A Crash Course in Memory Loss

2013-1021 Meg CrashNo matter how we received our brain injuries, our stories of recovery usually have at least two facts in common — 1) we have forgotten some portion of our past and 2) the things we cannot remember are adversely affecting us at work, home, and/or school. Our friendships and relationships suffer because we forget to do things and we double- or triple-book events. The following video reveals much more than the story of a college student who lived through a crash that killed some of her friends and almost killed her. The video is also a story about the challenges of recovering from brain injury and memory deficits.

Click this link to watch the short video.

Meg TheriaultSome people think that it would be impossible to live though such a horrific crash. Some people might even suggest that a person who lived through such a devastating crash would never recover. Anyone who would make such awful statements clearly doesn’t believe in the power of motivation, determination, or perseverance — and they certainly don’t know Meg Theriault.

Your Turn

  • What caused your memory deficit (collision, tumor, seizure, stroke, sports, etc.)?
  • How is the memory deficit affecting you (work, home, school, friends, etc.)?
  • What memory compensation tools work for you (notes, recordings, other)?
  • Are you using all the memory compensation tools available (yes, no, not sure)?
  • If you are not using all of the tools available to you, what is the obstacle?
  • How may I help?

Thanks to Wendy for sharing the video, AOL for hosting the video, ABC News Center 5 (WCBV) for covering the story,  Meg Theriault  for sharing her story with the world, and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the pictures and video in this post.


  1. Hard to believe she survived from seeing the video. While this posting was put in the parlance most of us are familiar with, many of us will look at the video and see the way TBI is often erroneously portrayed. TBI, even at it’s the smallest level, is not the same as a flu-bug for example. Media sources should be saying that, instead of making it sound like it has a beginning, middle, and ending. That is what happened to me. Once I ‘graduated’ from being an outpatient, there was still lots more development on it’s way, and I just wish it had been done in a therapeutic and more tightly controlled environment that a severe head trauma mandates. Here it is, over 30-years post-trauma, and I am just getting to the neuropsychology development, albeit time limited, that was needed all along. I wish her luck in the continuation of her studies.

    1. Marlon, you mentioned a very important point — recovery generally does not occur quickly as is often portrayed in the media. I hope nobody is comparing their recovery to the recover of peope in the news, social media, or my posts. Brain injury affects each of us differently. Recovery that have taken me 10 years may take half as much time or twice as much time for another person with a similar injury. Thanks for sharing this point.

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