“In the spring of 2016, I collided head on with a semi truck. I was then life flighted, and I spent nine days in a coma. I ended up with a TBI in my frontal lobe, broken jaw and orbital bone, a feeding tube, and half collapsed lung.
I finally woke up from my coma on my birthday! I then transferred to another rehabilitation center, where I did physical, speech, and occupational therapy, and was released a few weeks later. I wasn’t allowed to walk or bathe myself, in fear I would fall and hit my head. I returned to my senior year of high school, graduated, and now I am a sophomore at college to obtain my BSN in nursing.
Brain injuries are an injury that nobody can see, so they don’t understand why you’re acting different. That is one of the hardest parts. I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go.
I hope my story gives you inspiration and drive to accomplish your dreams, because whatever obstacle is in your path, you can get past it.”
- Sam, TBI Survivor