One of the primary goals of TBI One Love is to bring survivors together by sharing stories of inspiration, recovery, and hope with each unique journey associated with their life changing TBI.  Allowing survivors an opportunity to share their story inspires, encourages, and motivates others bringing something positive for all. 

   Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: each and every TBI is unique and different – brain injury knows no boundaries!  Here, you are part of a family and you are NOT alone! Together we can make a positive difference, spread awareness and education, end the silence, and support each other.

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My name is Elsibeth Hoyt. My journey as a TBI survivor is uniquely authentic. I wrote my story and published a book titled: Snowbird that digs deep into my soul of reality. The day my accident occurred snowboarding after my fall no one realized the extent of damage so I drove home and was not examined for a month! 

When I finally was examined I was so scared, confused and disoriented which coupled with medical staff misunderstanding and diagnosing me wrong I decided to make the bes...

On January 4, 2016 Brett was snow skiing in Wisconsin with his dad, uncle and two cousins. It was winter break of his freshman year at Indiana University. He went down a ski jump and overshot the landing.

Brett was wearing a helmet. Luckily his dad, Bryan, was right there because Brett had stopped breathing and needed CPR. On the Glasgow Scale Brett was rated a 3, the worst possible outcome.

Brett was in ICU for three weeks and then went to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabi...

Hello, my name is Greg. I was a 35-year banking executive, family man and adrenaline junky when in 2011, I nearly lost my life after a Harley accident. When I woke from a coma with a life-altering traumatic brain injury (my third TBI), I was faced with relearning how to speak, read, write and walk again. To be alive while grappling unexpected obstacles, gave me a new purpose and voice.  I found myself radically changed with a new personality and drive. The old Greg was gone.

My wife Lau...

Hello, my name is Tyler. On August 9th, 2017, I suffered a TBI during football practice!

Honestly, I don’t remember when or how I got it, I’ve just been told that during practice I acted funny and I couldn’t talk right.

 I never blacked out and continued to play and hit my head with other players. But, the next day I left for practice and noticed I could barely stay in my lane. I thought nothing of it, until my friends started to tell me that everything I said makes no sense! I finally realized so...

Hello, my name is Courtney. This is my ten-year-old daughter, Gabby. Who is a Shaken Baby Syndrome *survivor*, that occurred when she was just 2 months old! 

We were fortunate enough to have adopted her at age three, although the intentional injuries that caused her TBI took place when she was just shy of two months old. 

So how has a TBI affected her life? Well, for starters, she’s cognitively on par with an infant. She is nonverbal (albeit very vocal!), she is exclusively tube-fed (NPO) as she a...

Hello, my name is: Nikki Lawley and I am a survivor of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.


 

On October 11thof 2016, that date will be forever etched in my brain. That is the day my entire life changed in the blink of an eye!

 I was working in a large pediatric office as a pediatric nurse (LPN), I had been with the practice for over 5 years.  It was my 12-hour day and it was late in the afternoon and one of my co- workers had an uncooperative child refusing his routine immunization that is required for...

Hello, my name is Marcelo. On 10/17/15, I was involved in a horrible accident when a, high speeding driver did not stop on his red light and crushed me in my car!

I was locked inside the squished vehicle, until fire fighters arrived with, "Jaws of Life" rescued me out to board me on a Blackhawk Helicopter. Which airlifted me to Jackson Memorial Hospital where I laid in coma for 29 days and stayed as an inpatient for 6 months recovering from a fractured leg and Traumatic Brain Injury.

 What saved m...


Hello, my name is Ashley. I will never forget when my life changed drastically within seconds!

It was, September 17th, 2012 when I was only 13 years old!

 Me and my older were coming back from feeding our farm animals on our family farm. We were in an ATV called a John Deere Gator, my sister was driving and I turned around to get something and when I did we went around a turn and because I was not wearing a seatbelt I fell out of the ATV and landed head first onto the asphalt!

 My mom was the typi...

Hello, my name is Ben Almond.

I will never forget how, during July of 1983, I was a typical 18 year old middle class suburban high school student in Arlington, Texas out with friends after work, throwing the frisbee, drinking some beer, when it came time to go home. As I was driving home I was making a U-turn on a divided boulevard when I was involved in a very serious accident. I was dead on the scene!

But, by the Grace of God I was close enough to the fire station that the EMT'S got me out of th...

Hello my name is Rebekah  from Ireland, and I will never forget how my life changed immediately in the matter of seconds on the 25th of September in 2016 at the age of 22.

What took place is, I was on way to the horses when a very unexpected crash happened!  I think it was avoiding a cat. White and ginger to be exact. But, I have always told the same story - though We will never know for sure, what exactly happened, but if that meant a wee creature didn’t die and I could help other peop...

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