Surviving TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury is the invisible injury. Society fears it, education is limited, caregivers are frustrated and survivors are struggling. Traumatic Brain Injury is a life sentence for those affected. The public needs to be aware of these silent citizens that live among us.

Brain Injury occurs in approximately 1.4 million Americans per year. 210,000 are residence of Florida. Coping with brain injury provokes a profound emotional response not only for the survivors but also for family, friends and community. Brain injury survivors suffer memory loss, sudden outburst, emotional confusion, judgment and physical handicaps.

March 22, 2006 one phone call changed our lives forever. Our son had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. When arriving at the hospital the staff informed us he was in a coma and had suffered Traumatic Brain Injury. Our first response was when will he wake up and what operations will be needed to repair the damage to the brain. The doctors and staff began to inform us there is no telling when or if he will wake up and Traumatic Brain Injury is a permanent injury The doctors use a expression damage done. After one year of hospitalization we returned home. To my surprise we were entering a world that didn’t understand the physical and emotional changes of our life. We suffered many years alone feeling like outcast in our own community. Our minds revolve around one issue Brain Injury and for our society this is an issue rarely discussed. Our family became involved with a support group that changed our lives. We realized we are not alone!

Over 210,000 survivors alone suffer with TBI are in Florida. 5,180 of which are Pasco County residents. This is too large of a chorus not to be heard. The Brain Injury Associal of Florida (BIAF) gives us the resources we need to get in contact with support groups in our area, prepare us, educate the families and give emotional support for all those living with TBI. This organization is critical in the livening with this injury. Incorporating the community into these discussions will better educate them on the disabilities survivors are face with on a daily basis.

Brain injury was the last thing on our minds until it became the only thing on our minds. I would like to encourage our community of public officials, police and fire workers, school officials and students to attend support group meetings to educate yourself from the true teachers the SURVIVORS

Michele Molinaro

I have been a business owner for over 25 years but can say for the first time; “I own my business it doesn’t own me.” I have traded in my Brick and Mortar for a Click and Order. This gives me financial and time freedom. My business is operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week with no employees. I wake up when I am done sleeping and am able to work anywhere in the world there is a WiFi connection.

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  1. MaryLeaux says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. How is your son doing now?

    • Hi MaryLeaux life is a challenge we have good days and bad, but we are grateful to have our family. Thank you for asking. Have a beautiful day

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