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Every day at On With Life we witness firsthand the amazing stories of bravery, compassion and inspiration of those affected by brain injury, from the survivors themselves, to family members and caregivers dedicated to supporting their loved ones with brain injury, to those who have chosen to dedicate their careers to serving individuals with brain injury.

In recognition of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, On With Life is excited to introduce our Moving Forward campaign. The campaign provides a platform for those who are affected by brain injury to share their perspective in their own words. This year's theme invites submissions that answer the question "What would you like other people to know about brain injury?" on the road to recovery. Knowing that every brain injury and road to recovery is unique, we look forward to sharing stories from all ages and backgrounds about the many elements that can contribute to a person's rehabilitative journey. These are the faces of determination, inspiration and hope.

These, are the faces of brain injury.

Click here to share your own experience with traumatic brain injury and the road to recovery.

Moving Forward


Date of Injury - January 2014
"Having a brain injury can be confusing. You expect many things to stay the same, but you start to realize that things have changed and that can be hard."


Date of Injury - January 2014
"Don't judge. Try to put yourself in my shoes and understand where I'm coming from."


Date of Injury - October 2013
"Never give up courage in fighting to get your life back. I always like to remember a John Wayne quote when I need motivation - 'Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway'."


Date of Injury - January 2014
"Just because I can't get the words out doesn't mean they're not in there. If I'm struggling to finish my sentence, please be patient with me."


Date of Injury - July 2013
"Please don't treat us any differently just because we have a brain injury. Other people can't help us if they don't understand."


Date of Injury - December 2013
"Patience is wisdom."


Date of Injury - January 2014
"I encourage everyone to ask questions. There's no such thing as a stupid question. Please treat me like a normal person. I may talk and look different than I use to, but I ask that you treat me like a human being."


Date of Injury - December 2013
"My recovery is a long road and will take time."


Date of Injury - September 2013
"Be kind to me as sometimes I have a hard time communicating. I know what I want to say but it just doesn't always come out. So many things that used to be easy for me now take more time. Please have patience with me."


Date of Injury - May 2013

"Be there for us. We can't control what happened and appreciate everyone who tries to understand what we're going through."


Date of Injury - December 2013
"I encourage everyone to learn more about how to prevent brain injuries. Wearing a helmet, for example, will save your life. If I would have worn a helmet, I wouldn't be here."


Date of Injury - February 2014
"My intelligence is still there. It can change your life at any point in time - brain injuries don't discriminate."

Zach and Mother, Dana 

Date of Injury - April 2009
"Brain injury is a silent epidemic that comes like a thief in the night. Trapped in their thoughts, trapped in a world that no one ever would want to imagine."

Rachel and Bob

Date of Injury - January 2011
"Brain injury happens in an instant but will affect me for the rest of my life. I lost a lot to my brain injury but it will never take my faith and my family."


Date of Injury - September 2012
"My brain injury has helped me appreciate how much the brain does. Sometimes recovery can be very difficult - please just be willing to listen."


Date of Injury - June 2012
"I still enjoy talking with people but my brain injury has affected my communication. Please have patience with me and allow me time to form my words and understand yours."


Date of Injury - January 2000

"Just because you have seen one brain injury doesn't mean you can generalize it. Every injury is unique."


Date of Injury - June 2009
"In living with a brain injury we need to take what abilities we have today and use them to do more tomorrow. Everybody has good days, and everybody has days of 'opportunity' too. Focus on the good days and learn from the others."


Date of Injury - March 1977

"Because of my seizures people immediately feel uncomfortable and want to help me do things. Respect and my independence are very important to me, and I try to live my life as normally as possible."

Laura and Husband, David 

Date of Injury - June 2012

"Never let a day go by that you don't say the things you need to say, to the people who mean the most to you. We all think it can't happen to us, but when it does you have to stay positive and keep moving forward."

For more information about brain injury, prevention, tips for caregivers etc., please visit Top 10 Brain Injury Articles.