TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Tanner Thomas

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Brain Injury is NOT Discriminating!

bigstock-cartoon-face-vector-people-25671746-e1348136261718It 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 neelyf@aol.com. I’d love to publish your story and raise awareness for Brain Injury – one view at a time.

Tanner Thomas (survivor) contributed by Molly Strieter Thomas‎ (mom and caregiver)

Thomas, Tanner Survivor 051015 Mom Molly Streiter ThomasMy six-year-old son, Tanner, had emergency brain surgery to deal with a ruptured cerebral AVM (arteriovenous malformation) on March 8th, spent two weeks in the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) for his coma, was in Pediatric Care another one and a half weeks, Thomas, Tanner Survivor 051015 Molley Strieter Thomas Mom 11138613_10206751047637517_944490406653736580_nand had another two and a half weeks of inpatient rehab. It was a delight to go home! We are continuing with outpatient therapy. The doctors are amazed with his rehab. They are calling him a miracle. He has come so far – nothing is slowing this kid down. He remains so positive. He never says “no” or “I can’t.” Tanner really is an inspiration! He is AWESOME! ❤

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