Almost 30 years ago, it was 1982, I experienced an accident that changed my life. Luckily, I was alive and I had all my limbs, but it was quite a long journey to pick up the pieces of my life and put the past behind. I unfortunately suffered from a brain injury when I was in 2nd grade. I was in the back seat with my mother in the passenger and my godfather driving. A drunk driver hit us as my car was turning left,… Continue
Added by Rosaria Stabile on January 31, 2011 at 6:14pm —
As I have mentioned, Mark and I began our married life blending families. We are experiencing what many “40 something” parents do with children growing up and starting to move on. Cody, our oldest, is 19 and in college. He is ready to take on the world, most of the time. He lives on his own, but keeps close contact with us and our refrigerator.
Mariah, Mark’s daughter, is busy with her other family. She has spent the past two years in Germany and is getting to experience traveling… Continue
Added by Paige Day on January 31, 2011 at 3:14pm —
A few years ago I was introduced to another TBI survivor through a mutual friend. It was an awkward introduction but we became instant friends. It happened that our families would attend the same summer concerts in the park and after word the children would play until dark. As weeks progressed it was nice to meet on a bench and discuss topics like dealing with emotional stress, drug therapy, pain, depression, and many other aspects that are experienced by… Continue
Added by Inez on January 31, 2011 at 7:30am —
I was warned of the isolation and lonliness that my Injury has left me with and
I thought I was prepared.
But just as my other thoughts and plans of how I would conquer my injury, I was mistaken.
I'm pretty sure I will survive but just as I thought I was prepared before,
I am afraid that my fears will become my reality.
Added by Tom on January 30, 2011 at 5:25pm —
As the years since my brain injury have passed memory has been a continual challenge. The problem is that my mind plays tricks on me. A good example is that I will try to remember something simple like pick up toilet paper at the store. Sometimes I will think about it very hard and I will remember and complete my task but the idea will get stuck in my mind and I won’t remember that the task is complete. The result of this is that I will go to the store everyday for several days and buy more… Continue
Added by Inez on January 28, 2011 at 6:00pm —
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Added by Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA on January 28, 2011 at 1:58pm —
It is easy to get lost in traumatic brain injury. This applies not only to the survivor, but the the family, too. You can't see the injured brain, it hides its darkness beneath the shrouds of flesh and bone. Because of this, you feel like you are constantly explaining behavior, about forgetting things...and then forgetting that they were forgotten; or unexplained mood swings and irrational behavior. It is hard on everyone.
Brain injury recovery is a slow process, too. Unlike… Continue
Added by Paige Day on January 25, 2011 at 4:21pm —
Added by Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA on January 25, 2011 at 12:17pm —
Added by Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA on January 24, 2011 at 12:29pm —
In September of 2004 I was in a car accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury. The effects of the injury, such as memory loss, light and sound sensitivity, vertigo, seizures, and constant physical pain enveloped my world. Fear enveloped my life and family, fear that the next seizure would end in death. I have heard people say the phrase to me, ”You are a miracle” but I never quite felt that way about my survival because of the mixed blessing of life and pain. I felt lost and… Continue
Added by Inez on January 23, 2011 at 7:30pm —
Added by Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA on January 22, 2011 at 12:33pm —
Added by Debbie Gibbons on January 20, 2011 at 1:01pm —
Our life now is not bleak and loveless or sad. It is just the opposite. Our home is filled with laughter and love and a passion that might have never existed before the accident. Maybe it is because our family came so close to experiencing death, maybe it was because we found out that life is the only answer when faced with adversity, or maybe we just really loved each other. Regardless of the reason, our home is where the children’s friends want to visit, where everyone comes for family… Continue
Added by Paige Day on January 20, 2011 at 12:03pm —
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Added by Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA on January 18, 2011 at 1:30pm —
“I don’t feel like part of this family,” Mark stated angrily as he and I discussed the bills one night. “You don’t consult me on anything!”
This was true. I had stopped patiently going over our household finances with Mark. I had simply taken on the task of paying our bills and balancing our rapidly decreasing check book. I was tired. Tired of explaining, tired of being patient, tired of the whole thing.
I heard myself sigh out loud.
“I am sick of hearing you sigh,… Continue
Added by Paige Day on January 18, 2011 at 10:03am —
I would like to Thank our Soldiers for Servicing in the Military. Thank You for Fighting for our Freedom.
Added by Tammi Diaz on January 16, 2011 at 5:24pm —
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Added by Tammi Diaz on January 16, 2011 at 5:06pm —
I look out over the sodden mess that is my yard and garden, the icy pasture field below, and tell myself, "spring will come again." The sun rises a few minutes earlier each morning, and waits just a little longer each afternoon before it sets for the night. The seed catalogs just came in the post box, and are filled with beautiful promises of this years' garden-to-be, and I am determined to make it happen. Spring will come again. It will not be the same spring as it was last year, but it… Continue
Added by Kat Z on January 16, 2011 at 10:53am —
Added by Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA on January 15, 2011 at 7:00pm —