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Nowhere to Go

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Excerpt of Article by CBC News

A brain-injury advocate says the story of David Lecky, the man with no short term memory stuck at a Halifax emergency department, is typical of the challenges facing Nova Scotians with severe brain injuries.

Lecky has been waiting in a locked room in the Halifax Infirmary building for nearly two days. His sister, Theresa Kersey, says she can no longer take care of him.

After two serious brain injuries, Lecky has no short term memory.

Following eight months in rehab, Kersey tried to care for him at home. But when left alone, he urinated off the porch, burned her books and twice flooded the home with propane.

“I feel really badly for him,” said Leona Burkey, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia​.

As an advocate for people with acquired brain injuries, Burkey says she’s frustrated. “Lots of people are aware that there’s a problem. We’re just missing the will to do something about it.”


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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.

3 Responses to “Nowhere to Go”

  • Esther says:

    I would need to know the unique details of the disabled brothers circumstances to comment on what I might do.

    Caregivers burn out. I have learned that advocating for oneself is necessary and it is an uphill battle. Families also need support and there are limited resources (affordable housing, transportation, Social inclusion opportunities, educational,vocational transitional, and medical community services).

    • Scott says:

      Esther, the availability of resources is definitely a concern. If people want or need help, but they can’t access it, or help is not available, then we will have many survivors stuck in limbo. Thanks for sharing your comment. ~ Scott

  • Erika says:

    Old timers ….aheizmerz….how ever u spell the disease produced by gmos and other poisons feeding America

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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.