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Whether you have sustained a brain injury or care about someone who has, taking the time to share your personal story can make a profound difference to another. Join us by engaging with others facing brain injury on the Personal Stories blog.

At Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington, D.C. last month, brain injury survivors, advocates, and caregivers described their brain injury journeys to us. Hear their stories.

 

Susan Wahl

I sustained a TBI as a result of a motor vehicle crash, at age seven. Almost six decades later I’m…

Susan Wahl

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Kelly Johnson

In 2021 (I was 49 at the time) I began experiencing mild vertigo and headaches more frequently in the back…

Kelly Johnson

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Kyler Petersen

When I was 16 in 2001, I was in a terrible 4-wheeler accident while on a scouting activity. I, like any 16-year-old,…

Kyler Petersen

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Koriander Bullard

From October of 1994 to April of 1995, I suffered four concussions in under six months from school bullying. I…

Koriander Bullard

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Mike Stolte

Introduction My name is Mike Stolte. I have lived at the same address in St. Louis Park for 54 years.…

Mike Stolte

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Payton Carter

My name is Payton Carter and I am 28 years old. On November 1, 2022, I was on my way…

Payton Carter

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My Brain Injury Journey

My name is Melissa Smith. I acquired my traumatic brain injury among many other lasting injuries when I was struck…

Melissa Smith

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Stacia Bissell

Five million people in the U.S. live with permanent, chronic, brain injury-related disabilities. I’m one of them. And it’s ongoing.…

Stacia Bissell

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Sarah Slama

There is no formal handbook to life – especially life after any injury, illness or trauma. Eleven years ago, I…

Sarah Slama

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First steps

    On November 3rd, Ralph suffered a Heart Attack. Which required open Heart surgery. His first surgery took place at…

Ralph Poland

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Linda Bucchi

Everyone’s brain injury Journey is going to be different, no two are alike! If you are lucky you may have…

Linda Bucchi

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