Artist Ginny Ruffner's TBI: Yesterday's News

Artist Ginny Ruffner was in a coma for five weeks, in the hospital for five months, and in a wheelchair for five years. But she never considered giving up her art.  "Giving up art is like giving up having green eyes. It's who I am, not what I do."

I was in an accident, a car accident, which was not my fault. And I was in a coma for 5 weeks, the hospital for 5 months, a wheelchair for 5 years. But that was yesterday's news. How I felt was like, my mind was an empty house. A house I used to live in that was bigger, but now it's empty, so it's-- for me it's familiar but it's different, so it's--that way is--the way it was-- I didn't know what I could remember and what I couldn't remember. I didn't know what I could do and what I couldn't do. It's pretty scary, but I had great family and a lot of friends to talk to, that really are helpful. I have had moments where I felt aggravated that I had to do certain things a certain way, but I--and as to whether I ever felt about--I wanted to give up heart, that's like giving up having green eyes. I mean, it's just, it's not a choice. It's who I am; it's not what I do.
Posted on BrainLine September 19, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Ashley Gilleland, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.