TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury James Thomas  (survivor)

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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.

Thomas, James survivor 111115James Thomas  (survivor)…I’m a traumatic-brain-injury (TBI) success story. I had three brain surgeries to remove three blood clots in my head. After the third surgery, I fell into a coma for three days. When I woke up, I lost the ability to walk and talk, and I wasn’t able to take care of myself. I had to learn every life-skill again, including how to write. I had to wear a diaper for seven months.

I was in the hospital for a month. When I was released, I went to one of best rehab centers in the state of New Jersey. There I had occupational, physical, and speech therapies twice a week. I was able to go home after three months, and my ex-girlfriend nursed me back to good health. I improved 150% in two years. I work now as a teacher assistant with Special Needs students.


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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury . . . . . . . . . . James Thomas (survivor)" (5)

  1. Ina Dutkiewicz said:

    James how wonderful you are doing! Way to not give up. What caused your initial brain injury? Was it the blood clots? I am encouraged by your story and that you are now working, I had a car accident 6 years ago and still haven’t returned to work. I suffered a severe TBI and was in a coma for 4 weeks that wasn’t medically induced. I’ll share more of my story too. 🙂


  2. lee staniland said:

    Good for you James. We need more positive people like you. God bless!


  3. Joyce Bondy said:

    James Thomas,

    What a wonderful comeback you have made after such a long road of hard work! I admire your perseverance and your ability to think of others and go back to work helping other young people! Congrats to you!


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