Editor’s note: Lindsay Corley is an assignment editor for CNN.


  • Lindsay Corley suffered a concussion during a car crash last year
  • The concussion has affected her memory, speech, reading ability
  • Corley has chronic migraines and says some tasks remain difficult
  • CNN Associate Producer Lindsay Corley talks with Don Lemon about recovering from a serious brain concussion.

    (CNN) — Imagine waking up one morning to find you can’t remember the most simple of tasks — things like brushing your teeth, combing your hair or even feeding the dog are suddenly major obstacles.

    For a year, this has been my life. I have been in recovery from a significant concussion. I am not in the NFL nor do I play contact sports. I am 28, and on February 19, 2012, I happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    A Kentucky state trooper later said it was the fastest snowstorm she had ever seen hit the area as whiteout conditions from a freak blizzard rendered roads treacherous within minutes.

    I was traveling on a highway in the Blue Ridge Mountains when my car hit a patch of black ice, skidded across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a median. I walked away from the accident thankful — thinking I was fine. But a week later, the real injuries crept in.