- AIM: How did your Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occur?
Barb: It happened on June 10th, 1974. I was 15 going on 16. I was with a friend of mine. He was driving the car when we got in the accident, and we both were not wearing seatbelts. He only got a cut on his forehead and my head hit the rearview mirror, and I think some other windows…at least that’s what I remember people telling me what happened.
- AIM: What were the days and months following your TBI like, and who was your support?
Barb: I spent a really long time in the hospital. I was in a coma for about 3-5 months. I know I was out of the coma just before I turned 16. I couldn’t walk after the accident. I would try to use a walker but I couldn’t get very far. There wasn’t much help after my accident. In the late ‘70s visiting nurses would come to help, but that stopped after I kept asking them to take me out partying! My family was a big support too; my mom, sister, Frank (father figure). They would just socialize with me and that would help.
- AIM: How did you find AIM Services?
Barb: I had a counselor named Chris who told me about AIM, and I moved to Schuyler (a home at AIM Services) in the late ‘90s. I remember at the time the house seemed so big I think it was just getting built.
- AIM: What is your home like now?
Barb: I’m really happy I moved to James Ct. (apartment). My previous home was too big and too many people were around. At my new house, I can get out more and can get more attention because it’s smaller (only 4 roommates total). I like my house now, it’s pretty, but one day I want my own apartment.
- AIM: What would you like to share about TBIs?
Barb: First, not all brain injuries are the same. Second, people treat me in all types of ways; some treat me better, some treat me worse. Just talk to me.