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Texas TBI survivor creates support network website

As victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their loved ones know, the recovery process can be long and challenging. For those dealing with the struggles and aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While forging his own way through the recovery process, a Texas man who suffered from a severe TBI created an online support network for survivors.

Last year, the 28-year-old man was thrown from his SUV in a roll-over accident. Many doubted he would ever walk again. Part of his skull had to be removed because of the severity of his brain swelling. Many doctors even predicted that he would live the rest of his life in a vegetative state.

Despite the odds, he emerged from a coma, fought off infection and made the decision to create a website called TryMunity, an online community for victims of TBI. The goal of the website is to create a forum for survivors and their families to share their struggles and provide a network of support.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1.7 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year. TBI's caused by car collisions, falls and other accidents contribute to a significant number of deaths as well as permanent disability for victims. For many, the fight to survive and manage life after injury can be painful and difficult. This website is one way for victims and their families to connect and adjust to life after an injury.

Source: WFAA, "Accident survivor creates support community for traumatic brain injury," Janet St. James, May 29, 2012.

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