TBI Therapist

Erica Baggett is an energetic, hopeful, and frank survivor. She discussed her difficulty with being a young mom and having a serious TBI.  She discusses hope and her own drive to be the author of her own story. She recently ran in a whole marathon which was a big part of her healing journey. I was amazed by her presence and determination to be a beacon to other brain injury survivors.

Meet Erica:

On October 19, 2018,  Erica sustained a severe TBI.  She was involved in an MVA which left her unconscious and was subsequently airlifted for treatment.

After being in a coma for six weeks, she beat the odds and emerged. She was told she may never take care of herself or her son on her own. She was transferred to Shepherd Center’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program https://www.shepherd.org/ where she had to relearn everything, including walking, talking, swallowing, and dressing. She credits the dedication of her husband and family as well as survivor groups to her recovery and healing today.

Things we discussed: 

  •  The shepherd center in Atlanta and Erica’s difficulty with realizing that she had a TBI. 
  • She discussed misunderstanding her thoughts related to brain injury and her own thoughts. 
  • She says “You are the author of your life” you may have a messy middle, but that isn’t the whole story (that’s me paraphrasing).
  • There was a love fest at the end! Erica told me that she runs to me, I hope that others are enjoying this content too! 

Takeaways

Takeaway #1

Find your passion. For Erica that was running! So many of my guests have discussed passions assisting their healing. 

Takeaway #2

Don’t give up. You won’t feel this way forever, even if things are very difficult now. 

Takeaway #3

Get connected with the TBI community. One of my biggest recommendations as well!

Takeaway #4

Get some space from your emotions or overwhelm. For Erica that is counting down from 30 or a short walk, two great ideas!

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Erica Baggett is an energetic, hopeful, and frank survivor. She discussed her difficulty with being a young mom and having a serious TBI.  She discusses hope and her own drive to be the author of her own story. She recently ran in a whole marathon which was a big part of her healing journey. I was amazed by her presence and determination to be a beacon to other brain injury survivors.

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