TBI Research Riffs – a different take on brain injury research

My new blog for TBI research – I’m getting an early start on my 2016 new year’s resolutions

TBI Research Riffs

research Why not? We need more voices in TBI research land.

So this is my new blog – dedicated specifically to TBI research. I’ll be posting intermittently here specifically with TBI research in mind.

I’m both a technologist and independent researcher, and I’ve spent a huge amount of time since 2007, piecing together the fragments of truth about my history of mild TBI / concussion.

While I know that in principle, brain injury survivors (or patients in general) can’t reasonably be expected to have a clear, unbiased view of their own situation, it’s my sense that a huge amount of relevant insight (and data) is lost because formal research is dismissing or disregarding the perspectives and subjective experiences of those dealing directly with brain injuries.

My academic training was in the social sciences, including a few years abroad at a European university well-known for its academic rigors and cultural contributions, and…

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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.

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