Hello my friend. My name is Craig J. Phillips and I am a traumatic brain injury survivor. My brain injury occurred in 1967 — due to a motor vehicle accident — when I was 10 years old. I sustained an open skull fracture and remained in a coma for 3 weeks — with right frontal lobe damage, a severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement. I also fractured my left femur (thigh bone) in the accident.
In follow-up to brain and skull surgery I had several EEG’s done along with a battery of cognitive and psychosocial testing. The results were shared with my parents, however my parents elected not to share the results with me. In 1968 treatment for brain injuries was not available. Consequently, I was essentially on my own in my rehabilitation process.
By the grace of God, hard work and with the encouragement of family members I was able to teach myself how to walk, talk, read, write and speak in complete sentences.
Because I was able to teach myself how to walk, talk, read, write and speak in complete sentences an assumption was made — that my brain injury had been healed. Consequently, I grew into my pre-teen, teen, young adult and adult years with not knowing how the damage done to my brain — at the time of the accident — had impacted both my life and my relationships.
Consequently , for many years I felt like a person in a dark room trying to find the light switch to unlock the mystery of why I encountered so many difficulties in life. Living with an invisible disability was complicated by my own denial, the denial of friends and family members. My denial, the denial of friends and the denial of family members was compounded my ability to succeed academically.
The denial was compounded by the reality that I was able to obtain both my undergraduate and graduate degrees — when results of testing done in 1968 showed that I would probably not be able to succeed beyond high school academically. For further insight into my process please, read my 7 part article, My Journey thus Far.
Please read Part 2 for context. Thank you.
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