TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Brain Injury is Not Discriminating.


It can happen to anyone, anytime, . . . and anywhere.

The Brain Trauma Foundation states that there are 5.3 million people in the United States living with some form of brain injury.

On “Faces of Brain Injury,” you will meet survivors living with brain injury. I hope that their stories will help you to understand the serious implications and complications of brain injury.

The stories on SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury are published with the permission of the survivor or designated caregiver.

If you would like your story to be published, please send a short account and two photos to me at donnaodonnellfigurski@gmail.com. I’d love to publish your story and raise awareness for Brain Injury.


Chorn, Jennifer Girouard & SpouseJennifer Girouard Chorn (survivor)

I am a TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor. I fell from the second story of my house onto a tile floor in August 2010. I was life-flighted to the shock and trauma center of the Chorn, Jennifer Girouard & Kidshospital. I was in a coma for almost a month. I broke my arm, back/sacrum, and eye socket. But, the most serious invisible injury is my TBI. Apparently God wasn’t yet done with me. So I’m very thankful for my family, who helps me overcome my TBI every day.

West, Kimberly JuneKimberly June West (survivor)

I am the face of TBI (traumatic brain injury). In 2001, I had a sagittal sinus thrombosis, a clot in the main vein of my brain. Three weeks after I gave birth to my last baby and with only a 10% chance to live, I had several strokes. In 2013, I had a frontal lobe stroke that changed me completely.

Michael - TBI Survivor

Michael – TBI Survivor

Sandy Cutshall Williams (caregiver of son, Michael)

My survivor is twenty months post injury. We visited his neurosurgeon Friday. The doctor stopped mid-sentence with a tear in his eye and said, “Wow, Michael! I just cannot believe you are the same kid I thought would never make it through surgery. I never in a million years thought you would survive and be as well as you are.” Michael walks, talks, and has a part-time job. He still cannot remember much from the previous day, and it’s obvious his speech is a problem. He is more than my survivor and my hero; he is MY son. I am so glad that God gave him back to me.


(Clip art compliments of Bing.)

(Photos compliments of contributors.)

Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury" (3)

  1. Wonderful to see how people share their experiences.


    • Jessica, I agree. Though each story is different, there are so many overlaps. I hope that be reading these stories other survivors of TBI can gain comfort that they are not alone.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


    • Hi Jessica, Do you have an experience that you would like to share?

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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