Chances are you know someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI.) More than 1.7 million Americans each year sustain a TBI. I personally know five people who are living with some form of TBI. In fact, I’m living with one of them.
My husband, David, had his TBI in 2005. A professor friend of ours from Brigham Young University has one. So do my nephew, an actor/director friend from my local community theater, and the husband of my friend, Judy.
A TBI can occur in the blink of an eye. It is not discriminating. It cares not about color, race, or creed. It can happen to a child or an octogenarian and everyone in between. A child may fall off his bike or off her swing. A teenager may meet up with a TBI on the soccer or football field or a gymnastic mat. Car and motorcycle accidents are common causes of TBIs. An assault in a dark alley or domestic abuse in your home can result in a TBI too. One can even have a TBI while exercising (e.g., while doing chin ups in the wee hours of the morning after doing Tai Chi while listening to Deuter or some other new age CD). David did!
Like snowflakes, no two TBIs are the same. Each survivor is different too, and each method of healing is unique to the person who is struggling to regain some of his or her former life. With a lot of hard work, patience, and persistence many survivors can enjoy a “new normal” life. While they have very different problems, each one of the five people I know is trying hard to lead a “normal” and productive life.
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