Metamorphosis, Surviving Brain Injury
What happens when a creative professional sustains a life-changing injury at the apex of his career? Come with me on a journey of truly epic proportion.
At first glance, you might be tempted to think this is simply a book about recovering from a traumatic life experience, but it it so much more. A real-life tale with unexpected twists and turns, chance meetings that will truly inspire you. More
It is a story about the ability to overcome insurmountable odds with dignity and tenacity and a splash of humor. No matter what your current life circumstances may be, you'll come away with the feeling of hope... hope for the future and hope in the genuine goodness of humanity.
November 11, 2010 started as a day like most others. Little did I realize that by the time the day wound to a close, I would be rushed by ambulance to the closest trauma center. The was no sense of impending doom, no feeling of dread, nothing to foretell what the day would bring. By day's end, I would be forever changed. My very soul would be autographed by the grit and asphalt of Main Street. There is nothing pretty about a cycling accident with severe head injuries.
It is estimated that the teenage driver who broadsided me while I was cycling that fated day was speeding along at 30-40 MPH. My broken bones, torn muscles & tendons, scrapes and bruises healed with predictability. I was thrust, completely against my will into the silent and frightening world of traumatic brain injury.
A whole new world of alphabetic acronyms opened up before me. MTBI, ABI, MRI, PCS, PTSD, TBI, EEG and more. At three months post impact, my ability to speak was abruptly compromised with aphasia and a newfound stutter. Well into year two after my accident, my PTSD nightmares made nighttimes a time of torment.
But life must go on. And I am healing. Still.
The CDC estimates that 1.7 million Americans a year experience a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury has been called America's silent epidemic with just cause. Over 300,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have also come home with traumatic brain injuries.
In 2007, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff brought traumatic brain injury into the public spotlight with his best-seller In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing. The media spotlight was again cast upon brain injury through the experiences of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
I am forever changed and see the world with new eyes, with a type of vision and insight that I would not have had but for my brain injury. I laugh more. I cry at the drop of a hat. My compassion for those who struggle has increased beyond measure.