Recovery from a TBI involves personal commitment and a tremendous amount of time, along with contributions from family and friends. The most important part in most of these cases begins with caregivers – whom I consider angels.
My exposure to brain injury has been a journey in education and life lessons. Connected to the brain injury community by circumstance, coincidence, and the universe speaking (loudly) for the past few years, I’ve learned some things.
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.” September 4, 1982 was the day Mike “Pedal Monster” Heikes left his caterpillar life forever and began his wild adventure as someone who survived a TBI.
"Life and living is the very definition of surviving. It is what the living do. Definitions are meant to change. Able to change. For the brain injured, begging to change. What does it mean to you to have survived?"
Artists may see the world differently from most people, but for artist Ginny Ruffner, especially after her brain injury, thinking about thinking, thinking about wonder and how the mind creates and is endlessly fascinating.
"For the brain injured, for anyone needing to restart their lives after all of their normal has been stripped, the Olympics provide a serious, wonderful, hopeful dose of what is possible in each of us."
Have you ever dreamt that you were terrified, you screamed, but nothing came out? Imagine you are paralyzed, too. You can’t shield your face with your hands or run away, but you see, hear, and understand everything coming at you.
“Water Under the Bridge” was written by Jeff Shattuck after he sustained a brain injury. It is sung by Eryn Young. Guitars are the work of Tim Young. Bass is Sam Bevan and drums are Andy Korn. Everything was recorded by Jaime Durr at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco. Used by permission. For more information on Jeff Shattuck and his music, go to Cerebellumblues.squarespace.com.Transcript of this Video.