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?

Mark’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | November 8, 2017

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is a long, but not impossible process. Before my injury, I was working in retail management; I had a girlfriend, and had previously been active in the military. One afternoon, I was on the balcony of my girlfriend’s house, standing on a ladder painting, and a family member (who…

Anne’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | November 8, 2017

The words I have a brain injury are the hardest to say. Before my injury, I owned my own business for 30 years called Taylor Made for You: a premiere gift basket company.  I was a very active mother of 2 boys and had recently begun dating again. On May 15, 2013, while in bed,…

Carolyn’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | October 4, 2017

Carolyn’s story of brain injury. Before my injury, I was active in my role as a busy mom and wife.  I was enjoying the last bit of my maternity leave before I was to report back to work as a dietician at University of Richmond. When our youngest son woke up in the middle of…

Robert’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | October 4, 2017

Curious as to what brain injury looks like? Please allow me to take you back to a different time; the year 1998 to be exact. That was when my life turned upside down in 3 seconds! I had just finished graduating a year early from high school, had college scholarships, my soccer jersey was retired,…

Kelly’s Story

By carsen | June 28, 2017

November 27, 2001 started out as a ‘normal’ day. After school, my oldest daughter, Hannah had her first Nutcracker rehearsal. On the way there, my youngest daughter, Olivia asked to listen to a CD. The girls were singing along…and that is all I remember. I can describe our accident only through witness testimony: On a…

Mac’s Story

By carsen | June 28, 2017

In 2001, Mac Fedge was a sophomore at Virginia Tech, home on fall break; on Saturday morning, he told his parents he’d been invited to attend classes at the London School of Economics and The Hague. On Saturday afternoon, an SUV tried to illegally pass another vehicle, and, instead, ran head-on into Mac’s small compact…