Lemons to Lemonade

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‘Lemons to Lemonade’

By Cole Kelly

Oconee County Schools K-12

"In honor of chickfila, I drew lemons being squeezed into lemonade. Lemons symbolize the bad breaks and situations and the lemonade is all the good things I turned them into. In October 2019, I was at Athens Academy playing varsity football. I got blindsided by two seniors and my world went blank. I had suffered a massive traumatic brain injury. I slept 20 hours a day for 6 weeks and was unable to go to school for 4 months. I was forced to transfer to North Oconee High, which has been the best decision of my life. I am in clubs, classes I enjoy, and have lots of friends in the short time I have been here. I have just finished recovering, as it has been 15 months since my injury. Resilience for me is about bouncing back and making the best of any situation you find yourself in. "