Newsmaker: Jerry Nadeau

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Driver Jerry Nadeau, who suffered a serious head injury in a racing accident May 2 at Richmond International Raceway, continues to make progress. The 33-year-old native of Danbury, Conn., talks about his ongoing recovery and how blessed he feels to be home for the holidays.

Question: How special will this holiday season be for your family?

Nadeau: There's no doubt that I have been blessed to be here. I don't know how else to say it. I had a very serious accident and was lucky to survive. I don't remember anything about the accident; I was out cold. But from what I have heard, there was a lot of concern that I wasn't going to make it. This is going to be a very special holiday for us with it being my daughter's (Natalie Kate, 10 months old) first Christmas. And I am here to enjoy these precious moments of life. Some people might say I had a very unfortunate year, but I look at it so much differently. We had a healthy daughter come into our lives and I survived a serious accident. That's anything but unfortunate and I feel extremely blessed. My good friend (IRL racer) Tony Renna didn't make it. We raced together as teammates in England in the Formula Opal Series. I am so sad about his loss and feel for his parents and fiancee. I was glad that my dad (Girard) and I were able to go to Florida to visit Tony's parents after his accident.

Question: What is the progress of your recovery?

Nadeau: As fast as I can go. The good news is that I can do what normal people do every day, I just can't race. I know I have a brain injury that I have to let heal and I am not rushing it. My left side is not coming in as fast as I thought it would. I have feeling, but it just doesn't work right. It's like when your arm falls asleep with a tingly feeling. For me, it's like that 24 hours a day. The doctors say that it should go away, but the problem is they don't know how long it will take. I have accepted that I'm not fully recovered right now, but I am making progress every day and I will get there. I know I will.

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