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Enjoying Life After Brain Injury

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About Beyond Injury

Even though there is no evidence to support it, some people believe that life-threatening injury always results in permanent disability or death. Such a belief is wrong! Doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, therapists, spiritual leaders, family members, significant others, friends, neighbors, caregivers, and a variety of other factors definitely affect both survival and recovery. There is plenty of evidence that supports the belief that your contributions matter. If you want to make a difference, if you want recovery to be as effective as possible, then Beyond Injury™ is the right blog for you.

The main goals of this blog are to:

  • Create a safe global community in which people who are affected by life-threatening injury feel comfortable sharing their stories, questions, and compensation strategies.
  • Help people create, customize, and achieve the SMART goals that enable them to journey beyond injury.

A quick search of the internet will reveal that there are many websites and blogs dedicated to anatomical descriptions of injury, one person’s experience dealing with a life-threatening injury, the effectiveness of medicine, and referrals to doctors. This blog is different because it does not focus on the anatomy of a specific injury, one person’s exclusive experience, comparisons of medicine, or doctor referrals. People like you and me, who are either directly or indirectly affected by a life-threatening injury, are the focus of this blog.

The founders of Beyond Injury™ believe that many of the posts and comments on its blog will address recovery from brain injury but, if demand is strong enough, future articles will address recovery from other life-threatening injuries as well. Some articles in this blog will be written by, or for, people who may lose their battle to survive. Some articles will be written by brain injury survivors. Other articles will be written by the spouses, significant others, parents, children, siblings, friends, neighbors, caregivers, or therapists of brain injury survivors. You are invited to share your stories, ask your questions, and reveal your favorite compensation strategies.

Beyond Injury™ is a community of learning and sharing. Although inquisitiveness, disagreement, and friendly banter are welcome, there is absolutely no place on this blog, or in this world, for hateful, racist, discriminatory, harassing, or offensive comments. If you have any question about whether or not a comment might be inappropriate, please do not post the comment. If you see any posts or comments that are hateful, racist, discriminatory, harassing, or offensive, please notify us via the Contact Form under the Contact tab so the inappropriate text can be removed promptly.

The information on this blog is a statement of belief and is not a medical, legal, or financial fact. The founders, employees, contractors, volunteers, investors, donors, sponsors, and advertisers are not, in any way, accountable for the content of articles or  comments written by others and published on this blog. Furthermore, guest authors do not necessarily agree with everything I write or believe, and I do not necessarily agree with everything guest authors write or believe. In addition, neither the guest authors nor I agree with everything said and believed by people who share their comments about a post. We can all agree to disagree without saying horrible things about each other.

About Scott

brain, injury, recovery, hope, motivationPrior to his cancer diagnosis, Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with majors in Economics and Political Science; worked as a manager in metals distribution; saved the lives of lost and injured people as part of a cave/cliff rescue squad; earned a Masters of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Operations; managed projects for one of the world’s largest international consulting firms; and created a management consulting firm that had clients in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Carolina, Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, and California.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

If you or someone you know is facing what seem to be insurmountable hurdles after a life-threatening injury, then this blog is for you. Scott blogs about the compensation tools and the activities that help him survive and succeed beyond injury. He also invites comments, questions, and stories from other survivors of life-threatening injury as well as their spouses, significant others, parents, children, siblings, friends, neighbors, caregivers, therapists, teachers, and employers. Beyond Injury is your blog!

 

 

 

17 Responses to “About”

  • Lexie Wyman says:

    Thanks for friending me on FB. I read more into where this blog is aiming, and am very inspired. The head injury sites I’m on have not been much help, but I’m not looking for much help anymore. I have struggled, lived a pretty full life, and overcome a lot, so I guess I am just looking to help others in any way I can. I am shocked when I hear what others are going thru, because looking back, on how I got to where I am, I have mostly positive memories, and am fortunate that I don’t suffer from
    1) head aches 2) seizures 3) unkind family/friends. My accident was in 1991. I too have a blog but it is basically just about my personal journey, and I often forget to point out what affects are because of my TBI. At this point, though, it seems as if every part of my life has been touched by my TBI… I could write about it forever.

    • Scott says:

      Lexie, what kind of help would you like to offer others? What choices did you make that worked well, and what choices did you make that could have had better outcomes? Please describe the source of your injury and the path of your recovery so other readers can better understand.

  • Janet Appleby says:

    Dear Scott and Team: I know someone who had a traumatic brain injury and now has significant behavior problems. From what I’ve heard, they had some anger issues before the injury but now they’re severe and drive away the very people who would help. I doubt I could even take that level of negativity if I was around them all the time. Are you aware of any resources we could turn to? Thanks.

    • Scott says:

      Janet,

      I may be able to point you in the right direction, but I need a little more information.

      In what area does the person live?
      What was the cause of the injury (fall, collision, head strike, etc.)?
      How long ago did the injury occur?
      Are you the only person who has noticed the significant behavior problems?
      Is the person open to receiving help?
      What type of help do you think would be most beneficial (counseling, support groups, etc.)?

  • Missie says:

    I love what I’ve been reading. I don’t feel so alone anymore. I’ve had two concussions that I was totally knocked out. I also received two skull fractures and having a terrible time with numbers and I started radomly buying stuff trying to make me feel better. My personality is totally different. I can’t get my family to understand that the old Missie they knew for 24 years has died. I’m a different person and it hurts me so much that my husband and kids think I can just go back to being the person I was before. I’m getting ready to leave my family is they soon don’t realize who I am now. There is so much stress in my house because of me which makes my stress and anxiety worse which makes my brain injury worse. Just feeling worse. Wish I could get my family to talk to you for sure.

    • Scott says:

      Missie,

      You are definitely not alone. There are thousands of us online. Best of all, most of us are willing to share our thoughts with other people. The problem with skull fractures as opposed to arm or leg fractures is that nobody sees a cast so they think you are fine. The fact that your personality is different now may be a good thing. Your family and friends may want the previous you. Perhaps, you can explain that with their help you can accept and thrive in your new normmal. If anyone in your family wants to ask questions of another brain injury survivor, I would be happy to talk with them. Many survivors will tell you their relationship with family and friends changed after brain injury. Some people built stronger connections, and some were so overwhelmed their relationships fell apart. I am not a physician, social worker, or marriage counselor, but I would not necessarily walk away.

  • cathy says:

    Hi Scott. My husband is a tbi survivor. He was beaten many times in the head dec 1 2011. We are and have been on a long journey. No one has any idea. Every day there are baby steps.long way to go, he is here working hard and never complains. So much to our story.

    • Scott says:

      Cathy, please let me know if there is any information I can provide. When you are ready to share more of the story, I would be happy to give you a forum through which to speak. I wish you and your husband a successful journey. ~ Scott

  • Joan says:

    Scott, I am so glad that you are still with us and more so that you are able to spread your words of inspiration. Thank you for your posts. There is a lot to learn from them. You have certainly been on a long journey, no one would choose but you have in your own way made certain that your illness would turn into a strength, and that you wouldn’t be bowed down by adversity. Keep being you and sharing your experiences with others.

    Best wishes

    Joan

    • Scott says:

      Joan,

      It is responses like yours that keep me motivated to share my experiences and anything else that might facilitate the recovery of readers around the world. I appreciate your feedback.

  • James Booker says:

    I’d like to congratulate you on your fortitude, desire to strive ahead and your passion for furthering your education.

    I enjoyed reading this post a lot and now I’m going to have to back read everything else :)

  • BRAD says:

    Scott-you are the only one that i know who has brain cancer and you make my day every time i see you because seeing you and how good you are doing and the goals that you have accomplished. i have the same thing. i have had brain cancer. i missed my daughters first b-day and now i spend as much time with her cause the accident i had before this a car hit me on my motorcycle and the dr told me that it would be very bad to have any kids at all so now my daughter is my angel same with my wife because my wife stayed there with me the whole time in the hospital and took notes more than my mom did. abi has helped me out soooo much cause they are teaching me so much about the real world and how to cognitively be in the real world because i have been out of it for a long time. thank you for meeting me
    Brad

    • Scott says:

      Brad, birthdays are special but love, compassion, kindness, and understanding are more meaningful. Even if you were at your daughter’s first birthday, chances are fairly good that she would not remember. However, if you treat her with love, compassion, kindness, and understanding, she will always remember. My guess is that when your daughter is older, and you explain why you missed her first birthday she will let you know you made the right choice. Forgive yourself, and appreciate the fact that you have more time to spend with your wife and daughter.

      Always remember that your wife is fighting the battle with you. The brain injury affects her as well as your other family and friends. You are fortunate to have such a loving and committed person by your side. Also keep in mind that some people are concerned, but they don’t know how to respond.

      Your story and your attitude affect more people than you realize. I am glad we met.

      Best wishes,

      Scott

  • Carole says:

    Scott,

    You have moved beyond your injury as your blog indicates. You are an inspiration for me and others struggling with recovery from BI and want a better life. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    Carole

    • Scott says:

      Carole,

      All a person needs to succeed is a SMART plan, passion, a little skill, support from optimistic friends, and commitment to action. Let me know if you need help implementing any of the steps to success. My hope is that you, too, will receive wonderful comments for something you did.

      Best wishes,
      Scott

  • Sonia says:

    Scott,

    Your website is quite impressive! I am so very proud of the amazing man you have become. You have taken the tragedies in your life and turned them into blessings for others. By you sharing your experiences, I am certain you are a source of encouragement to all of the people who read your blog.

    So very nice talking to you this evening. Please take care and keep in touch…

    Your friend,
    Sonia


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Hi, I'm Scott. When I was diagnosed with brain cancer, my first thought was the diagnosis is wrong. I quickly learned the diagnosis was right – my brain and I needed help immediately.

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