Name: Grace D.
City: Surprise, AZ
Brain Injury: Concussion, memory loss. Playing a soccer game, got pushed, fell and hit my head on turf. Suffered memory loss from the start and lost most normal abilities: speaking, walking etc.
Explanation of mask: My mask shows how a brain injury like mine is invisible. When I get a scratch, you know I have a scratch. When I bump my head and forget everything, you wouldn’t know. I care a lot about the way I look, so if I look fine people assume I feel fine; this is not true. I have a lot of headaches when it feels like my head is on fire, I am always tired and my memory is foggy. Even though all this is going on, I look like any other teenager. Looking normal and happy is not the same as feeling normal and happy. I hope the message shows through my mask.