Washington Post article

After traumatic brain injury, a young man’s astounding recovery

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-young-mans-astounding-recovery/2014/09/15/410ab5e8-26e6-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html?tid=sm_fb&gt;

My Response:
I also have a TBI from a car accident 17 years ago.  (Wow, 17! The anniversary accident just passed September 6) I was only 16 at the time, and was in an unconscious state and in ICU for 5 weeks at Fairfax Hospital, VA.  When I appeared to be in a more responsive stage of a coma, I was transported to Kluge Children’s Rehab Hospital in Charlottesville.  I also was in Physical, Speech, Occupational therapy there for 4 months.  I had the hardest time in physical, and sometimes even now sometimes people have a hard time understanding me.  I missed the rest of the entire school year, going to another rehab facility upon returning home from the Charlottesville hospital.  I slept at my home with my parents in Springfield while attending rehab at another hospital, Mount Vernon, to receive more therapy.   After five months, I was discharged and had outpatient physical therapy 3 times a week for another year.  I definitely know there are many differences in each individualized brain injury, how hard the road is to rehabilitation and am only thankful that my injury didn’t impact me more.  It is very uplifting to hear more success stories like mine!

About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church.
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