Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation program
Admit: March 21, 2012
Discharge: April 20, 2012
Danielle Brazant doesn't remember the car accident in 2012 when she was ejected from her car on a snowy night in Cedar Rapids. Or the doctors telling her she would have permanent brain injury as a result.
"My most lasting memories from this period begin at On With Life. Staff and nurses made everyday life at On With Life as enjoyable as the circumstances could allow," said Brazant. "I vividly remember the group sessions where TBI survivors would come and share their stories - I really cherished those times."
Brazant says she took a multi-faceted approach to her recovery, focusing first on the medical recovery, then working on the emotional, spiritual and professional recovery, which she admits took much longer.
"My emotional, spiritual and professional recovery occurred two years after my brain injury. It was then that I held a steady job, lost excess weight I gained post-brain injury and started gaining back my selfesteem," said Brazant. "The self-esteem boost was just what I needed to hit the ground running!"
And she did. Brazant obtained her insurance license with the State of Iowa and is currently an independent insurance agent and restaurant manager. She was appointed to the Marion Civil Rights Commission and now serves as a Commissioner for the City of Marion. She is active in local politics and community affairs, and serves as the Cedar Rapids Stop Violence Movement committee member liaison and volunteers for Concerned Veterans of America, the NAACP and
the Linn County Republican Central Committee.
"After the accident, I thought my life was over. I wanted to forget what happened to me, but the world wouldn't let me," said Brazant. "Now I want to do my part to give back to the community and world that I now feel blessed to live in!"