At Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, we see the strength. The perseverance. The hope people have, even after a brain injury sets them back.
For this reason, we believe Brain Injury Awareness Month shouldn’t only be about awareness. It should be about celebrating the very individuals making their comeback.
According to the Brain Injury Association, someone sustains a brain injury every 13 seconds. They can happen quickly, in an instant, without warning. That’s what happened to Jenny V. who was hit by a car as she was crossing the street. She has no recollection of the accident.
“I had four brain surgeries and ten fractures,” Jenny said. “People need to realize how quickly things can happen when you’re not paying attention.”
Jenny had to learn how to walk again. Due to her brain surgeries, she has no recollection of who she was, her likes, dislikes, everything from food to music, it’s all new—but she has a positive attitude. “The nice thing is that I have a clean slate. Anything I was self-conscious about before, it’s all fresh.”
Every day there are things everyone can do to honor people living with a brain injury, not just for Brain Injury Awareness Month. “Put down your phone when you drive. That’s a great first step. Stop texting, calling, wear your seatbelt, and pay attention to the road,” said Amber Lowery, Jenny’s social worker.
Jenny was discharged from Hope Network in December of 2016 and has started working part time at the job she held prior to the accident. “I have nothing but gratitude for my recovery at Hope,” she said. “I’m excited to get to know myself again.”