Living with Brain Injuries Taught Us Advocacy | Brandon Kidney Lauren Migliaccio | TEDxCSU

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Lauren and Brandon each live with an invisible disability. They share their stories about the concussions they sustained and how they learned the power of advocacy.

Brandon Kidney and Lauren Migliaccio, founders of the student organization, CSU Brain Injury Community (CBIC).
Brandon is a senior at CSU studying Applied Computing Technology with a minor in Business Administration. He has sustained multiple brain injuries including second impact syndrome. Brandon currently mentors students who have suffered brain injuries through the Opportunities for Post-secondary Success program in the Department of Occupational Therapy at CSU.

On the other hand, Lauren recently graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. After sustaining several brain injuries during college, she started working with the Opportunities for Post-Secondary Success Program (OPS) in the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) on campus.
Lauren and Brandon are passionate about bringing together students and community members with brain injuries to help provide resources and support. They hope that their TEDxCSU 2017 talk will help shed light on the

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Deb Blackmore says:

Proud of you both keep going doing amazing things xx

Deb Blackmore says:

We are survivors stay strong stay positive well done xx

Deb Blackmore says:

Thanks for sharing I have hypoxia brain injury I died 26minutes spent weeks months in coma rehab hospital learning talk walk again been a recovery massive discovery never ever give up on yourself many will never yourselves keep going doing amazing things amazing sending luck hugs love from headway Nottingham UK takecare xxx

Jim Panse says:

I had a skateboard accident two years ago and was depressed at the time because of my vegan diet. Now im eating normally again and can feel my brain heal i could feel my feet again and that was the best day of my life by far.

JLB is a conspiracy theorist and a chicken sh*t says:

I don’t understand why things are the way they are .

Chris "Crippler" Ade (MMA) says:

I needed this so much right now . Thank you for sharing this I felt so alone in this but I related to all of Brandon said and

Mary Till says:

My brain injury has kept me from doing the things that I love.I used to go to chorus at a college for 37 yrs and then some.I have vertigo and photosensitivity thank God for virtual choirs. Its so hard dealing with it!!!!!

Prasanth Prakash says:

I am also a brains injured person. Thanks for educating others and me.

Jas D. Unicorn says:

I’ve been living with tbi for 3 years. It’s hard. And I have no support. Yet I have God. And YouTube. I pray for us all.

O Taylor says:

Been on a journey since 2018 and it's been extremely difficult but I am trying to stay positive.

N 10SZ says:

I'm so sorry for your injuries. I'm not sure how bad my concussion is right now. Somedays it seems terrible and sometimes it seems better. Is there any way you can please help me?

Dalton Sturrock says:

3 years later still dealing with my symptoms thanks for sharing the importance of brain injury’s

Mel Champion says:

TBI'ers try so hard to do their best. It's unfortunate that people don't understand.

Perfectly You says:

Thank you for sharing, Touched on some important and overlooked aspects. After my TBI I bought an elf on the shelf and kept moving it on myself. Just a way to have a laugh about my memory problems haha. If you're not laughing, you're crying.

Dirk Hubbard says:

Had aneurysm 2/29/16 life changing but the magic of life I’ve been shown since reminds me how blessed I am… …… ……… JUST KNOW YOU ALL CONTAIN DIVINE POWER WITHIN YOU

Jazz says:

Thank you for sharing this ❤️

Deborah Robinson-Bozovic says:

Oh my, I heard everything you shared from the obstacles you faced to those on the road ahead! I had a TBI appx 40 years ago, then seizures! I scraped the sidewalk with my face as I went head first over my 10 speed bike. My short term memory challenges me everyday and I find myself wanting to explain, struggling to know how to even explain! But because you had the courage to do a Ted Talk, I realized I simply need to Fight Back! I feel as if I somehow crossed over an invisible line that was holding me back! Thank you and God bless! 💞🙏💞

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