Molly O’Brien is no stranger to concussions. In fact, by age 23, she had already recovered from six of them. But the seventh was different.
In February of 2017, Molly slipped and fell on some ice while walking to work and hit her head on the curb.
“Right after I fell, I knew something was really off,” she said.Molly had headaches and shooting nerve pain. Her speech and vision were impaired. She was sensitive to light and noise. And she was afraid to leave her house.
“I would get confused really easily,” she said. “When I had to go in public, or be in busy environments where lots of things were moving around, I would start to have panic attacks.”
But what Molly didn’t realize at the time was that the headaches, visual disturbances and anxiety were all symptoms of an even deeper issue in her brain.