b'Connor LaPlantRides the Long Road to Recovery and Self-DiscoverySTORY BY WILL GROVEPOEM BY CONNOR LAPLANTRemember, rememberConnor LaPlant had been riding dirt bikes for years. The 10th of April On April 10, 2006, he was making his way along a fairly predictable and smooth path, keeping it simple and riding Always present, not onewithin his ability. Connor has no memory of what happened next. It is still not clear to anyone what went wrong. His second left alone dad watched as he slowed to take a turn and disappeared behind a hedge. He heard the blip of the throttle and It takes over control andthen.nothing.He was found unconscious by his dad, who had called decides every movement 911 without hesitation. Connor was airlifted to the nearby hospital. The next time he woke up, he was in the ICU and A beast within my soul, it was May. He had sustained a significant traumatic brain injury (TBI) that caused extensive damage to the parts of the The new brain of this lifebrain responsible for crucial motor and cognitive function-ing. A long road of recovery and rehabilitation lay ahead.Connor LaPlant4 The Noggin | 2020vol 5issue 2'