To quote one of the greats, “Oh, he’s not dead. Well, not yet.”
In the fall of 2015 I received my second TBI. I knew my mind and body had changed, including memory loss, migraines, difficulty reading, and anger outbursts, but I felt I was strong enough to work around it, but in a short two-year span I lost almost everything and found myself homeless and hopeless.
In November 2018, thanks to a writer and fellow veteran, the Dallas Center for Brain Health reached out and helped me start my healing path. In the spring of 2019 the VA TBI clinic in Salt Lake City put me through a day of hell, but at the end of being tested by seven specialists they worked out an aggressive treatment plan.
During the following six months I worked with speech and physical therapists, had special prism lens crafted for my glasses, and even took part in several sleep studies. All of this gave me the tools I needed to work around and even overcome some of my disabilities.
The plan included treatments I never would have considered, like my eyes no longer aligning center and the need for corrective glasses.
I have a new lease on life thanks to my team’s direction and encouragement to keep pushing forward no matter what.