Personal Stories

So many of our participants have such incredible stories about their journey and what this group means to them that we decided we needed a special area to share them. We are always amazed at the depth of courage, strength, and perseverance of our participants. Although none have traveled an easy road, their stories are often full of hope and inspiration while their resolve is crystal clear… never, ever, give up! If you have a story to share please send it along, we would love to hear from you!

A Place Where I Belong

A Place Where I Belong

After my injury, it seemed difficult to fit in with others or to have them understand my speech. In “We’re Moving Forward” group, I can see the commonalities between all of the members. I love to actually feel like I fit in someplace and not feeling like a third wheel...

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Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed

I have had two brain surgeries so far, first one I had when I was 7, second one I had at the age of 19, the reason why is I have a tumor called a cavernous malformation or “angioma” on the tip of my brain-stem. After I had surgery, I never knew I had a brain injury,...

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Holly—Enjoying Life

Holly—Enjoying Life

I am from the small town of Spearman Texas, population of 2,916 at the time. I had been driving for about 4 months and worked at a privately-owned clothing store. Helping this one boy who seemed nice find some clothes, led to a friendship and almost killed me. He...

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Call Me Sam!

Call Me Sam!

Hi, my name is Samantha, but you can call me Sam.  I had an ear tumor when I was four which led to a learning disability resulting in poor cognitive learning skills throughout elementary, middle school, high school and college.  To this day I still have poor cognitive...

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Meet John

Meet John

My name is John and I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident on March 10, 2007. I spent a good time thereafter in the hospital and different rehab programs. It’s been a long and difficult journey since. Trying to rebuild my friend base has...

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We Can Get Through This!

We Can Get Through This!

On Saturday February 6, 2010 I woke up at night with nausea, vomiting, weakness… it felt like the flu… no, I think I had this before. It felt like the food poisoning I got during my global travels. My wife said, “Should I take you to a Hospital?” I said, “No call the...

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Meet Diana

Meet Diana

Hi, my name is Diana. I had a stroke when I was two weeks old. My family and I have been there for each other through it all. My brain injury is a little different than others because I have had mine essentially my whole life. My stroke has affected me cognitively and...

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The Journey Makes You Stronger

The Journey Makes You Stronger

Sandra and I had only been married for a little over a year when our lives were changed forever.  In December of 2005, Sandra had a blood vessel which burst in her head causing a stroke leaving left side weakness.  Luckily, Sandra had already been admitted to the...

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Meet Kevin and Margarita

Meet Kevin and Margarita

We are Kevin and Margarita Bright and we are the caregivers for our daughter Deanna who had a stroke when she was 18 days old.  It was not an easy way to come into the world, and we had many questions that the doctors could not answer.  She is one of three, we have...

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Hi, I’m Kayla!

Hi, I’m Kayla!

Hi, my name is Kayla Routhier, I am 19 years old almost 20 as of July. Many people do not know this, but I had a brain tumor at age 12. In June of 2012 it was classified as stage 4 cancer and removed right in the nick of time before paralyzing me from my neck and...

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Adam’s Story

Adam’s Story

I am Adam Pepiton and I was a victim of a drive by shooting, which happened in September of 2010, in which I was shot in the head and it has had a massive influence on my life. This injury gave me a different perspective on things that most people take for granted...

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I Am My Own Normal

I Am My Own Normal

Since Jan. 2005 I have worked as an in-home caregiver for a young man who has a significant Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, sustained following a car accident. He didn't have any broken bones, but his head was really shook up. The brain injury was so severe that he is...

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