June 24, 2018


Traumatic brain injury speakers have message for students

Jan. 29, 2018

3 women speakers sitting behind table


Laura and Susie suffered traumatic brain injuries, and they have a message for students: Don't.

Don't drink and drive. Don't forget to fasten your seatbelt.

The two young women recently spoke to Duanesburg High School students, including those in Sondra Rondeau's Life in the ER classes, about the impact of traumatic brain inury (TBI) and the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

Laura was hit by a drunk driver two days after her high school graduation. She was in the back seat of a car and was not wearing a seatbelt. Her mission is to speak to as many students as possible about the dangers of drinking and driving and the importance of wearing a seatbelt, no matter where you are positioned in the vehicle.

"Susie was living a normal, everyday life and had a stroke," Rondeau said. "Nothing happened to cause it, but her life changed dramatically."

Both women had to relearn all basic life skills including walking, talking, eating and breathing. Susie tells her story with the help of her iPad, and Laura brings her mom along for support.

Susie and Laura have shared time together in programs for individuals who suffer from TBI, including the Traumatic Brain Injury Program of the Capital District. They discussed TBI with Life in the ER students as part of their classroom instruction, but other students were interested in their messages as well.



 3 women speakers seated at a table                              students seated on bleachers listening to speakers