According to CNN, she was “traveling on a highway in the Blue Ridge Mountains” when her car “hit a patch of black ice, skidded across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a median.” She walked away from the accident, but a week later Lindsey Corley stated experiencing additional injuries.
The effects of brain injury largely depend on the location and severity of damage. No two injuries are exactly alike which means that the symptoms experienced by one person may be different than the symptoms experienced by another person. Although the degree of injury may vary from person to person, there are a few symptoms experienced by many brain injury survivors. My injury was the result of brain cancer and treatment of the cancer, but some of the symptoms I experienced are similar to those described by Lindsey Corley in the following video.
During her interview with CNN, Corley revealed that due to the concussion she forgot how to perform basic tasks such as:
- Brushing her teeth
- Combing her hair
- Feeding the dog
I believe that two of the most important comments made during her interview are:
- She “mistakenly thought concussions only happened to people who lose consciousness.” She did not lose consciousness, yet she had a concussion.
- She felt she could “push through the pain” and everything would get better. She was wrong.
1. True or False: It is possible to be happy while recovering from brain injury.
2. True or False: Brain injury can result from internal and external forces.
3. True or False: Concussions only occur when a person loses consciousness.
4. True or False: Getting back to normal is likely by doing nothing aside from pushing through the pain.
5. True or False: Some brain injuries cause people to forget how to perform basic tasks.
Thanks to CNN and Lindsey Corley for their contributions to this post.