TBI Stats

At http://www.tbirecovery.org/Intro.html I found the following information:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI. That’s 8 times the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer and 34 times the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS each year. As a consequence:

  • 50,000 people die each year.
  • 230,000 people are hospitalized annually and survive.
  • 80,000 to 90,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability each year.

The cumulative result is that today an estimated 5.3 million people – 2% of the U.S. population – are living with a permanent TBI-related disability.

That’s a lot of people…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

2 thoughts on “TBI Stats”

  1. I came across your blog while doing research for our website on brain injury (http://www.brainandspinalcord.org) and wanted to thank you for writing about about this. I also wanted to invite you to visit our website- comments and suggestions on how to make it more helpful are always appreciated!


  2. I stopped by your site — http://www.brainandspinalcord.org looks great! I would like to see a little more TBI resource information, tho’ I don’t want to detract from the spinal cord injury info.

    I plan to read more in the coming days and weeks. I think this will become one of my online “destinations of choice” and I will add it to my blogroll.

    Thanks for the link and the valuable site!



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