“We are all granted the gifts with life and some are quite incredible, but when God takes them away from tragedy, we’re left bewildered and lost. To wonder is natural, but to pity, is to waste. Move on, after the shock wears off and the senses have regained their stamina, for tomorrow brings a new story, new pages to your continuing story.” – Kathleen Newhouse
Streams of Thought from a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor
Just a Breath Away…
It was sudden. Lightning struck inside of my head and the flash of immense pain shot from one side of my skull to the other. The magnitude was beyond any conceivable reality. I was rushed into emergency surgery in an attempt to reduce the massive amount of pressure that squeezed my brain like a melon in a vice grip. My world was crumbling from within and death was imminent.
With maybe a five percent chance of survival, and the distinct possibility of landing in a vegetative state, hope was fading quickly and the outcome was looking grim. I was a just a breath away from the other side.
Blind and lost in a world of fear and pain, I awoke to find myself longing for a comprehendible voice to pass my desolate existence. Language made no sense and the reality of my dark, lonely world made me question my own survival. Was this the world I was destine to live in, one that few enter and even fewer ever leave, or was this merely part of the journey as a severe traumatic brain injury survivor?
Leaving behind my former self, my journey became one of discovery. Through strength, determination, perseverance, and above all, faith, I came to terms with this new person inside of my head and embraced the newfound gifts God had granted me. Though the physical and mental struggle continues, to me, every sunrise is a mystery and every day is a new canvas full of possibility, just waiting to be painted.
Through Kathy’s personal promise, to thrive against all odds, Just a Breath Away Foundation wants to connect as many TBI survivors as possible. Ten voices are louder than one, and a hundred louder than ten. It is our hope that through Just a Breath Away those affected by TBI can loudly voice the effects of brain trauma and the need for improved treatment, recovery options, and support. Join us!