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It Can Strike Anyone at Any Time

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Excerpt of Article by Jim McBride | U~T San Diego

A snowboarder crashes face first on an icy slope. A teenage driver is in a violent car accident. A middle age man walks past a construction zone, slips, falls and his head hits the concrete. A Marine in a war zone is hit with shrapnel from a roadside bomb. These individuals sustained traumatic brain injuries and their recovery may take months, years or a lifetime. They’ll all need help.

A brain injury to a loved one is like an explosion in a family. Everyone is thrown into confusion or disarray. They must deal with fear, the unknown and anger. There can be marital stress, job-related issues, legal or financial problems and more. After insurance runs out, or progress from rehabilitation becomes difficult to see, or physicians say they’ve done all they can do, the traumatized families are left to cope on their own. Spouses, parents and siblings may have to become caregivers while they are grieving.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.7 million people experience a TBI in the United States each year.

Brain injuries can occur at any time without warning, and often require highly specialized treatment, including long-term rehabilitation.

Any injury to the brain can affect the way people walk, talk and think. Depending on severity, there can be severe physical and emotional problems. TBI can cause seizures, impaired memory or judgment, difficulty speaking, confusion, impulsiveness, depression, mood swings, loss of motor control and coordination, vision problems, difficulty concentrating, partial paralysis or weakness, chronic pain and more.

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Thanks to Jim McBride for wiring the article; U~T San Diego for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text in this post.

McBride is the father of a brain-injured daughter and a member of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “It Can Strike Anyone at Any Time”

  • Eileen Randall says:

    The brain can be retrained. May take a long long time to recover, but sometimes it can be done!

    • Scott says:

      Eileen, I agree with you. The trick is to implement the best “therapy” for each individual person given the nature of their adversity. ~ Scott


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.