Volunteer Highlight: Monica Plascencia

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I am currently a student at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) where I am studying to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). I first heard of this profession when my grandmother had a stroke 5 years ago and I helped translate for the SLP during my grandmother's sessions. I quickly started realizing how important it is to be surrounded by people who love and care about your well-being as it helps you go through the toughest moments in life. 

I first heard about B.R.A.I.N. when Lynn gave a presentation during my first year at CSUF. The first day I drove to B.R.A.I.N., I remember being nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect; I sat in my car thinking, “everything will work out the way it should”. That day, I met Sara Braver and connected during Cognitive Class. It was my first real interaction with a survivor at B.R.A.I.N. and I instantly felt comfortable. I was lucky enough to have Sara as my B.R.A.I.N. Cell Partner and I am so blessed she has become a part of my family. I began volunteering with an aim to help others but soon realized that most of the B.R.A.I.N. survivors have impacted my life more than I could ever expect. Let’s Talk and F.B.I. nights are what I look forward to each and every week. I come in with an open mind and leave with a happy heart. It allows me to meet new people, listen to each unique journey and leave inspired to help.

B.R.A.I.N. is a place of acceptance, a place where we can share laughs and tears, and most importantly, a place that is a second home to many.