Just stumbled upon this forum. I thought I would share my TBI story and my very recent discovery by my doctor realized I wasn't totally out of the woods like he had previously thought.

Long story short, I was in a serious snowboarding accident in the early spring of 2009. I am still not 100% sure what happened, but I went off a cliff (purposely), but ended up snagging the front of my board right as going over (almost as in tripping forward off a small cliff). This catapulted my body into a giant bolder of ice knocking me out cold.

I woke up the next day in the hospital. I suffered a fractured skull in three places (two in front of the frontal lobe, one near the occipital). There was brain fluid leakage coming through my nose as well as air in my brain. In retrospect, it was a miracle in itself that I did not get an infection, something that easy to get with open passages to your brain and cause a terrible outcome - my doctor has personally seen an infection destroy a person in the same situation as myself.

Fast forward to now, 2012, I finally ended up getting a complete neuropsych evaluation - something I have put off for 3 years. I suppose it's kind of funny/sad at the same time that the part of my brain that seems to have suffered the biggest hit is memory because in the past 3 years I have said countless times the phrase and variations of, "I forgot" countless times, only to be labeled as a person that makes up excuses.

I can't change what happened, but I was one of the lucky ones. I've been told countless times how lucky I am not only to be alive (did I mention I was wearing a helmet and still did all this damage?), but also to have no longstanding physical problems that have not already healed (a few fractured disks in my back, another injury due to the accident, seems so much less important when the skull is involved). I'm not sure who is up there, but someone was looking down on me.

With that being said, I cannot only understand how it feels to have a brain injury, but also the effects on a family. From the terror when my folks first heard I was being medevac’d to the next state over because of the more advanced trauma center to the unending support I got and continue to receive every day. It's an event that forever changes a your life.


That’s my story. Hopefully this wasn’t too long. I may be able to chime in later with a spinal cord injury related post having to do with the same accident. I just had a MRI on my lumbar yesterday and waiting to hear results.