Survivor or Caregiver
TBI One Love Survivor Dallas Griffiths
Hello, my name is Dallas Griffiths. In February of 2008, I was 24 and suffered a TBI while longboarding without a helmet in Snow Canyon, just outside of St. George, Utah. I don't remember how exactly it happened. I don't know if I fell and hit my head or if a car hit me or what. I was with some friends but I was a way ahead of them around a bend. So, by the time they came around the bend they found me unconscious on the road bleeding from both ears.
I was life-flighted to SLC I was in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks but they couldn't get me out of the coma for another 4 weeks. The doctors told my family that I wouldn't make it, and that if by some small chance, I did come to me would probably be in a vegetable-like state for the rest of my life. But through faith, prayer, fasting, and priesthood blessings I made it! When I woke up I was completely paralyzed. I couldn't walk, talk, or move. Mentally I was aware of my surroundings but I had no way of communicating.
Eventually I learned to communicate through blinking once for yes and twice for no. I had to relearn how to do EVERYTHING. Fast forward a few months - I was discharged from the hospital and I decided to go to college at Utah Valley University. I graduated with my BA in Psychology in just 2 years and then started a Master’s program at Westminster College I still suffer from side effects of the brain injury, especially physically!
I don't have muscle control of my left leg so I kind of drag it when I walk. I'm unable to jump, run, and do most physical activities I used to love. My balance and coordination still give me trouble, so I have falls from time to time. I had so much support from so many family members and friends!
I am eternally grateful for that! We witnessed many miracles along the way and still do! Now I'm married to the most amazing and gorgeous wife and we have 2 little girls who are so darn cute and sweet! God has blessed me more than I deserve!
More details and description of the miracles to come in later posts. Don't be afraid to ask any questions. I am an open book!
Thank you for allowing me to join this helpful Family!