Hello My name is Benjamin Pohl, I was involved in a serious car accident when I was 17. I sustained a TBI and spent the next ½ year in the hospital. After discharge I spent the next 2 years relearning to walk and speak.
I am sure that you have heard numerous horror stories and how resilient the human brain is. My car crash has been 19 years ago and in that time, I have obtained a Master’s Degree, etc. Currently I am on disability and am doing a lot of public speaking in the Chicagoland area.
I began with speaking to Rotary Clubs on the dangers of distracted driving (the reason for my car crash). I have spoken at numerous service clubs and schools as my mission is to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. I am working on bring awareness to the dangers of driving distracted – have partnered with the National Safety Council – Safe Driving Division.
I also work with ThinkFirst – bringing awareness to spinal cord / brain injuries to high schools in this area. I want to do more. It is important to remember that TBI's are much more common than a person would think yet society is still unaware of them.
I also want to bring a better understanding of TBI to society through all my speaking. My website is: www.benpohlspeaks.com and it has great information about me and how my TBI has changed my life - but understand that my TBI does not define who I am. It simply helped me understand that there are other parts of me. Adaption is the key, for it is to NEVER give up!
We all have some kind of issue that holds us back in some way, shape or form but...we need to identify where we want to be and work to get there!