"You Look Great" -- Living Inside a Brain Injury

In September 2005, a high-speed Mercedes hit my son Andrew and me from behind in our solid 1993 Volvo. I encourage you to view this short film my film-maker son Chris Byler made of my so-called recovery from a so-called mild TBI.

Marilyn Spivak, founder of the Brain Injury Association of America, says, "This short film is a must-see for anyone whose life touches mild TBI: survivors, families, friends, and professionals. With great insight, courage and humor, John gives us a rare view of what it's like to live with this injury. His story, images, and metaphors open up a world typically closed, invisible, ignored, or misunderstood."

The book I refer to in the film should be available by July 1, 2011 on Amazon: "You Look Great!" -- Strategies for Living Inside a Brain Injury

My TBI-related email is MildTBI@gmail.com

Beyond the innumerable concussions sustained in car accidents and sporting events each year, TBI has become the signature wound of the Iraq war. My heart goes out to all those who suffered an incident and lived to tell the tale, but are suffering with this debilitating but "invisible" injury.

It's a confusing injury for all of us. In many cases, we look very much like we did before the incident, including even our MRIs. People who love us are so glad we were not killed or more seriously injured that they very much want to think that we are the same people we used to be.

But we have changed in remarkable ways, and this injury has had dramatic effects on how we live this new life.

It's important that all of us understand the injury better. Those of us with the injury must try to minimize the number of terrible days. People without a TBI ("civilians") must be sensitive to how our brains now work day-to-day and encourage us and motivate us . . . and sometimes leave us alone when we need to shut down.

This video tells the story of trying to recover from an injury that in some ways is invisible to the outside world. My hope is that fellow sufferers find comfort that they are not alone in their injury, and that they learn ways of describing what they're going through to their families, friends, and caregivers.

My heart-felt thanks to my oldest son Chris who spent many hours the summer of 2008 slaving over a hot screen creating this video.

Views: 300


You need to be a member of TBINetwork to add comments!

Join TBINetwork

Comment by Natalie on October 1, 2011 at 4:15pm
you're really brave and funny..thanks.
Comment by Brandy on June 17, 2011 at 4:00pm

very nice thanks for sharing this


2016 President Poll

If the election was today who would you vote for president (the disability vote)
Donald Trump
Ben Carson
Carly Fiorina
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders
Marcco Rubio
Jeb Bush
Joe Biden
Rick Santorum
John McAfee
Ted Cruz
Martin O'Malley
Jim Web
Lincoln Chafee
Lindsey Graham
Jim Gilmore
Bobby Jindal
John Kasich
George Pataki
Rand Paul
Chris Christie
Please Specify:
Poll Maker

Latest Activity

Profile IconTBINetwork via Facebook

more than meets the eye

Timeline Photos

Facebook1 hour ago · Reply
Profile IconTBINetwork via Facebook

Learning about brain injury through cartoons Anxiety

Timeline Photos

Facebook2 hours ago · Reply
Profile IconTBINetwork via Facebook

Not everything is as it seems

Timeline Photos

Facebook4 hours ago · Reply
Profile IconTBINetwork via Facebook
Facebook6 hours ago · Reply
Kim Justus posted an event

Miracles or Coincidence or Revory Now this WED NITE at Brain Injury Radio Network (Pac Time)

October 7, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm
#‎inaflash‬ New procedure called HUD device, and an aneurym survivor who went from death's door to spreading the word and the light! Click link below for details & Join us WED Nite!7pm Pac/10pm est. ‪#‎braininjuryradio‬ Click link below to…See More
6 hours ago
Profile IconSusan Fox and Pat Legler joined TBINetwork
8 hours ago
TBI Survivors Network updated an event

Creative Me - With Cheryl & Craig at world wide web and streaming audio

October 5, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm
The Creative MeThe Creative Me With: Cheryl and CraigWe will explore the possibilities together, what, where, how, why and when. Really things are limitless if we let them be, don't let the weight of your injury keep you for flying high living your…See More
8 hours ago
Profile IconTBINetwork via Facebook

Brain Injury is harder than you know - learn about it and save a life

Timeline Photos

Facebookyesterday · Reply

© 2015   Created by TBI Survivors Network.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service