This is my family - from left to right: Dad, Mom, my sister, Tori, my brother, Zane, and me - Aviana.
My story starts when I was getting ready for church one morning in 2008.
MOM! Could you come help me?
Everything's fine honey, just finish getting ready!
I'm not lying, I feel really sick!
Is everything okay?
Later, while Zane and I were eating breakfast...
Are you serious?!
Zane, I need you and Avi to go downstairs. You can watch TV.
Zane thought that Tori was faking an illness. My parents were paying a lot of attention to her that morning, so he was annoyed. I, on the other hand, was worried sick!
You've got to be kidding me!
We're calling the paramedics!
Minutes later, Tori was taken to the hospital. She had a brain injury, and was taken to the Iowa City hospital after the one in Des Moines. She was in Iowa City for multiple weeks, which meant other family members had to take care of Zane and me while my parents were with Tori.