MY INVISIBLE ILLNESS OF CONCUSSION INJURY IS MORE REAL THAN YOUR IMAGINARY MEDICAL EXPERTISE OF HEALING.
Meet four members of the Concussion Injury Group, a band of advocates so determined they risk taxing their personal health, short-term, for the end game of better care for others.
Three of the four lost top career positions due to sudden, and freak brain injury. A fourth had her career path altered but is about to graduate, thanks to home-schooling and the online courses of Carleton University.
Jane Clark, 55, was a leading patent litigation lawyer. She kept company with scientists from around the globe, held senior management positions, did volunteer work in the community and sang in the office band. Five years ago, her life was forever altered by a simple slip on ice.
“I lived life large,” Clark says. “Now it’s very much about living small.”
Friday, Clark leaned heavily on the arm of her grown son, Alex, as she left the building.
Natalia Rybczynski, 46, holds a PhD in biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University. She was a researcher at the Museum of Nature and a professor at Carleton University. Her passion was leading paleontology expeditions to the High Arctic. Along the trail she blazed, Natalia discovered new fossil mammals and was featured in scientific journals, including the journal Nature. In 2015 she was named one of Canada’s top explorers.
NATALIA RYBCZYNSKI, 46
How: Cross-country ski collision.
Symptoms: Layering of issues, headaches, nausea, fatigue. Physiological issues related to heart rate. Exercise intolerance.
Career interrupted: Medical retirement as research scientist, Museum of Nature. Carleton University professor. PhD from Duke University.
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