- CHARITY BENEFIT
In May of 2008 I slipped and hit my head in Duane Reade. They had a water cooler that had problems and water covered the whole floor. It took until August of 2010 to even really talk about what happened to me because I literally left my body. I thought if I talked about it someone would put me away. I did not have insurance, therefore little help. The accident devastated my bank account and my living situation. I thought I would not be able to fight back if I talked about the effects of falling. Even in deposition, I didn’t even really talk about it because it happened before I got myself back. Duane Reade never offered to pay for my hospital bills or help finically in any way even though they admit it is their fault and because of that, the help I needed I had to find on my own. To this day I still suffer because of Duane Reade in so many ways and am still waiting for my day in court.
Kristen Chenoweth, 43, was terribly hurt in an accident on the set of “The Good Wife.” A lighting fixture fell on the petite star, and she also kept quiet until recently. Appearing on “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” Chenoweth revealed; “I couldn’t really form a sentence after it happened, I have a skull fracture and a rib issue and a hip issue. I’m just issue-ridden.” Speaking from having gone through this when you hit your head, you lose your speech and all your senses. Everyday waking-up becomes a new nightmare. You never know what you will lose or what will be heightened. You become afraid to sleep because of what will await you come day light and you might not like what happens. To this day my sleep patterns are not normal.
Ripa, asked: “What were you wearing when you woke up?” Chenoweth replied: “I lost an earring and a shoe. I don’t know where they are today.” I can relate to Ms. Chenoweth because to this day I do not remember falling. I remember looking down and seeing my body, but that is it. For most of 2008 to 2010, I did not know who I was. I knew facts but when I looked in the mirror I could not relate. I suffered with severe depression, which until then I never experienced. Before the accident, no matter the trauma, I was an upbeat person. The day I remembered who I was I cried tears of joy. Not remembering actually bothers me a great deal. To lose time and self is frightening.
Chenoweth is wearing her neck brace ‘on and off’, as she attends Fashion Week, but she has been forced to quit her recurring role as a political reporter on “The Good Wife.” I hope Kristen gets herself back and the things an actress holds dear such as memory. I still struggle with that and it has been four years. Now you know when I say I started a newspaper because I hit my head, you realize I was never joking.