Craig Sears- A Voice for Traumatic Brain Injury (an inspirational survivors story!)

Craig Sears

Craig Sears

 

On January 8, 2013, I was fortunate to meet Craig Sears, who is a “VOICE”  for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors. Craig’s passion and commitment  to this cause are impossible to put into words.   Craig plays an important role in the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation.  To learn about this wonderful conference and The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) read my last post.

Craig is a compelling voice for all brain injury survivors.  He has dedicated his life to fighting for TBI survivors and advocating for their rights.  He wants to make sure that no one goes through what he endured.

Craig suffered a TBI when he was thrown from his motorcycle when he was twenty years old.

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Patrick Donohue, Founder od The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, with Sarah Jane and Craig Sears

To listen to Craig tell his story in his own words click below:

This is the story of Craig, as he wanted it to be published.

If you are wondering why the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and friends are devoting day and night to help children and young adults who suffer from the #1 leading cause of death and disability, please take just 5 minutes out and read my story then share your thoughts with as many people as you can.

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Hello world!

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I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new blog.

One split second can change a life forever.  Almost every day, I meet with individuals whose identities have been tragically “taken” from them from right under their feet.

My day is devoted to helping these individuals.  Everyone is equal, regardless of ethnic background, education, upbringing and profession.   You all struggle with the same losses, frustrations and isolation.

Why is there so much prejudice against people who suffer brain injury?

  • Our society fails to acknowledge and help individuals who are suffering from brain injury.
  • Brain injuries, unlike other physical injuries, are invisible. People may look good on the outside, but have significant problems dealing with every single moment of their day.
  • Brain injury is confusing to people who don’t have one. It is called the “invisible illness.”
  • Acquaintances, friends, family and co-workers do not understand the permanence and seriousness of the injury.
  • People very often believe that those individuals suffering with TBI are not trying hard enough to get better. People often believe that patients are lazy, unmotivated and lying.
  • Frustration often occurs, and splits families, friends and others when TBI issues manifest.

But hope is on the way

  • Head injury is slowly getting the attention it so desperately deserves.
  • The media, including internet, television and newspapers, are starting to highlight relevant news about this long overdue subject.
  • Large number of war veterans and athletes are being diagnosed everyday with head injuries

It is overwhelming for you to shift through this yourself!  In this blog, I will selectively post suggestions  that I know can help change your life.
I want you to have the right advice and support to tackle all the unknown obstacles lying ahead for you.

Examples

  • What can I expect my future to be like?
  • What help should I get and from where?
  • Are there new Apps that can help me navigate more reliably through my day?

I am tired of seeing all the biases to which you are subjected!

This blog is a platform for each and every one of you to voice your concerns and get much-needed support from one another and also from me. That is why I decided to have this blog: It is to help and provide you with practical advice.

If you have a question or a topic that you need to understand, please let me know.

Everyday, I am humbled and inspired by each one of you.  We need to unite.

This blog is dedicated to all the wonderful individuals I meet with everyday, whose lives and stories need to be heard!

Together lets change the world and the biases! I urge you to speak up and make your voice heard.  Pass this blog and the Face-book page along to your friends and relatives.   It is certainly the right moment in time to do this!
So together
Lets Move A Head!

Dr. Heidi Spitz heidi@spitz.com