I have had my brain injury for a long, long time now. It has almost become a friend to me. My injury came right after receiving my RN license from a car accident. Everything was very bad in the beginning. I was not supposed to live to even get to the hospital. My injuries damaged my brain stem and right side of my head. After four months, I went home to survive and live. There was no BIANC, support group or instructions on problems caused by the injury. So I lived never really realizing my limitations.
I did try to return to work as a nurse and began to realize balance was an issue. Then I began volunteering for BIANC trying to let everyone everywhere know about dealing with brain injury. I spoke at school PE classes, helped begin a support group and eventually lead it, attended social events and a camp sponsored by BIANC. I was raising my children also.
I now work for the BIANC as a resource coordinator for the TRIAD area. Remember me saying earlier the brain injury was like a friend. That is because my office is in a hospital and I am able to provide education resources to patients BEFORE they go home.
I have not let this injury stop me from living. I do have issues I must deal with. The choice of how I deal with them is up to me. I choose to keep on going. I say to the patients I see “Remember the turtle- he was slow but he WON the race.”
Kitty Barringer, CBIS