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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.

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    Jay’s Story

    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

    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 »

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    Jeremy’s Story

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 »

  • Mark’s Story

    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… Read more »

  • Anne’s Story

    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,… Read more »

  • Carolyn’s Story

    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… Read more »

  • Robert’s Story

    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,… Read more »

  • Kelly’s Story

    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… Read more »

  • Mac’s Story

    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… Read more »

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