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SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Lesley Ann Graham

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Lesley Ann Graham (survivor)

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bigstock-cartoon-face-vector-people-25671746-e1348136261718April 14th was the ten-year anniversary of the accident that should have killed me. It’s a miracle that I’m still alive and doing as well as I am. I had a base-of-skull fracture and bilateral frontal lobe damage. I was in a coma for three days. I had four brain operations. The doctors didn’t think that I would have anything like a “normal” life. I showed them. (Ha ha!) I went back to university, Graham, Lesley Ann Survivor2  061115got my degree, and worked part-time. (I will never be able to work full-time.) I then moved into my own flat. I got married, and we have an eight-month-old son. I hope my story can help others and make people realize that there is life after a brain injury. I believe it’s by the grace of God that we are all alive anLesley Ann Graham Survivor 061115d in this group.

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SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Alicia Theroux Williams

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Alicia Theroux Williams  (caregiver)

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bigstock-cartoon-face-vector-people-25671746-e1348136261718I want to introduce myself with a short story about my experience with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Last Christmas was the first Christmas in six years that my husband and I spent together. (He is a firefighter/paramedic. Therefore, he is on duty most holidays.) It was the best Christmas yet. I felt complete and whole. I never imagined that in just a couple of weeks my husband would be in a coma and sadly would not remember this glorious holiday. Williams, Eric Survivor 2 061215On the morning of January 6th, my husband was out running, and he was struck from behind by a cyclist. My husband’s first responders were his friends, since we live in the city that he works in. Williams, Alica Theroux Caregiver 061215They (I believe) were the reason that my husband survived. My husband spent fourteen days in a coma, seven days on the medical-surgical floor, and twenty-six days in an acute rehab facility. In a little more than three moWilliams, Eric Survivor 061215nths, he had three surgeries on his brain, plus many moreWilliams, Alicia Theroux Caregiver for & Husband Eric 061215 procedures for other issues. Even though we have just started on this journey, I am thankful to have a support-group to vent to and to get tips from. I feel like I am not in this alone.

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