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September 21, 1998

The story we have this week was written by John Morrison, from Trenton, Nova Scotia. John has recently been involved in literacy classes at the Pictou County Continuous Learning Association.

My Story

by John Morrison

When I was 13 years old, I had a bad car accident and head injuries and a fractured skull in two places. The doctor said I would have been killed instantly if I didn't have a fractured skull in two places because there would not have been any way to relieve the pressure. My head and parts of my face were all black and blue and all swollen out. I was unconscious for three weeks and semi-conscious for one week in a wheelchair.

I had to learn how to walk and talk all over again. Then I was on Valium and had to have neurosurgeons to remove fluid touching my brain. I had yellow hair before the operation and then my hair changed color to dark brown. I was in shock mentally for one year, and there was psychological things that followed and I had three seizures in later years from scar tissue on my brain.

One night two years ago, my mother was watching a show on TV, all about starting an upgrading school for people who missed out on their education. My mother did everything in her power to get me into the school program. It's all about life, education and interacting with other people. So I wanted to communicate better and make a better living for myself. Cheryl Lays, my teacher, and I really hit it off right from the beginning. I met lots of nice people in my class and made lots of friends. I am advancing with my schoolwork, my family is happy for me and it's the best thing that's ever happened for me.

[This story was taken with permission, from a collection of stories written by adult learners in different areas of Nova Scotia, entitled Over the Mountain II, p. 51.]

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