Getting back in the game

Determination and willpower gives Sarah the strength to find help and keep pushing past the obstacles life puts in her way.

Sarah loves to play soccer. For 13 years it’s been the one place she can find calm and peace from her troubles. She was one of the first players to play on the indoor field at BMO Centre when it opened. But she’s been forced by a concussion to stay away from one of her favourite activities. It’s her 12th concussion, far too many for someone who’s just turned 19. Sarah doesn’t know when she’ll be able to play again, but she’s determined that she will play again.

Sarah is proud of her determination. It’s the character trait that has kept her moving forward past all of the pain and hurt in her past. She’s spent much of her young life not being able to trust or rely on anyone. But that’s changed with her introduction to her outreach worker Amanda. Sarah now has someone that she can be honest and open with, and still feel safe. She can talk about the challenges of dealing with PTSD and borderline personality disorder. Sarah can call Amanda at any time of the day and get advice on school, roommates, or just to talk. “She’s available when I need her, not just if it fits in a work schedule.

I was so unsure and scared when I first reached out for help, but now I’m so glad that I did.

The extraordinary thing about their relationship is that it’s so ordinary. They can joke around when they meet for coffee, like two old friends spending time together.

With the support and help of Amanda and the health care team at the Health Centre, Sarah has moved forward with her life. She’s living on her own with her border collie named Miley, and studying Police Foundations at college. There are still difficult challenges that rise up and try to hold Sarah back, but she keeps pushing back and making progress. “Not many 19-year-olds say this, but I cannot wait to start working.”