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From The Miami Herald:

Shari Lynn Beame was 17 years old in 1988, looking forward to graduating from high school and becoming a reporter.

But those dreams were shattered on Jan. 14 as she was driving to her intern job at The Boca Raton News and a speeding car slammed into her Volkswagen Rabbit.

The impact propelled Beame 35 feet into the air, slamming her head onto the street. The brain injury left her paralyzed. For the next two years, Beame had to relearn everything, including walking and talking.

"I was 17 years old wearing diapers,'' she said.

She turned to art to communicate.

"It gave me the outlet for all of my emotions. I was just so tense, [had] so much anger,'' she said. "After I painted a picture, I was feeling relieved.''

Her recovery ignited a love for therapy. Now Beame, 40, of Coral Springs, is a certified mental health therapist specializing in art therapy.

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Traces of the accident remain. Faint scars are etched on Beame's neck from her tracheotomy. She occasionally slurs her speech and stumbles. "I still walk funny,'' Beame said, laughing.

But it doesn't stop her from climbing on a chair at the library and taping posters on the walls that read "Communication through art'' and "Art heals.''


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