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Personal Stories

No two brain injuries are alike…no two stories are alike. We hear stories of miracles, courage, resilience, humor, kindness, and hope every day; we thought you should too. Life is a series of stories,and we hope you find a meaningful one here.

We would love to hear from you about your experiences!

 Please tell us about one of the following topics:

  • Tell us about how you or a love one has struggled with homelessness or being placed in an institution or nursing facility due to the lack of appropriate placement or home support options?
  • Tell us about how you or a love one has struggled to get the appropriate help for a concussion?

Jay’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | May 3, 2018

9 December, 2017 I forget my first memory  I forget the first thing I remember after my brain injury. I forget the last thing I remember before it. One day I was riding my bicycle after work. Later I was in a hospital room at MCV. With casts on. And IV’s. There’s a week in Read More »

Paul’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | May 3, 2018

The truth of the matter, if you are weak, you are in a good spot. That may sound off, but that plain fact remains, your weakness can be your strength. As a former computer guy, turned, pastor, weakness has often been my resting place. I was going to study software engineering at Auburn. Through a Read More »

Jeremy’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | March 7, 2018

On October 3, 2014, 1 week prior to my 41st birthday, a disgruntled former employee of the condominium building I managed came inside and shot me point blank. I had fired the man two months prior and he returned with all intentions of killing me. The bullet went entirely through the right side of my Read More »

Ashley’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | March 7, 2018

In 2006 I was 22 years old, a single parent raising my two children while working part-time and going to Cosmetology school full-time. I was six weeks away from graduation when one morning I woke up with severe pain in my head—absolutely indescribable. I was vomiting and the pain would not stop. Later that evening Read More »

Michael’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | February 1, 2018

Five years ago I was volunteering as a medic and firefighter for Charles City County in New Kent, VA. While driving a water truck to a house fire in Charles City, I lost control of my truck and flipped. A traumatic brain injury left me in the hospital for seven weeks until I woke up. Read More »

Geoffrey’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | February 1, 2018

Hello my name is Geoffrey Butler.  From the age 1 through 7, I was a normal kid.  Still at the age of 7, I started to have 4 types of seizures.  The worst type, called a Drop Attack Seizure, it make my whole body weak & makes me fall at any given time.  So I Read More »

Diane’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | January 2, 2018

Six years ago my strong husband suffered a heart attack. He spent a few days in the hospital and returned home. Within a week he had a cardiac arrest. This episode resulted in an oxygen deprived brain injury. He was in a coma for a week after which he finally responded to commands to wiggle Read More »

Triena’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | January 2, 2018

My name is Triena Baldwin and I received my brain injury in September 2011.  I was traveling on the interstate going to Richmond, VA.  Traffic had come to a standstill and we were coming to a stop and waiting.  There was a car driving in the opposite direction on the other side of the interstate Read More »

Bill’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | December 8, 2017

Before my car accident and brain injury, I had a busy and full life. I was an involved father of twin boys and worked professionally as a financial crimes investigator. I have no memories of the day of my injury, but based on witness and doctor accounts, I know that while travelling on highway 288, Read More »

Maralee’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | December 8, 2017

The challenges of a traumatic brain injury can be daunting. My life before my injury was full and busy! I was an elementary school teacher, group exercise instructor, and a mom! While outside at recess with my class, a student accidentally kicked a soccer ball into the back of my head. Although doctors have different Read More »