It happened in an instant. Jackie Moore was in a stopped car when suddenly she found herself in the middle of a multi-vehicle collision. She lost consciousness only briefly and was diagnosed with a concussion.
Moore completed the requisite rehabilitation therapy, but perplexingly, a year post-accident when symptoms should have diminished, she still battled incredible challenges. “I was not able to read or write, do math, or produce spontaneous thought. I still had significant memory and cognitive issues. I could not work or drive,” Moore said.
Persistent and driven to find treatment options, Moore reached out to the Center for Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine in Bethesda, MD, where she participated in clinical trials. After meeting with 13 specialists and three traumatic brain injury (TBI) therapists, Moore was told she had suffered significant brain injury/trauma.
“They helped me get established with several different therapies to help me recover, and alleviate some of the daily challenges of TBI,” Moore shared.
Slowly, Moore began to improve. Encouraged by her progress, Moore felt compelled to help others. “I woke up one day and said to my husband, ‘We have been doing research for three years to save my life. I think we should open up a non-profit and share it with everybody.’ ”
A Resource for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families
Thus the idea for the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center was born. On April 18, 2015, the dream became a reality when TBIRC opened its doors at 7430 West Central Avenue, in a building donated by Mercy Health. The center offers TBI sufferers, their families, and their caregivers a safe place to gather for support and resources.
“We help TBI survivors create a game plan to navigate through this new life they have. Focusing on their strengths and deficits, we give them the tools they need to have a better quality of life,” Moore said.
The mission of TBIRC is to promote prevention and increase awareness of TBI throughout the community. Daytime and nighttime support groups are available for survivors, as well as their families. Survivors of TBI are often left with extensive physical limitations, cognitive (thinking) problems, emotional/behavioral issues, and/or personality changes. TBIRC provides a place for sufferers to collaborate towards solutions to shared challenges, which can be tough to take on alone.
While pediatric support groups are not currently available, TBIRC is aiming to start them in 2017. “Pediatric care is so specialized, we want to be sure we have the right staff in place. We currently work with teens, and we can help connect parents of younger children with the resources they need.”
The Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center is located at 7430 W. Central Avenue.
For more information visit tbirc.org or call 419-214-0555.