Riding the Storm Out
Riding the Storm Out -On a cool afternoon in 1994 on a not so rocky mountain winter day I unknowingly chose to accept the challenge of a lifetime and that was living life with a TBI. My life as I knew it, ended but I didn’t die. I didn’t even know anything, ) about brain injury, I thought people just died, as in-game over.
How is that even possible you ask?
You got to take everyday as it comes and accept it as it come because nothing is normal with a brain injury anymore. Everything happens in the new normal. When somebody tells you that some things are no longer possible. This happened to me and took it as a personal challenge just to prove them wrong, works for me.
I proposed to my wife while still in the hospital, she said yes, got married a year later and still am married to her 20 years later. Had a baby who is now 13 years old that I am an involved stay at home dad for. I coached youth sports when he was younger but am now standing back a half step and am letting him develop his own persona and am still questioning him on his decisions along the way. I like to thing that my presence as a stay at home dad at that time only bolstered the way a stay at home dad was perceived in the media, i never let on about my head injury until I needed to get involved with something again. I was still (and always will be) a stay at home dad but needed a new cause to support, so I picked brain injury.
Not a glamorous topic I know, but after carefully studying my life and what i have done for the brain injury community it was a no-brainier to pick brain injury. ( used to work as a brain injury advocate at out Colorado Brain Injury (at that time) association but now alliance. I have also spoken publicly at the International Brain Injury Day function in Washington DC about my life as a family leader as a brain injured dude to a room full of survivors and family advocates thanks to my training as a certified Colorado Family Leader. I also spoke with our Colorado legislature and continued funding for the Colorado Brain injury Trust Fund, which did happen by the way.
Mike is not a TBI doctor, he is just an advocate for traumatic brain injury. He offers his advice on brain injury from a survivors perspective and it is up to you to take or ignore his advice. Meaning he is not responsible in any way for your actions. He offers his advice for free on the world wide web and you should take it as such, cheap advice.