Living with TBI (video)



  • Lee Staniland  On December 2, 2010 at 16:33

    Wow that was a great video. I saw myself so many times.
    That is what I have always said. You have to be positive and just live! You might do things a little different from other people, but you can still do them.
    Great message!

  • Kae Fournier  On December 15, 2010 at 16:13

    I have a brain injury due to a car-pedestrian accident 7 years ago in West Seattle. I thought my life was over, I lost almost all my friends, I couldn’t make coffee anymore, I couldn’t drive or walk, or most importantly be completly independant, oh yeah or talk like brian. I went to a nursing home in Pyullup Washing after being at Hrborview, and thats where I woke up from my 4 month coma. The moment I wokeup they started my rehab and I went home another 4 months later. The nurses were awesome, we “hung out” everyday, even after they put everyone in bed. I feel like their excepting me from the moment, and treated me like a friend, really helped my recovery. My family were also a huge help. They excapted me from the begining. They pushed me on with love and support.
    Now its been 7 years, I still need help on things, but I live behind my mom in our redone garage. I also attend Bellevue College in Washington, I’m in the OLS Venture program. This progam is for people with learning disabilities, but I don’t have one, I just learn differently now from my TBI. While in the nursing home I learned about Ski for All, now none as Outdoors For All, and started skiing the next winter after I came home. I’m also looking for a job, but its hard with a disability, due to the fact that I can do many things because of my mobile abilities. I’m very happy with my new life. I am still learning and addapting to my new life, but I except it. Like Brian I’m happy and love life!

  • Len MacIvor  On January 5, 2011 at 23:58

    I am so happy to have found this site ! I was in an ATV accident while on a work trip in Costa Rica in 2005 . I shattered 5 vertbre and most of the focus was on my spinal injury . When I recovered I returned to my career which went downhill fast ….I didn’t find out about my TBI for 2 years after my accident . By this time I had decided to resign from my 13 year career (275k/year) …and took another job that I was recruited for based on my track record . The new job only lasted 1 year …as it highlighted my TBI and I was lost trying to survive . I have continued to try and rebuild my life and support my family , however I am started to see that I am just spinning my wheels and am trying to come to the realization that I will never be person that I was was .
    When I think back over the past 5 years …I have a hard time accepting that it has taken me so long to start to understand this injury . The decisions that have been made by myself and why I have been left alone to make these decisons ?
    All I want …is to make sure my family doesn’t suffer anymore than they already have given this event .

  • Harvey Myers  On April 3, 2011 at 11:18

    My injury was kind of a stealth injury. I didn’t know TBI was involved until 12 years of pain was ended by a cool little procedure called NeuroCranial Restructuring. The trouble getting back to life led me to a support group, and finally the VA recognizes that I did suffer TBI. Since my head itself was misshapen, having that NCR procedure helped relieve pressure on my brain and I have experienced amazing advances in restoring cognitive ability. I like this video because brain injury is very hard to understand for the sufferer as well as friends and family. I really related to these people, the rebirth of it all, is amazing and is little known.

  • Zach  On August 12, 2013 at 20:38

    My 37 year old son has a TBI from a motorcycle accident he had when he was 13. He suffered a subdural hematoma and doctors were not sure if he would make it. Eventually he was released and we were told he would be fine. Not true. He has suffered his whole life from depression, mood swings, anxiety, short term memory loss. He had trouble in school and was declared learning disabled. He wanted to graduate from high school and finally did at age 20. He tried hard to fit in and appear normal for a very long time. He used alcohol to avoid his pain which made his depression worse. Only in the last year since he has been sober and living with me did we find out he has been suffering from a TBI. He fell through the cracks trying to get help his whole life and I am trying to help him. He now is on Disability and Medicaid but real help is so hard to find. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding out there including most doctors. Even his therapist doesn’t seem to understand. She believes that because he appears fine he is fine. It is very disappointing and discouraging for both of us. Tomorrow we see a neurosurgeon for the first time. He has been given so many different medication that never seem to help. We keep trying. Does anyone relate at all? Any suggestions? Thank You.


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