A million little things can go wrong when the brain breaks.
I would know.
My name is Irene Fischer and life changed abruptly when a truck skipped a red traffic light and slammed into my car. I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that left me as a hemiplegic with a speech impediment. (Read more about the accident here.)
I am embarrassed to admit that before I sustained a massive TBI, and consequential damage to my brain, I was rather ignorant about what it could entail if you sustain damage to your brain.
Unfortunately, an unhealthy lack of awareness towards TBI persists among the general public in South Africa, even though brain injury is the leading cause of disability in the country.
There is a projected 4 million people currently living in our country with the various socially-alienating disabilities that might ensue after a brain injury.
Due to the giant lack of awareness a nasty, dark stigma often cling to the terms “brain injury” and “brain damage”. Most people are only mindful and attentive to any particular disability if a loved one is directly affected. This leads to awful prejudiced ideas, judgements and discrimination.
I want to try and change that.
I feel the need to.
And I believe you can help me.
I think a mind shift is desperately needed countrywide in order to cultivate a change in attitude towards brain injury survivors so that we can become a more diverse yet integrated society.
I hope this site provides you with a better understanding of TBI and the vast variety of socially alienating disabilities that can ensue after the brain’s natural ebb and flow is disturbed.