My name is Irene Fischer and I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in October 2009. My traumatic brain injury was caused by the traumatic impact with which a truck slammed into my car. My brain then ricocheted so violently in my head that it cracked my skull. Due to the extent of my severe brain injury, I consequently sustained damage to my brain.
I am embarrassed to admit that before I sustained a massive TBI and subsequently suffered brain damage, I was very ignorant about what it could entail if the brain broke. I was afraid of anyone who had suffered damage to their brain because I thought that they were dangerous and their bodies were as twisted as zombies. I thought that everyone who suffered brain damage was always immediately robbed of their IQ and instantly stripped of all logic. Their personality was changed to a large extent and their behavior was suddenly explosive, impulsive and irrational. I was very scared of them.
Now I hang my head in shame for harbouring such awful assumptions. A nasty, dark stigma clings to those two words due to ignorance and horrible preconceived ideas. One is usually only concerned with any disability when a loved one is directly affected. I want to try and change that. I feel the need to. And I believe you can help me.
A million little things can go wrong when the brain breaks and through this site I hope to enlighten you about the strange and alarming consequences that could spring from a traumatic brain injury I want to tell you about all the things I learned about my TBI and about my brain damage, in order to diffuse the dark and smothering topic a little bit. I hope to awaken understanding and compassion in you by giving you a little glimpse of my world. I want to improve your understanding of how to treat a person with a traumatic brain injury.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” John F. Kennedy