Not all wounds come with stitches, wheelchairs, or casts.
Most of us ‘get’ what a broken arm or leg is. Seeing someone with a limb in a cast, we understand and appreciate his or her pain, loss of mobility, and the inconvenience of the injury.
Unfortunately, brain injury survivors don’t usually enjoy this same level of understanding. There simply hasn’t been enough education about brain injuries and they remain poorly understood, even though they are a major cause of death and disability.
It probably doesn’t help that brain injury survivors, unlike someone wearing a cast on a broken limb, can be difficult to spot in a crowd. Many suffer terrible symptoms (severe dizziness, seizures, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, and anxiety), but show no visible scars from their brain trauma. This type of ‘invisible disability’ isn’t widely recognized, and such survivors often face intolerance and skepticism in their workplaces, communities, and even within their own families.
Some brain injury survivors do present obvious physical symptoms like slurred speech, abnormal gait, partial paralysis, or tremors. But even these survivors often encounter ignorance and intolerance, and it can be an uphill climb for them to find the support they need in their daily lives.
The mission of Life Beyond Brain Injury is to educate the public about the symptoms and struggles associated with brain injury, and educate survivors about the resources available to help them achieve the fullest lives possible.
1.7 million people suffer brain injuries in the united states each year. OF THESE, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and another 1.365 million are treated and released from an emergency department. the number of people with tbi who are not seen in an emergency department or receive no care is not known. - brainline.org
Meet Tom Hapka
Tom was a thriving young IT professional with a bright future. He loved staying active and working out, and he’d recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was about to start his dream job in New York when a catastrophic chiropractic appointment shattered his life and added his name to the growing list of brain injury survivors.
For more details and to learn how you can help Tom put his life back together, please click here.
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