SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Bob Bernardi (survivor)
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to publish your story and raise awareness for Brain Injury.
Bob Bernardi (survivor)
Recently was an anniversary. It’s been 24 years since that terrible day back in 1992, when I lost control of my car and suffered my traumatic brain injury. Needless to say, I have experienced a lot of life’s lessons – both good and bad. I am still here, and I have accepted my standing in life, but that is not to say that I am not a fighter. If I feel that something is not right with my care or if I have questions, then believe me when I say I am going to express my concerns or ask my questions! I have had the very best in medical care and some of the worst, and, for that reason, I will not just “go with the flow.” I am sure that most of you know that, when the human brain is hurt and damaged, that alteration is an alteration to “us.” Our brain is “us.” Just trying to get back to our original selves is what we strive for. I know I can be a pain to many of my friends outside of the brain-injury community with how I view everyday life. But all that we have shared in the brain-injury community make us friends. I know that I depend on their views. I would be lost without the brain-injury community, and for that I am thankful!
Thank you Bob Bernardi for sharing your story.
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