"I didn't know i would feel so lonely"
If you are sporting crutches, people know you have an ankle injury. If you have trouble with memory, cognition, or other mental functions, many people think you are just dumb.
Survivors are not dumb. They are injured.
Acquaintances, coworkers, and even family members will often have trouble communicating with survivors.
The result? Profound loneliness.
Many TBI survivors can attest to this loneliness. They live without adequate support from the important people in their life and without the understanding and affirmation that we all need.
At the BISON Project, we recognize two distinct support teams to help survivors maximize your recovery and live your best life- your recovery team, and your survivor team.
We aim to help survivors through developing a dedicated cross-functional recovery team that will maximize your quality of post-injury life. This team will often include case managers or social workers, speech language pathologists, neurologists, psychologists, neuropsychiatrists, and a brain injury lawyer.
We also aim to bring together a community of those affected by TBI for mutual support and assistance. We know how lonely it is to struggle every single day with something that most of the people in your life have no clue about.
We know how hard it is to give words to the profound struggle some days.
Sometimes you just need a place to go where others really understand and know that you are not making your symptoms up. You need a place where no one will tell you, “just get over it.”
We know that an effective community of mutually supportive members can bring hope, stability, engagement, and fulfillment to your life.