Keep Moving Forward: Children with Brain Injuries

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Learn from three children and their families who live day to day with the effects of brain injury.

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Yarrabothini Leela says:

Hello,I have a male child born with brain damage during birth.will u pls help me with sharing ur success stories, how u become strong and how make ur child strong pls

Disney girl 30 Gwilt says:

I had a brain injury from birth I don't know if related to other brain injuries but, it is called a toxic cerebral palsy I was also in some special education classes the 3 subjects were math, language arts, and reading.

Mary Anderson says:

I can totally relate with these young people & I would like to say bravo to all 3 and their families. My first TBI was back in 1969 when I was 9 yrs old. I was tripped at school when running, I was knocked unconscious, broke my nose, & jaw. I those days the school district had no clue as to what a TBI was & even now in many states they are still clueless. I was sent back to class to take a spelling test and my third grade teacher decided to come up behind me & smack me on the back of my head for getting blood on her spelling test. I went on not knowing anything about TBIs & in a strange way may have helped  me. I went on & graduated from High School a year early and finished my Associate degree in Nursing  a quarter after graduating from high school. It was not easy but I was determined. My TBI really started show it's ugly head in about 1981 when I was working on my BSN at Western Washington U. I had to undergo 4 major jaw surgeries. I started showing signs of Generalized Dystonia which eventually has taken over my entire body including my vocal chords, diaphragm, esophagus, & GI tract, as well as my skeletal muscles, I finally went to work for a group of surgeons & then Group Health (mistake), when I had to have a tracheostomy placed Group Health found it to be a bad image for one of their nursing staff to have a visible disability, so  career change was necessary. Since I had 2 young girls still at home, I went to work for our local school district & eventually started working in special education. Even tough there are days that it would be easier to give up Never Give up, Get Tough in stead!! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something "where there is a will there is a way".  In 2010 I had a Deep Brain Stimulator placed to help control my Dystonia, During he placement of the leads in my brain I had a stroke & was in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks & in the hospital for just short of 3 months. Rather than giving up I set small goals. Once ta goal was met I made another goal. To this day I am still doing this & it seems to work. I recently retired which has given me more time to devote to the BIAWA. Which is  very rewarding. Last year I organized ou first Walk, Run, Roll for thought in Kitsap County. It was success well beyond my wildest expectations & it was fun!  
I am so glad to hear that you all have such a wonderful support system in place & parents stay strong & keep fighting.  Remember that if thing start to get tough write local your congressman and get an ADA attorney to help if you start to have trouble with your local school districts.
Good Luck

Christy Chalgren says:

I can relate to Allie's story in so many ways!!!! Hearing her story gave me hope that things will get better I just got to have determination!! Thanx for sharing ur story Allie!!

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