kenyon’s recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.

“Have we come a long way? Absolutely,” said Dill. “Are we where I thought we would be at this point? No…when you love someone, you always want the best and always want things to happen way quicker than they do.”

Kenyon is doing occupational, physical and speech therapy. She’s hoping to begin an aquatics program.

While many things have changed since the crash, her dream to make a difference in students’ lives as a teacher remains the same. 

“I want to student teach and be a teacher,” said Kenyon. 

“You can’t not have those goals,” said Dill. “You have to. You can’t ever give up.”

Her advice to other traumatic brain injury survivors is, “Keep pushing because they are lucky to be alive.”

Kenyon still has college loans to pay off. Not all of her care is covered by insurance.

Click here to donate to help Kenyon through her recovery.

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