Category Archives: brain injury survivors

5 Things Every TBI Survivor Wants You to Understand

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-zellmer/5-things-every-tbi-survivor-wants-you-to-understand_b_6800984.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-zellmer/5-things-every-tbi-survivor-wants-you-to-understand_b_6800984.html and http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com   “We share what we know, so that we all may grow.” “Informing, educating, encouraging,, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring” “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many … Continue reading

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A Second Chance to Live

http://secondchancetolive.org/ The web site of a “cyberpal” in “the States” My (other Craig’s) Journey thus Far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,Part 6 and Part 7 and http://secondchancetolive.org/2015/03/06/second-chance-to-live-my-journey-thus-far-part-8-a-new-beginning/     Also see from http://www.inspiringvideo.wordpress.com PPS “Together, … Continue reading

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A doctor’s take: Jules Bianchi brain injury

A doctor’s take: Jules Bianchi brain injury | News | Motorsport.com The mechanism of injury again is a sudden deceleration injury which can cause injury in the brain in two fashions: 1) the breaking of blood vessels causing bleeding (such as … Continue reading

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A SHORT EXTRACT FROM MY BOOK ‘STIRLING’

http://www.amazon.com/Stirling-Story-Boys-Hope-Dream-ebook/dp/B00H1N6X1Y A SHORT EXTRACT FROM MY BOOK ‘STIRLING’ THE FLICKERING cine film has all the compulsive horror of the footage of the John F. Kennedy assassination. In a sickening blur of speed, the Walker Lotus 18/21 racing car leaves the … Continue reading

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How does a severe brain injury affect the individual?     How does a severe brain injury affect the individual? A severe brain injury produces physiological, cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioural changes. Some individuals develop medical problems related to specific … Continue reading

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Second Chance to Live Sharing Hope in the Face of Adversity — One Piece at a Time Read about Craig Phillips’s inspiring story Also click on http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/

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Golden Dawn (a new book)

HE WOULD NOT WAKE UP PROPERLY FOR 38 DAYS!

From: STIRLING MOSS: The Authorised Biography by Robert Edwards (Published by Cassell & Co, UK)

Stirling Moss was in a coma for 38 days in Atkinson Morley Hospital, London
And many people throughout the world prayed for the star driver’s healing… a collective appeal to Christ. Perhaps one of them was even a concerned young boy in Clovelly, Cape Town, South Africa.
Moss’s inability to speak was confusing, although the physical injuries were more familiar.
He did not immediately notice that he was effectively paralysed. The physical damage to the left side of his body was made worse by the fact he could not move it, the massive bruising his brain had received had to heal first. This would be frustrating to say the least, particularly since the extent of his injuries were not initially revealed to him. The patient assumed that he could not move because he was injured, rather than because his brain would simply not allow it. His friend, David Haynes finally revealed the truth; although it depressed Stirling, it also caused him to fight his condition harder, initially to no avail.
The neurology department closely monitored his progress. And these are the words of one occupational therapist:
“We didn’t know very much about motor racing, of course; but none of us really thought he would ever drive again – he had been so very badly hurt, but he tried so hard.”
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Second Chance to Live Sharing Hope in the Face of Adversity — One Piece at a Time Read about Craig Phillips’s inspiring story Also click on http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/ My name is Craig J. Phillips. The reason for my writing to you is … Continue reading

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What Does it Feel Like to be Brain Damaged?

It is generally accepted that people working with individuals who have any type of handicap, should have a certain amount of empathy with their clients and should strive to understand how their clients feel and think. People working with those who are brain damaged have a particularly hard time doing so. One can have some understanding of what it means to be blind by simply closing one?s eyes; yet how can a normal person understand what it feels like to be brain damaged?

I am in the unusual position of being a trained clinical psychologist who suffered brain damage and who has slowly recovered most of my facilities. In other words, I have been on the outside looking in, and also, on the inside looking out at the world of the brain damaged person. At this point in my recovery, I have a foot in both worlds, for I can remember what it felt like to be completely normal intellectually, and also what it felt like when loss of function was at its worst.

Perhaps this informal and very subjective narrative may be of some help in assisting normal people to empathize a little better with the brain damaged individual. For, unfortunately, most brain damaged people are unable to explain precisely how they feel; those who have been brain damaged since birth, of course, have never had the experience of functioning normally and thus have no standard of comparison of their present state with that of others. Continue reading

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“I have fought a hard battle, given it my best, and won far more that I or anyone else ever thought I would. I ask only that other brain damaged people be given the chance to fight their battles too, and to find out for themselves what their unique potential is.”

“I have fought a hard battle, given it my best, and won far more that I or anyone else ever thought I would. I ask only that other brain damaged people be given the chance to fight their battles too, … Continue reading

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