Name: Brooke C
City: Rock Hill
Brain Injury: Motor Vehicle Accident
Explanation of Mask: The dark left side of my mask represents my life before my accident, which was going down the wrong path. The right side represents my life after my accident, which is given to God and now much more bright. I owe everything to God and I am so thankful He changed my life and saved me.
Brain Injury: Hit by a car in 2009-April 17th-TBI
Explanation of mask: Blue coloring all over the mask to show –Determined-to have a good life despite injury.
-Red eyes represent “frustration” – seeing things you wish you could do
-Yellow represents “quiet” – change after injury
City: Fort Mill and Lexington
Brain Injury: Several injuries, most recent was motor cycle wreck, right frontal, right temporal lobe
Explanation of mask: Kids can get lost if you don’t tell them what’s going on with you. Have a family member talk to them if you are unable to. “Be like water” is a Bruce Lee quote.
Cross over month is for watching my tongue and spreading my faith to others.
Child represents my daughter Amelia, dog is for my dog Deuce. Both of them help put me at ease.
Name: Laura V
Brain Injury: Ruptured AVM and hemorrhagic stroke (2006)
Explanation of mask: The mask is unfinished because I am a work in progress. The gray represents confusion and depression. The vibrant colors also show the unexpected joy the brain injury has also provided via relationships and personal growth.
Name: Les Paul M.
Brain Injury: 3 concussions, 2 brain aneurisms, coma survivor, AVM, cranial removal, 15 metal clips, and a porcelain plate in my head but still alive and kicking
Explanation of mask: The colors of paint the struggle of recovery. I am happy to have recovered to the best of my ability but I’m sad that society is still judging people with TBI.
Also our legislator and leaders have created a society of have and have nots in the disability community and especially need to end the Federal Marriage Penalty against people with disabilities.
Name: Luke and Lucky
Brain Injury: Luke- TBI from lack of oxygen to the brain in the early 2000s. It caused Luke to have a short term coma and travel an ongoing 17 year road to recovery.
Lucky- TBI from a bicycle accident without a helmet 5 years ago
Explanation of mask: The crossword puzzle represents all the answers are floating around in our head; but sometimes hard to from the answers. The eyes in the forehead represent the missing eyes in the mask; they are the true eyes. The hat is there, because we all wear a hat of some type. And the chompers represent our talk for nourishment and symbolizes our speech door.
Luke and Lucky are good friends. Lucky is an essential part of Luke’s rehab; and Luke helps Lucky with his rehab as a morale support. Lucky helps Luke ride a recumbent bike in Greenville, SC.
Name: Stephanie (mom of James)
Brain Injury: 9/28/13 motor vehicle accident
Explanation of mask:
There’s a lot going on in hi head that’s under lock and key.
It’s confusing/scary to deal with after effects from injury/chaotic why ?’s, why can’t thing work like they’re supposed to: walking, moving, talking
Name: Nicholas F.
Brain Injury: I fell from the top of a 2 story building crushing the back of my skull and fracturing the top 2 vertebrae in my neck. Massive frontal lobe trauma.
Explanation of mask: The fire represents paid. Bad wolf represents my calm happy place, and the blood splatter pattern represents all of the years I paid with blood to simply survive. The ninja mask represents my love of martial arts
Name: Sabrina K.
Brain Injury: Massive cerebral hemorrhage from AVM rupture in 2001
Explanation of mask: The left side that is green represents my life before the injury. It was good and normal but nothing special. The right side that is pink represents my life now. It’s my left side of my body that is paralyzed and reminds me of how blessed I am. It shows happiness and joy. Life after the injury is much sweeter!
City: Mt. Pleasant
Brain Injury: Misdiagnosed, wrong medications. Did not get the right medical help until permanent damage had occurred head to toe, “Dame bramage.”
Explanation of mask: This has been a metamorphic process thorugh trials of tears as I accepted my coccoonint towards recovery. Green to grow from being one person to another. “Yellow” is it “me” you’re looking for? Orange you glad to be alive? Feel your spiritual awakening to find a new purple paradise.
On the Los Amigo’s scale,
There is no pass,
There is no fail.
This complex trail we travel on,
Also has no magic wand!
Back and forth or up and down,
Weave new webs,
Achieve new ground.
A broken crown is on your head,
A sight unseen, grateful not dead!
Hope next exit for this chick-a-dee,
Thanks to all who stand by me.
What I will learn,
Where I will go,
God has my plan,
That’s all I know!
Brain Injury: TBI cause July 14, 2009 from a car accident
Explanation of mask: I feel appreciated because people trust me and respect me.
I am very loveable.
I am a wonderful uncle, brother, son, nephew, grandson.
I am proud to graduate high school.
I am determined to get my G.E.D.
I am hurt inside!
I am glad to be alive.
City: N. Augusta
Brain Injury: Roll over car accident my junior year in college
Explanation of mask: Van Gogh painted “Starry Night” from the window of his asylum room. It was just before sunrise and he added a village. So to me, it reminds me that even when you feel trapped inside, there’s always a sunrise and you can always change your view.