"Avoiding working on the computer, avoid using your cell phone, text messaging, avoiding reading, avoiding studying," Dr. Graham said. "I think all that stuff takes a back seat in allowing yourself to recover."

I wasn't sure when I would be able to return to my job, but doctors assured me there wasn't any reason I wouldn't make a full recovery -- and that it would just take time.

However, Dr. Nelson recognized, "You can have a severe concussion, and recovery could take years."

Some days are harder than others. I struggle with headaches and exhaustion, but I’m happy my family knew what to do after I fell.

I wanted to share my story because of all the headlines I read where someone has a head injury, and someone says “they seem fine afterward.” And you hear that from the family -- they often say their loved one “seemed” fine -- until they weren't.

The reality is that head trauma is serious, and doctors say it is better to err on the side of caution than to be wrong. It could be the difference between life and death.