I was diagnosed with what is known as Traumantic Brain Injury (TBI) following a car accident in March 2000.
I was stopped at a red light when I was rear-ended by a truck whose driver was looking down at the floor of the truck searching for a cell phone battery that he had dropped.
The years march on but more than a decade later I still suffer from problems and challenges on a daily basis. But I am a lucky survivor.
TBI is an invisible illness.
This invisible illness can be devastating to the victim as well as family and friends. In my experience, most doctors do not have a clue about TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
An insult to the brain caused by a direct blow to the skull via closed or open head injury.
Results of TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI can result in:
- cognitive impairments,
- physical impairments,
- emotional impairments, or
- behavioural impairments.
TBI impairments can, and often do, lead to permanent or temporary changes in functioning.
Every Traumatic Brain Injury is unique
No two persons can expect the same outcome or resulting difficulties.
The brain controls every part of human life: physical, intellectual, behavioral, social and emotional.
When the brain is damaged, some part of a person's life will be adversely affected.
Consequences of ABI often require a major life adjustment around the person's new circumstances, and making that adjustment is a critical factor in recovery and rehabilitation.