Kelly Spence Cain

Kelly Spence Cain will discuss her book “A Stranger to Myself” at the Citrus Writers group meeting this Saturday, June 12.

At 18, Kelly Spence Cain was a beautiful college freshman, an accomplished elite tennis player and a former high school cheerleader, when her life changed forever.

On March 18, 1985, she was riding in a car driven by a friend when they were hit by a semi-truck loaded with cement blocks.

Upon impact, Cain was thrown through the windshield and her face hit the grill of the truck, shattering every bone in her face and causing a traumatic brain injury so severe that the doctor gave her only a 2% chance of survival.

She has undergone 17 reconstructive surgeries, is blind in her right eye and has had to relearn everything.

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Her book, “A Stranger to Myself,” chronicles her recovery.

The public is invited to hear Cain speak at the Citrus Writers group at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 12, at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the church hall, at 9425 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs.

For information, call Jim Meyer at 352-205-5302.

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