I’m Cassandra Witt, a professional bodybuilder who suffered a traumatic brain injury in November 2017 when I slipped on my hardwood floor in a pair of fuzzy socks. Ask me anything.
That’s right, I’ve been a hardcore athlete since I was a kid and have done some pretty extreme things in my life, but what nearly took me out was falling while putting on pajamas in my bedroom. I was gearing up to compete in my first bodybuilding competition at the time, but I cracked my head so hard that I was suddenly sidelined with life-threatening injuries including a hairline skull fracture, a brain bleed and a blood clot in the back of my head known as a sinus thrombosis. My injuries demanded several months of daily injections of blood thinners, so strenuous activity was a no-go because it could cause another brain bleed.
I built up my strength enough to get back to a six-days-a-week workout routine within six weeks of a clear MRI in February 2018. Four months later, I was up on the competition stage, placing second in two of my three events.
You can read more about my story at https://www.uchealth.org/today/traumatic-brain-injury-kept-bodybuilder-offstage-but-not-for-long/.
Edit: Thank you all for the questions! You can continue to follow my journey on Instagram @cass.witt1212