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Hope for TBI Awareness

After my brain injury in 2006, my husband and I looked for answers on how to recover from a brain injury.    There was not a lot of good information about TBI and treatment options.     As we looked for answers, even among my medical providers, we realized that TBI treatment and recovery was a challenge.

I am hopeful, however, that things are changing since 1 out of 5 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with a brain injury, and since the NFL and hockey teams are being challenged by players who have experienced brain injuries.     Because of them, we are seeing more TBI research and more awareness campaigns.   The US military has FINALLY acknowledged TBI and PTSD as a problem among returning veterans.   The sporting world is recognizing the dangers their players face when heads are injured.   But even with this new attention and awareness, brain injury is way behind in research and funding.   The TBI awareness campaigns just don’t get the attention compared with heart disease, breast cancer and other diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually.

Of them:

  • 52,000 die,
  • 275,000 are hospitalized, and
  • 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department.
  • TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
  • About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
  • Direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.

People still do not understand a brain injury until it happens to them or someone close to them.    People often believe someone with a brain injury is faking it.    Much more needs to be done for TBI.    March is TBI awareness month but comes and goes with little notice by most.   This needs to change.


3 Responses to “Hope for TBI Awareness

  1. Dolly Gordon

    Thank You Mina Kitty ~ I love the idea of the ‘Brain Fairy’….. Fairies always give us hope 🙂
    I just passed my 17th anniversary as a survivor. 5 years ago I moved far away from my PTSD triggers…but now find myself without assistance. Lots of research but no answers. I hope inreading your blog I will find a few answers . I know I am not alone…. but it the lack of compassion of others that upsets me and then I realize ‘Well, they don’t know you have a TBI’… I’m with you and Joanne ….. I can write something and repeat…re-rea and spell correct but still pass right bythe repeat….hahahah Harmless compared to the missing a few stairs or my newly acquired ‘extreme lack of patience’ . Be well…….and Thank You for reaching out ……… XO

  2. Joanne

    I am enjoying your blog. I had to laugh because there are a couple of instances where you’ve repeated yourself very nearly word for word in the same post. I see this in my own writing. PBI (pre-brain-injury, as my boss referenced the old me), I could track my own writing, spell every word, remember the definition of words, etc. Now with my broken brain, I often find the middle of a sentence missing, what started out present tense may end up past tense. I am sure you know exactly what I mean.

    • Mina K.

      Boy I really have to watch that. I read and re-read before I post. I know I spoke that way a lot a few years ago. I was told I keep repeating myself. Thanks for your comment. I laugh sometimes too.

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