To know or to represent a victim of traumatic brain injury is to be sobered by the gravity of the injury and humbled by the victim’s efforts to regain his life.
Statistics don’t often tell us much about the individual victim, but they can tell us much about the extent and severity of the problem across our population. According to the Brain Injury Association of America:
1. Every 23 seconds one person in the United States sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury.
2. About 1.4 Million Americans sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year.
3. About 5.3 Million Americans now live with disabilities from Traumatic Brain Injury.
4. More than 50,000 people die each year from Traumatic Brain Injury.
Do you need to count your blessings? Do you need to better appreciate the struggles of victims of Traumatic Brain Injury?
If so, I have two messages: 1) Re-read the statistics above, and realize that each of the persons mentioned is or was a real person down the neighborhood street or across the conference table from one of us; 2) talk with a victim — really talk with him — and see how majestic human struggle can be.