TBI One Love Survivor Brittin Lane
Hello, my name is Brittin Lane.
Four years ago(2016), I survived a severe longboarding accident suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
I blacked out on impact, and woke up with short term memory loss and confusion, and damage to my neck, ribs, head and shoulders. A full year passed before any symptoms appeared, but within a few days, I went from a healthy, outgoing teenager to spending all of my days almost completely housebound.
I only left her house for physical therapy and countless doctor appointments. Vertigo became the most debilitating symptom, causing daily motion sickness even when I was sitting completely still. I endured migraines, memory problems, cognitive issues, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, depth perception issues, insomnia, anxiety, mood changes, and more. It was 8 months of experiencing these symptoms daily before I was finally diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
Shortly after being diagnosed, I began writing and creating my own music. It became an emotional outlet where I could find a sense of purpose and fulfillment in this new, difficult chapter of my life. Creating art gave me a new sense of hope and happiness that had been all but lost for many months. I released her first self-made EP, “The Letter,” a 5-track project recorded in my bedroom.
I have since gained over 17 million Spotify streams, over 100,000 monthly listeners, and I continue to create music and share my personal story on my YouTube channel where I have just surpassed 24,000 subscribers. In October of 2019, I was diagnosed with two chronic illnesses known as POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and Dysautonomia - a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system – both illnesses a result of my TBI.
While it’s been an uphill battle that I continue to face daily, I haven’t let it stop me from doing what I love - writing music and creating art. I am still in physical therapy and have multiple medical appointments each month. While I continue to ex- perience unpredictable flare-ups from my invisible injury and invisible illnesses, I have never been happier or more grateful that I get to do what I love every day.
Now at the age of 21, I just released my first full length album “Lonely Neighborhood.
Thank you for letting me join this helpful community TBI One Love!