At TryMunity we know that as an invisible injury, a brain injury can cause isolation and even, in some instances, abandonment. That is why we want to support Brain Injury Awareness Month with the focus on making sure survivors know that they are not alone.
Many people are unaware of how far reaching Brain Injuries are, so let’s start with some eye opening facts taken from BrainTrauma.org:
Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury in the USA
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44.
- Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home.
- Every year, approximately 52,000 deaths occur from traumatic brain injury.
- An estimated 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports-related TBIs occur each year.
As you can see, brain injuries are all around us and most of the time we are completely unaware of them. One of the biggest struggles that many brain injury survivors face is the fact that they look “completely normal”, but the injury is there and can be severely debilitating nonetheless. The life of a brain injury survivor can go from one day being able to multitask and run a business or a department, to the next day when they can’t remember what the next task for the day was supposed to be; or they could speak clearly and easily and now it is a daily struggle to put together a sentence. In more severe cases, it could be that they were able to walk and run and now are confined to a wheelchair because their brain can’t tell their legs what to do. Brain injury survivors need to know that they are #NotAloneinBrainInjury as they struggle to regain the lives that seem lost to them.
Caregivers of Brain Injury Survivors need support too
It is not just the brain injury survivor that needs to know that they are not alone, it is also their loved ones and care givers. A brain injury does not just change one person; it changes their loved ones as well. Those that love and care for brain injury survivors often times go from a “normal” life to a life that is dictated by the needs of their loved one including medical visits, tracking medications, responsibility for getting medical bills paid and, in some cases, dealing with a loved one that now has uncontrollable moods swings and/or anger outbursts. For the loved ones and caregivers of a brain injury survivor, their everyday life is confusing, stressful, exhausting and sometimes frightening. Top that off with the worry they have for the wellbeing of their loved one and you have a person that desperately needs to know that they are not alone!
There is a good chance that you know someone that is struggling with some level of a brain injury and, since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, take some time to learn how you can help. TryMunity.com is an organization that was put into place to support brain injury survivors and their loved ones and is a place where others can help with that support. TryMunity’s is there for those coping with Brain Injury: “Our ultimate message is to let you know that there is hope. Even if you’re struggling with brain injury, the one thing that you simply must do is keep your hope alive.”
“TryMunity is a support-based network for individuals who have suffered from a brain injury, as well as their caregivers, medical professionals, and more. Our goal is to provide the best in educational resources, stories of hope and love, and inspirational articles, survivor videos and links for those who know what it’s like to live with a brain injury….” To learn more on how to connect with the TryMunity network or to discover ways you can help, please go to www.TryMunity.com. Also, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Trymunity?ref=hl. We here at TryMunity want you to know that you are not #NotAloneinBrainInjury.