by Linda W. Arms
Seven years ago today I was fine. I felt I had reached a new peak personally, professionally, physically and mentally. I was having a wonderful time with my daughter on a long weekend to ski and enjoy the mountains. Little did I know my life would change drastically the following morning. Every plan I had for the future ended. I became one of the estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. who sustain a TBI annually. I did not know what a brain injury could do to a person. I could not easily accept some of what I heard from someone who had a brain injury several years before. I did not “get it” like so many people around us. Now I understand. A brain injury changes your life, it affects the people around you. Many of us carry this invisible injury with us forever. Now I want everyone to understand TBI and understand the importance of brain care.
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. Recently I decided it was time to share what I learned and have created a web site to promote awareness of brain injury, provide resources to those living with TBI and to educate about good brain health. This growing project is also a step in my recovery to participate in the world more fully and make a contribution.