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15 March 2018

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3/15/18 Hero: Nikeea Killick

Today‚Äôs #SameHereūü§ôHero: Nikeea Killick¬†(So interesting to hear the perspective of someone who went through a major physical injury from an accident, while at the same time had¬† to deal with mental health complications related to the accident. Though not surprised by her perspective, I was very interested to learn from Nikeea how the mental health piece felt harder to tackle than the physical health piece.¬† Things we…and others…can’t see/don’t know how to measure/don’t have a definitive game plan for, can be tremendous obstacles to overcome.¬† We’re grateful to Nikeea for sharing her story and perspective as yet another unique way that life’s obstacles can affect us.)

 

“19 month’s ago I was in a terrible accident that resulted in multiple fractures of the pelvis, wrist, ribs and face, along with two brain injuries. I fell down approximately 2.5 stories. My injuries were so intense, they induced me into a coma, and I woke 8 days later. Recovery was strange and difficult. I went from a wheelchair, to crutches, to walking with pain. I had forgotten how to spell simple words, took hours to write back a simple text because putting a conversation together was hard. Bright lights and noise overwhelmed me, causing anxiety. All these things in my brain were happening and no one really understood. Looking back on the experience, I now see that the mental state/obstacles were probably worse than the physical injuries. I felt like no one understood what was going on in my head. I wanted to sleep life away, but was also to scared to sleep from the nightmares I was having. I was paranoid and I hated myself. It was a dark place.

 

I was diagnosed with PTSD, although I kept most of my mental struggles to myself. I didn’t want to worry my partner and family. I also felt wrong and selfish for feeling down because everyone kept telling me how lucky I was to be alive.¬† There were time’s when I reached out for help. I called the Beyond Blue helpline. I called my partner and parents for a chat when feelings became too much to handle.

 

I ultimately took advice from family to ‘get busy.’ I started making dream catchers and candles. I also started meditating; mostly practicing gratitude. Although my doctor recommended antidepressants, I refused and wanted to get through the tough times naturally. I started university, determined to challenge myself. It made me feel somewhat empowered knowing that I could get better through my own activities. I now practice being a better person, regularly.

 

I have told my story many times, but the mental aspects have not been as public as what I have shared here – so, #SameHereūü§ô. I hope to inspire people who are in similar situations to speak to family, friends, and professionals. Believe in your own strength ‚̧!”

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