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A New Direction

Michelle Bartlett now mediates a peer support group for people recovering from brain injuries. Picture credit: Elke Semerad/CBC

By Sarah Trainor | CBC News

Michelle Bartlett was never expected to come out of her coma, but more than 10 years after her ordeal she’s helping brain injury survivors improve their quality of life.

Two days after open heart surgery in 2004, Bartlett suffered an anoxic brain injury.

“They don’t know why, but my lungs stopped working and heart stopped. It took a significant amount of time to stabilize me and that precipitated the coma,” Bartlett said Monday in an interview on Information Morning Saint John.

“Essentially my brain didn’t receive enough oxygen for what was, I’ve been told from five to seven minutes, which was an inordinate amount of time.”


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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.