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Ohio woman uses brain injury as opportunity to help others

Brain injuries are scary not only because of the serious, potentially lifelong consequences, but also because of the potentially subtle symptoms. At first, there may not be any symptoms of the injury. Few people understand this dynamic unless they have faced a brain injury themselves.

One woman in Ohio is trying to connect survivors of brain injuries to help them understand each other and the difficulties they each face. She started BrainSong in 2010 because there were no other groups for women with brain injuries.

The founder of BrainSong is a brain injury survivor herself. She spent weeks in a coma after being hit by a drunk driver eight years ago. Doctors gave her a 10 percent chance of living.

The organization creates a support system for people dealing with brain injuries. A brain injury survivor often relies on family members for assistance and support, but family members and friends don't always understand what the injured person is going through. BrainSong creates an opportunity for more sharing and understanding.

Additionally, thanks to the founder's work, Governor Kasich officially designated July 9 as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day in Ohio.

In addition to support from groups like BrainSong, people who suffer a brain injury due to the result of another person's negligence have legal recourse. The injured party may be able to recover money for medical expenses, disability and pain and suffering. Compensation may enable a victim to be fully prepared and equipped to deal with the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury.

Source: Whiznews.com, "Local Woman Doesn't Let Injury Hold Her Back," Erika Brooks, July 7, 2012

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