Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The National Institute for Neurological Disorders describes TBI as a form of acquired brain injury that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe. The symptoms are dependent on the extent of the damage to the brain.
On July 1, 2009, Chuck, a 60 year old man, who was the executive director of his community foundation program, suffered a severe TBI diagnosis when he was assaulted by a 34 year old man, who was drinking and angry about his parked car being towed. The car was located at the apartment complex across the street, from where he lived. The apartment complex belonged to Chuck. The vehicle had been parked at the complex for three months and Chuck had no identification of whom it belonged to. While Chuck and the tow truck driver made arrangements, the enraged man came over to the driveway and confronted them twice. Police were called and then left when the outraged man went home. Unknowingly it was found out after the car had been towed, that the man’s sister and mother resided in Chuck’s complex and used the car. Chuck would have never towed it had he known that information. Regrettably, before Chuck left the scene, the irate man came back a third time. He began punching Chuck in the face, and he hit his head on a brick stoop. Besides knocking out two from teeth and breaking his nose, the severe blow caused bleeding in his brain, swelling and he was comatose for 8 weeks.
The impact on a person and his friends and family is devastating. Chuck’s loving, supportive wife suddenly had her hands full. Plans they had made to move into a home together went on hold (she had been working and residing in another town), Chuck lost his job and his medical insurance was discontinued, these were just some of the challenges they had to meet.
Upon awakening from the coma, his rehab began. He was initially wheel chair bound, aphasic and amnesic, with concentration difficulties, problems reading and writing, slow processing, inadequate balance, and many other minute obscurities. The most interesting aspect of his recovery was that he found forgiveness, compassion, and a “new and improved” person within himself.
After rehab stopped, Chuck still felt that more therapy would be beneficial. Chuck and his wife researched many types of programs. His goal was to learn how to synchronize his mind with his body.
Shelley, the Director of Development for Victim Assistance, referred Chuck to my YogaReach business three months ago. After a consultation session, we began to meet and have been working on breathing techniques, gait, posture, balance, inner feelings, asanas (poses), mindfulness, relaxation and applicable ways to stage speeches. Chuck has begun to present his story to many organizations. In addition, Chuck meets with John, his personal trainer, five times a week. He also helps Auburn, his wife, compose his speeches.
Survivors of severe traumatic brain injury may display a diverse range of impairments and degree of recovery. Even with mild TBI, the consequences to a person’s life may be dramatic.
Subsequently, there are those individuals who appear to be able to take an extraordinary difficult event and somehow find the possibility to improve and surpass difficulties. Chuck is one of them.
Chuck is an honorable person who believes in himself. With his positive acceptance he will continue to encounter achievements daily.
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