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Broken Part 1: Living with a Brain Injury

What year are we in?
Do you know where you are now? Is it morning, afternoon or night?
Where are you? VOICES ECHO INDISTINCTLY Raise your left hand.
Can you tell me what
day of the week it is? Raise your left hand.
Can you open your eyes? We’re just trying to
get you better here. You’re at a place called ABI,
which is Acquired Brain Injury. MAN COUGHS WHISPERS: TK. TK? I’m still sleeping. (CHUCKLES)
(GROANS) TK is 22 years old. Oh, darling. You’re
all right, sweetie. Six months ago he had a car accident
that left him with a traumatic brain
injury. It’s 120 days since the accident. He’s just learnt
to grip a toothbrush. Cos when you wake up, I know you
like to do it after your coffee. Only now does he understand
what’s happened. Open your hand, TK. My name is TK Chase, short for Te Kaha. I had a car crash in
the Karangahake Gorge. I had a head-on. I wasn’t wearing my seat belt. and, um, and I hit the front, um, dashboard— I hit the front of it, and then
it flung me back in the back— in the back seat. He actually looked unscathed.
He didn’t have any scratches or— He had a little cut above his eye,
and the shattering of the glass was
still over him, just the— just like dust. He was the last to
fall out of the nest. Yeah, he was just eager for change
in his life at the time of his
accident. It was something that he spoke
about a lot. Where to for him? Study; he had thought maybe
jump in his van and travel NZ. He just was excited about
the next stage of his life. So, use this hand to push it
right back up your arm first. TK is at a specialised
rehabilitation centre in Auckland. In NZ, someone sustains a
brain injury every 15 minutes. After falls, the second major cause
of brain injuries is road accidents. (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) Terry was driving his truck when it
was jackknifed by another vehicle. The impact was so great that he was
thrown out of the cab window and on
to the road. Um, I, um, um… wanna go to have a two-day party. A two-day party?
Who’s that with? That was four weeks ago. His
constant thrashing is caused
by post-traumatic amnesia, and his wife, Andrea, is doing
her best to reassure him. He just tries to escape all the time
and get off the bed. That’s why the
bed’s down low. Can you get back on your bed?
Get back up. Come on. Up you get. On the bed. Come on. Up you get. Good boy. Up you get. (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)
There ya go. Terry has no idea of time… Try again. Another one. …or that he’s 56,… Yep. Thank you. …that he’s a grandfather, a father or a husband. Before his accident, Terry was known
as a gregarious bloke, a clown. He was also obsessed
with motorsport. What Terry’s body and brain
most need is rest. But he’s only getting four minutes
of sleep at any one time. This confused state has gone on
far longer than the medical team
expected. Hopefully get the agitation thing
sorted, cos I have noticed, the more
he sleeps, the less agitated he is. So if they can just sort that, then
it would be good. (CHUCKLES SOFTLY) I think I’ll speak —
speak and be off. You’re gonna speak and be off?
Yeah, I’ll speak —
speak and be the… We can get two clients who come in
with very similar scans, yet their presentation’s
completely different, and the way it affects them in
the longer term may be completely
different, and I just think that’s fascinating. Stephanie Kennerley is one of four
psychologists at ABI rehabilitation
centre. We get all these clients coming in
with these injuries in different
areas, and we have to try and
think as a team about, ‘OK, well, what do we think’s going
to be working OK for that client? ‘What do we think they may struggle
with or may have difficulties with
now, based on their injury? Our brain is a delicate organ
surrounded by fluid. When we hit our head, the fleshy
brain crashes into the hard skull,
damaging the tissues. I find, um, that life has tr— has lost its shine. This is Eltje just one year ago
at the Tour de France. The last thing she remembers before
her accident was cycling on a rural
highway. It’s likely she was the victim
of a hit-and-run. An ambulance person actually
drove past the scene and asked whether I’m OK, and I… I said no and collapsed. Medics use the Glasgow Coma Scale to
determine how severe a brain injury
is. When Eltje was assessed, her score
was the lowest possible survivable
rate. Doctors never expected that
she would ever speak again. WOMAN: How are you?
OK, so just hold on
before you do any steps. However, she’s been lucky. Now she’s anxious
to progress faster. I’m a physio by trade, and I know how much it depends on how much you do yourself. After injury, the first
few months are quite crucial, uh, for your brain
redeveloping new pathways, so I try to do as much
as I can right now. Much better. Someone’s brain will continue to
forge those new connections and
pathways, and they’ll continue
to change and recover. That early stage, that first
six months, particularly, is where we see — or tend
to see — the most change, and then gradually over time,
it sort of plateaus out a bit. So everything I do, from getting up
to making my breakfast and things,
is rehab. And that’s all preparing me to— hopefully it will lead to
an independent life later on. Because my right hand is not good, I try to eat with my right hand, instead of my left. I’ve been a very independent
living woman before, and, uh, yeah, I’m so dependent
now with every little thing; even going to toilet,
I gotta ask somebody. I want to move back to Te Kuiti, because I’ve got my own house there, so I want to have
my independence back. Vanessa is TK’s mum. When her son had his accident,
she drove her house truck from
the Coromandel, two hours outside Auckland. She’s been parked up and living
across the road ever since. She’s documented every day
of her son’s rehabilitation. They were keeping him alive. Te Kaha
was on life support. He had a huge
impact in his accident. Doctors inserted a bolt
into his brain. A drain was vital to reduce
the swelling and save his life. Became very sick in ICU.
He developed pneumonia. His lung burst, and the next day,
the other lung blew out. Uh, it soon became obvious that his
brain had damaged his left side, so therefore, um, his
limbs started curling. Yeah, he was present,
uh, but still in his coma. TK spent six weeks in intensive care
and then transferred to ABI. In those early stages, that’s where
we want a client — in intensive
rehabilitation. So we try and get clients— as soon
as they are medically stable in
hospital, we want them coming
into rehabilitation. Iup my brain real bad. Like, um,… um, the front area and
the back and the side. Yeah, and I bruised my brain
really bad, and, um, yeah. The value of having whanau, family,
involvement here is just so central. And I think particularly from
a psychologist’s perspective, in terms of their mood and their
motivation and their well-being, family-whanau are absolutely
central to that, so— and they’re often the drivers of
what a client’s early goals are
and where they’re progressing. And they’re going to be the ones
that are there in the long term. Since Terry’s truck accident,
little has changed. KEYPAD BEEPS For his wife, Andrea, it’s
become a relentless routine of driving the four hours between
Auckland and Kaikohe to be at his
bedside. I had to leave him on Sunday to go
home, and it’s the first time since
his accident. It was extremely hard to leave him, but then the nurse said to me,
you know, cos he’s in that
confused state, he doesn’t have any idea of time
or anything anyway. I’ve got a pretty good block, so I
just sort of concentrate on now and
don’t think about— I mean, every now and then,
like anybody, you know, you’ll be sitting at home on your
own, or like last night, driving
home — I left here sort of feeling a little
bit like he wasn’t as good as I
wanted him to be, I s’pose. And that’s probably another problem
when you go away and come back —
you expect a lot more. Whereas when you’re with them the
whole time, you just go with the
flow. SOFT, HOPEFUL MUSIC Yeah, I have two pictures
of everything, so when I take this off,
I can see you twice. (CHUCKLES) So you’re once the normal way, like here, and the other picture is rotated
and slightly off to the left. So that is w— Her optic nerves — so the
pathways that run from her eyes back to her visual cortex
at the back of her brain — are all working well. The reason she has double vision is
the input from her eyes, to do with
the way her eyes move, results in her seeing double. They think, uh, that I might not
get my normal eyesight back, but I intend to surprise them. Just another time. Eltje migrated from Germany to
a small NZ town 15 years ago. She was seduced by the
lifestyle and the cycling. But I’d love to do physio again. And thirty— or I should say,
firstly, I want to ride my bike. (EXHALES) (SOBS) I miss that. (SNIFFLES) THOUGHTFUL ACOUSTIC GUITAR MUSIC READS: ‘Today,
TK made a breakthrough. ‘Uh, TK yelled at me,
“I was in a car crash!”‘ And that was the day that a lot
of things, um, changed for TK. He went into massive grief. Uh, ‘I was in a car crash. Why do
you keep telling me? I was in a
car crash.’ He wasn’t sleeping. It was just
making him really deranged, and
he was seeing people in the room. He didn’t recognise me. He looked at me and said
that I wasn’t his mother, and he believed that members of
the family were trying to kill him. So there’s an entry here, (READS)
‘TK has woken up during the night. ‘He’s only slept a couple of hours,
and he’s crying— he was crying, “Get me out of the car. Get me out
of the car. I can’t get out of the
car, Mum.” ‘And I go up to him, and I just
hug him and hold him and tell him
everything’s gonna be OK. ‘It’s gonna be OK, son.’ And at that time, TK was saying
things like, ‘Why didn’t you kill
me? Why didn’t you kill me?’ He just didn’t wanna live his life.
He knew that his life wouldn’t be
the same. All right, Terry, so let’s just
review that information we were
talking about. What year are we in? 2012 or 2016? 2012.
We’re in 2016. Yeah.
2016. Ashley Stone gives Terry speech
and language therapy every day. We’re in the month of August.
Yes. So does that mean it’s
summer or wintertime? So one thing that we aim for at ABI
is for clients to emerge from
post-traumatic amnesia, which is a period after an injury in
which someone is unable to make new
memories. And a big part of that is just going
over those key facts of what’s the
date, ‘um, how old are you, where are you
right now, what city are you in? ‘Um, so that’s all the information
I was reviewing with Terry, to just
help his emergence from that state.’ Looks like I’m kind of bothering him
and I’m keeping— I continue to talk
to him. I’m just trying to get him to
keep that engagement with me,
keep attending to me. So today’s Monday.
Monday’s s’posed
to be work day, yes. Monday’s a work day?
S’posed to be, yes.
Yeah, that’s right. She went back to take care
of the dog kennel.
Yeah, thank you. Yeah. People may start
to make new memories, they may start to hold on to new
information, and we’ll start to
give them that information, because try to be as open and as
honest with our clients as possible. So we may tell them about their
accident, but they may need to be
told multiple times. They may need to be told
multiple times in a day. Do you know what month
you were born in?
Yes. Oh… Terry?
(SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) No, you were born in April. OK. Shona Lees is Terry’s
occupational therapist. While he’s in this state, all the
therapists working with Terry are
essentially doing the same work — trying to bring him
to the here and now. Can you tell me what you
do for a living, Terry? (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) Are you a truck driver?
No. You’re not?
I think you are. Terry? Terry? At the moment, Terry is in what
we call post-traumatic amnesia, which is a stage which he is unable
to actually be orientated to where
he is or what he’s doing. He’s quite confused
and quite agitated. He won’t know where he is. He won’t
recognise probably familiar people. He’s talking a lot of words over and
over again. They’re not making sense
to us. They may be making sense to him
from before the injury. It’s too early for us to actually
say what the outcome will be for
on Monday the 16th. READS: ‘Awesome day today, Te Kaha.
You’re a true Shinobi warrior. ‘Your feats today are eating;
1.5kg weight on in a week; ‘seven minutes in a tilt table; ‘your cast off after five days
straight. You did it, man. ‘TK looks at people
when they talk to him. ‘TK can identify an object, uh, ‘out of two to three objects ‘and place the object on a place.’ Can you tell me
(SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)? INDISTINCT CHATTER Yeah, I think— Yeah. It’s now six months
since his car crash. TK is working on his memory recall
and concentration. So, what we kind of want you guys to
do is just pick an article from the
newspaper, and we’ve got some printed ones
floating round as well. Try and find something
that interests you. Um, and we’ll give you a bit of a
summary sheet that you can write
down some of the key information. If you wanna have a look…
So we’ll start with that one, eh? Have a look at the title and see
if it’s something that you might
be interested in reading about. Oh, yeah, I’ll read this —
one-punch kill. You wanna read that one?
CHUCKLES: Yeah, one-punch kill. The newspaper group is where, um, we
encourage people to work on a whole
range of cognitive skills. So it may be that a person is
having to concentrate in quite
a distracting environment; they’re having to use strategies to
process the information that they’re
reading. Mine’s in Invercargill. Cool.
And, um, a man got killed by getting punched. Mm-hm.
And, um— and John killed Matthew. Oh, John— John went to prison
for… 22 weeks. 22 months.
Oh, months, yeah. 22 months. And, um— And, uh… Matthew’s family was distraught. (LAUGHS) MAN SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY>
MAN CONTINUES SPEAKING>TK knows he’s reading a rather sad
article, and yet his reaction is
completely inappropriate. (CONTINUES CHUCKLING) (CONTINUES CHUCKLING) If he’s going to go out in the
community, they need to train
him out of this. All right. We might just
take some big deep breaths.>
(CONTINUES LAUGHING) Try and relax a wee bit.>
(CONTINUES LAUGHING) (CONTINUES LAUGHING) So, they might rapidly burst out
into laughter in a situation that’s
not particularly funny. I was just laughing too much. I was just having a good time, and they tell me,
‘That’s wrong to do.’ It’s just a little bit
interruptive at the moment. Yeah, it’s in— in— interrup— Interrupting, yeah.
Uh, it’s interrupting other people. We’ll just hang out for a couple of
minutes and then head back through
when you’re ready. (CHUCKLES SOFTLY, LAUGHS) Since my accident,
everything makes me laugh, and it’s really bad, but it’s
really good at the same time. I mean, it’s bad where— if I’m
in a job— (CHUCKLES) ever in a
job interview. (LAUGHS) Sorry. If I’m in a job interview, like, and I start laughing,
(CHUCKLES) cos— CHUCKLES: cos the guy’s
making me laugh. (LAUGHS) I just wouldn’t know what to do. I’ll just be sitting there— I’ll be
like, ‘Don’t you find this funny,
mate?’ (CHUCKLES) (LAUGHS) Oh. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. OK. Let’s go.
I’m sorry. Deep breath, TK, OK? It’s OK.
Yeah, I know. I’ll tell you what, you’re probably
just a bit hot, cos it’s quite a
lovely day today. Nah, nah, I’m not that hot. I tried not to laugh,
but I couldn’t help it. (CHUCKLES) You don’t even have to do anything.
You can just be walking out of my
room, and I’ll think it’s funny. Like, anything a little bit funny, it just makes me laugh. Cos I’m really a pirate. That’s what
I like to tell people (CHUCKLES) —
that I’m a pirate. And, um, you know, I gotta keep with the times. And, uh, you know, I’m a pirate. I’ve never really been on a boat,
but I like to say I’m a pirate. What’s your dream, though?
Oh, my dream is, um, to buy a boat
and sail the world. Yeah. Yeah, (SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)
You hungry yet, mate?
Yes. Ready for tea?
Yes. This is the second time Terry’s
family have dealt with the aftermath
of a major car accident. Terry’s oldest son, Kevin,
was hit by a car when he was 16. He also endured
traumatic brain injury. 14 years on, his father’s accident
is gut-wrenchingly familiar. Having been through this
once before, Terry’s family know there is a long
way to go before he’s anything like
the guy they once knew. It was, like, the frustration, like, with myself, that I couldn’t— couldn’t do stuff, and, you know,
Dad’s gonna have to go through it. (SOBS SOFTLY)

Cesar Sullivan

100 thoughts on “Broken Part 1: Living with a Brain Injury

  1. I got 1 in the family my father had his accident way back 2007 he was recovered but definitely not full recovery at all and the feeling is mutual with these families. if you see my father he is normal physically but it's affected his attitude he is not the same man. the way he acts its like a 5 year old boy in a 64 year old body. he's very inquisitive. he doesn't even know lots of things and forgets doing his usual habbit in every day life. we have to monitor him 24/7. we know if he just knew what was is he doing right now he's going to say sorry for my actions and thanks for all the cares and sacrifices that you have done for me for so many years right now… I this kind and loving and caring mother who supports my father through this bad times in our lives. GOD BLESS THESE FAMILIES!!! I know exactly what you feel guys believe me… keep on fight and just hang on!!! we can make it for them 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

  2. I also suffered a TBI 3 years ago in a car accident which wasn't my fault. When I got out of my car to ask the other driver if she was alright, all she said was "Do my parents have to find out? . It tears me up that here I am 3 years later struggling to keep my life and family together whilst fighting insurance companies and their sham doctors who love to say "all mild brain injuries heal in 3-12 months" or "this man presented very professionally. There's nothing wrong with him" . I got to the point where suicide looked viable and I ended up attempting. It's really hard to accept and Kegan's excerpt jerked tears out of my eyes because I know that feeling all too well.
    There's hope for everyone when proper treatment and supports are put into place. Never give up!

  3. Im suffering with brain injuries.
    I had numerous head trauma's as a child but doctors havent bothered with any tests or exams.
    It's destroyed my life but people just treat me like I can't be bothered or have mental difficulties.

  4. This clip is great for spreading awareness for brain injury. If you want another blog about brain injury, visit my new channel where I talk about my future brain operation, and tell me what you think 🙂

  5. I was in a terrible car wreck in which I acquired traumatic brain injury as well but for some reason the results were less than his

  6. i would recomend high doses fish oil from whole foods and oxygen concentrator for brain injury

  7. I am working on my 4th year of TBI recovery;I remember the accident, I was awake during the surgery. It was so weird to feel the drill and my brain being wiggled around. When I woke up I had to relearn everything from walking to talking. It has been challenging re-learning everything; never give up. You have to be strong for yourself but there are a lot of good people out there to help as you will need it. The hardest part is accepting the things that I once did are to risky now so I am learning to adapt to how life is now finding different ways to do things.

  8. I had a head injury and it was a mild concussion. I could find no one who would take me seriously. I just don't understand why there is not rehab help for those with lesser level head injuries-and no health professional seems to have any answers. ( I told my doctor again about my symptoms this is almost 2 years post injury, and she said the health care system is imperfect.) I was told by a sports doctor, that my symptoms were normal, 6 months post head injury. He told me if I was actually a dancer or an athlete of some sort he would help me, but since I was not a top level athlete he had nothing for me. I am heart broken pretty much to miss that aspect of my life. It mostly affects my ability to exercise, which was a huge and beloved part of my life. Seeing people who are so much worse off than I am really pulls at my heart strings. A life derailed. Having a good attitude I guess is all you can do. To dwell on the positive. Honestly, not there are not enough tears I could cry for all of those suffering from a head injury.

  9. someone needs to tell that boy to stop being sorry for laughing. What he's holding in his hand is a Secret. He's holding what he can't explain in his right hand. look at the look of playful mischief in his eyes. That poor young man is being patronized

  10. I had a brain injury , I got hit by a car and when the police got there they thought I was dead, if anyone sees this who has a brain Injury, believe me it's hard to recover and it does take a long time , my injury was only 5 months ago and I still have half the skull missing in a bone bank , but people can get better from it , if people do see this then hopefully you get better soon

  11. I only hope my older sister can come this far if anyone can help her GoFundMe page is under Ellie's Tragedy thanks.

  12. Keep laughing TK, it's nothing wrong with being happy. Laughing is the best therapy there is we all need a good laugh. 🙂

  13. I really feel for these guys I suffered a brain trauma back in 1995 motorcycle accident lost my sense of smell , taste and all my hair not been well since that day , other than the loss of hair I look well but never feel well always fatigued never sleep well doctors are next to useless tried all kinds of medication but unfortunately there's no cure for brain injury so little is known about it

  14. I have brain injury, if you speaking too fast i cant understand you but i can understand just little bit, yeah i know that's the problem

  15. TBI survivor here, I was also 22. I'm 24 now. Mine was different because I lost my dad, and a lot of people think that because I speak well (most of the time) that I'm no longer injured.

    The anxiety and tremors are bad. I'm glad that they are showing so many different cases. I'm going to share this with my TBI group.

  16. What a amazing mother! She lived in a truck by the rehab clinic, they should have let her live in his room, here in Colorado that would be ok, one person limit with patient, the recliner chairs in room are very comfortable to sleep in.

  17. Asking for prayers for my Brother Jesse who is currently in intensive care after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury from falling down about 25 steps onto a concrete basement floor at my parents house. He also suffered many broken bones, a bruised lung and lacerated liver. We found out today he has pneumonia and a UTI, so he is not doing well right now at all. Any prayers for Jesse and also for our Mom who is so upset and struggling with this would be so appreciated! If you are not a believer i completely respect that and would still take some well wishes to hopefully show my Brother one day! Thank you so much! ❤❤❤❤❤

  18. I'm dealing with post concussion syndrome right now and it's horrible, it's a battle every day I wake up. I can't believe that boxing did this to me, the sport that I love. I just hope there could be more treatments in the future for TBI and Concussions.

  19. This was amazing to watch. I suffered a TBI when I was a child that registered the same level on the coma scale as the woman cyclist, I was not expected to live let alone be a normal functioning person, however I recovered about as well as the truck driver's son, just minor screw ups in speech that aren't necessarily alarming along with minor motor skill challenges. It's amazing to see what could have been and its amazing to see such good programs offered to those suffering and recovering.

  20. TBI vision issues? look up Prism Eyeglasses with Dr. Debby Feinberg in Michigan 🙂 ~ sincerely, a TBI person

  21. I feel your pain… my girlfriend is in ICU at the moment, day 4.. brain injury… not sure what to expect or what will happen… very hard time for the family.. a split second changes your whole life.

  22. Life is brutal !! have a brain injury that was misdiagnosed for years hoping that i can make a recovery forming new neurons . but damn people cannot understand how hard it is for me to put together a thought………

  23. Bless you m8 keep going I to have brain injury had to learn everything again walking talking watch our video on headway nottingham uk we have been short listed for film award hope we win to get message out there keep going good luck takecare x

  24. I was hit with a baseball 98mph fast ball by didi gregorius when i was 10 i have ptsd and tbi

  25. But i have one question why is it called broken? Yes like my my brain injury and skulls in 28 pieces but they arnt broken it should be called hope or something?

  26. I've lived with a TBI for 40 years and life has been a BITCH! That lady describing the eye problem of that survivor, describes one of my problems throughout my life after the accident.

  27. I'm so sorry that you all have to fight so hard everyday. I know at times it has to be so tiring, upsetting and hard but I hope you guys never give up. I pray for the best for you all. And Eltje, I pray you get to ride your bike again!!!

  28. This is why we must thank our creator for each normal day that he gives us on this earth and live it to its fullest and happiest and help others in whatever small way we can

  29. Per chance an appliance could be engineered to mitigate his compromised brain function and improve his poor diction. Cheers!

  30. I was thrown through a windshield at 80 mph, then back in the car and out the door. I feel alone and honestly believe humanity is stupid, as a whole and we are being dumbed-down everyday.

  31. I cant help but to think, If it were me and I turned out unable to be "normal" or take care of myself, I wouldnt want to live period. Why don't we put people down? Like I said, Not those who want to live, but those who have no clue what is going on, why keep them around? If you would not want to live, why make them?

  32. When you sustain brain injury,are you able to recover cause i have been living with it for 10 years and i wonder if i will ever totally recover???

  33. I suffered a traumatic brain injury. Took me 4yrs to recover. Learning to talk,walk,eat.shave, breath etc. Was in a coma for 1 month. You never recover fully. I use to very athletic but now I can't even run anymore. It was caused by a assault.

  34. So difficult for me to watch without tears…I hope & pray these brave people can go on to live their lives with dignity & pleasure…I have such a longing to wrap my arms around Eltje, to hug & somehow comfort her…Such heartbreaking stories…

  35. The man said exactly why he's laughing…just having a good time and you tell him not to laugh but if he's was crying and you asked him why he was crying and he said I'm sad then this would be acceptable? Let the man laugh. My gosh leave him alone.

  36. OMG when the woman said "I' find that life has lost it's shine" I lost it. 🙁 Poor lady. She is so strong!! She touched my heart. God please touch and help these people!!

  37. I was a car accident that rolled. I ended up in the back seat upside down. I was able to crawl out of the car and all I could feel was a scratch on my ankle. Since I didn't feel nothing was wrong. I went home.. I found out years later that I have a crushed vertebrae. I do get neck aches but I thought is was due to strain. I was lucky to get out with that. The car was totaled. If I had my seat belt on I would have been crushed. The driver's seat was crushed down to the floor. I was thrown to the back. It was a miracle I came out of that with just what I have. Sometimes a seat belt can be your death. I am proof.

  38. This makes me think of the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, who spent his life studying brain injuries, and how tiny imperfections and blockages affected extremely specific functions.

  39. Watching this makes me realize how grateful I am that I've gone through five awful awful head injuries that are considered TBIs. I couldn't talk or write for the longest time. One of the kind of places would've been nice during that time. It started to get better, but now everything is getting worse again but I'm still fighting it.
    Edit: it makes me grateful that i wasn't harmed this severely. But it's still hard when people act like nothing could have happened because I look normal. But because of what has happened everyone assumes that I'm on drugs though. That hurts more than anything else.

  40. Living with a brain injury myself I can tell you this was hard for me to watch, i cried so hard. I have an 8 year old son that is struggling so bad with the injuries i live with, In Canada there is almost no help for him and myself, since 2016 we have had no support. The struggles are brutal.

  41. I have a TBI It is an everyday struggle it is not what people say. Moving my body is a struggle. Using my brain IS a struggle. It is the hardest thing on earth to live with.

  42. I had a TBI 18 years ago . I had a fall down some concrete stairs and hit my head on the corner of one . I had a skull fracture with a subdural hematoma . The same injury that killed Natasha Richardson . To this day I don’t know how I survived . My insurance company denied burr hole surgery to take the pressure off my brain and basically I was sent home to die . I slept on a mattress on the floor for over a year because of vertigo and falls . I lost my sense of taste and smell and was horribly depressed for a long time . I’ve survived though and even though my life has drastically changed it’s better now than I could have ever hoped it would be . I still have dizzy spells and horrible migraines and fatigue but I’m so much better . I was diagnosed with occipital neuralgia in 2017 from the injury to my neck in the fall and it has presented new obstacles to overcome but I’ve lived to see my two wonderful grandsons be born and change my world in the best way possible . They are 7 and 5 and are my life . I was able to go back to work five years after my injury helping mentally challenged adults and I was able to do that until 2010 . I am disabled now and unable to work but I’m living the best life I can possibly do . All I want anyone to know that’s suffered a TBI is it does get better , no it will never be the same but you find other ways to compensate for it . Live and love your life , do your best . That’s all anyone can ask of you . Try and be happy and find meaning in your life . I wish everyone dealing with this peace and love and joy ❤️

  43. Went to school with tk was a awesome dude man. He was in my older brothers year nothing but good things to say about him. 100% he will come back from this you’re the man tk!

  44. Bummer that his brain is quite a bit of a mess, but at least now every bit is a jolly-good bit of humour. Cheers!

  45. It broke me heart when my 25 year old son asked me "Mummy, what grade am I in?", because he'd heard his room mate's head injury described as a grade 4 TBI.

  46. I’m living with a traumatic brain injury as well.
    It’s hart breaking to see how they fight, they’re sadness . It makes med sad on there behalf.
    Luckily most off the time I forget my own terrible pain, frustration and deep sorrow , and then again… I don’t forget. I wish i could

  47. I think its great that he laughs. I've died before and had an NDE and I laughed so much at everything for years after. I never had a brain injury. Let the guy laugh. Life should be laughed at because it's all fake. What's real is what happens after you die.

  48. These caretakers are the best people ever 👍🌻
    If only I could've finished CNA school this is what I could've done.

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