About 1.7 million people in America sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. These injuries can cause permanent disability to survivors and the road to recover is often long and difficult. Yet, many survivors find that a support network is hard to come by. One young man has set out to change this, and has launched a site that will provide information and discussion forums for survivors of traumatic brain injuries.
The young man suffered from a traumatic brain injury in a rollover car accident last year. Part of his skull had to be removed because the swelling was so severe, and doctors initially feared that he would live in a vegetative state. His recovery continues and he still struggles with memory and motor problems as he takes steps towards becoming independent again.
One year later, the man is walking with assistance and has launched the website on the anniversary of the accident.
His family says that after his accident they heard a lot of bad news from doctors but didn't have access to a support community where they could discuss their fears and hear success stories. The man created the site so that he could connect with other TBI survivors and share stories and support.
"You can talk to people who have survived and going through the same problems you have," Black said. "And it helps you out real good to know there are people going through the same things you are."
These types of communities are often a very important part of the recovery process for people suffering from permanent disabilities and severe injuries.
Source: WFFA News, "Accident survivor creates support community for traumatic brain injury," Janet St. James, May 29, 2012.