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July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

My husband was in a horse riding accident 12 years ago. We found out about Brainstorming4us a few years ago, and decided to attend a meeting. We have participated in the annual "brain injury awareness walks" and attend most every meeting. Just knowing there are others who share similar experiences has been very helpful to us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Brainstorming 4 us has gotten my husband involved in a project in which he builds models to be donated to children at Loma Linda Children's Hospital.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other members and sharing experiences and stories

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

My 18-year old grandson, Chris, was in a car accident almost three years ago. He suffered a traumatic brain injury. When his family brought him home, he was completly dependent on them for all of his care. No one in family really knew what to do to best help him. My daughter contacted Brainstorming 4 Us, Inc, and they helped Chris and all of our family through all the most difficult times by providing volunteers to help, information so that we would know what to expect and how to respond, and continued support as Chris has improved. They also provide an extreemly valuable support network for the injured person and all of family, including people to talk with that have personal experience with brain injuries and supporting people with those injuries. I know from personal experience that Brainstorming 4 Us is an efficient and valuable organization and that they serve a unique service that is not available through any other oranization in Southern California.

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Yes, as dicussed above T have personally experienced help from this organization. It is a unique organization that provides a very valuable service that is not available from any other organization.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

Well, the story of my accdient, which occured when I was just 17 years, 4 months and 4 days old took place on Monday, July 19th, 2004. I was returning home from work, working in a local law firm, the summer before my senior year in high school. I actually missed the entire first semester of my senior year, but was still able to graduate on time with the rest of my class mainly because I had basically graduated by 11th grade. I was on my way to accomplishing everything I wanted, and was headed down the path I wished to be walking down. Then, things took a dramatic turn for the worse when I was T-boned on the driver-side door of my 2002 KIA Rio by a Ford F-150 when I was just a few miles from my house. I was sent spiraling directly into a coma upon impact, staying in this helpless state for approximately 2 1/2 months, and sustained a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with shearing and a ventricular bleed. My brain began to swell and bleed and a shunt had to inserted in order to relieve the pressure that was building up. I was lucky, if you can find any "luck" in this horrible incident because an ambulance was in-route to somewhere and the paramedics were able to give me life-saving treatment with the "One Golden Hour Rule" that is applied to all severe injuries. I was also cursed with HO (Heterotopic Ossification) in my left knee and theigh, and still suffer from memory loss, poor balance, and a plethora of other disabilities. However, I have not let that take over my life. I am a fighter and have always done what needs to be done in order for me to succeed. It may take me twice as long, if not longer, to accomplish what I would have done in months in the past, however, I hope that I will be able to accomplish all my goals in the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When meeting with other TBI survivors, I don't feel the need to be any different and know I will be accepted just as I am, and not be judged for that.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Gaining friends I would have never met in my past life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nice, friendly, compassionate, and understanding of my situation because most have a friend or family member in the same situation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help millions of TBI survivors!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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