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February 21, 2014

Keith: Never give up hope

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Keith had severe memory loss from the accident.

“After the accident, I didn’t go back to school for about a year and a half. I had no memory at all of what I had majored in. I had to start all over. It felt like I had ADD, I couldn’t concentrate on what people were saying. I had to re-learn so much like walking; it was a physical and mental challenge. I started an internship with a company I had interned with before my accident. Things started to slowly come back to mind. I kind of picked up things I had forgotten. After college, the company State Auto Insurance hired me full time and I have been there 17 years now.”

Keith started doing motivational speaking in 1995.

“I found that there was not much education on brain injuries,” Keith said. “I was treated differently and that didn’t set well with me at all. I ended up recovering well and I am so blessed. I wanted people to know if they had a brain injury they can recovery with the right diagnosis and right medical attention. Some people won’t recover, but we all share a lot of common ground. I wanted to teach people about this. Hope is the big thing; it will change your life.”

Darcy has been recognized internationally for her speaking by being selected by ThinkFirst chapters nationally and around the world as the 2006 National ThinkFirst VIP Speaker of the Year, recognized as an Indiana Hero by the Indiana Pacers basketball team, and was selected as a 2000 Ball State University Graduate of the Last Decade, among other honors listed on this website. Darcy is an accomplished speaker and has obtained her Competent Toastmaster (CTM) designation, as well as serving as a charter member of Toastmaster’s Talking Heads Club #761. She is also a CLASS graduate (Christian Leaders Authors Speakers Seminar), studying under Florence Litthauer, CSP, CPAE, world-renowned Christian speaker, and attended Christian speaker Carol Kent’s “Speak Up with Confidence” speech clinic at the Wesleyan Women’s Ministry Summit.

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