Susan R. Nelson in 1990
Susan R. Nelson in 1990

By All Accounts . . .

The gunshot to the back of her head should have been fatal. But with the bullet still lodged in her brain, Susan, at age 29, would start her life over again.

Susan shares her journey from death including the moment, while still comatose, she saw a light in the distance, and though NOT the “white light” so many speak of, still a glimmer of the possibility of help. During the coming years, she not only had to learn the most basic of physical tasks, she had to learn how to cope with her ride on a volatile, emotional roller-coaster that now seemed to be her new life.

Susan Speaks Out . . .

After a six-year struggle attempting to forget the past and find her place in the world, the native Texan returned to her home state.

Susan currently lives a happy life as a wife, mother and inspirational presence in her community.  Susan is an active and outspoken board member for Texas Gun Sense, where she has testified before both the TX Senate and House Appropriations.  She has been asked to share her story on behalf of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. She also speaks at local churches and outreach networks. As a traumatic brain injury survivor Susan remains committed to organizations that focus on awareness, recovery and women’s issues.

Susan R. Nelson Today

The Only Light I Saw Was in Galveston





Austin, Texas



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