Tessa Venell was in a serious car accident and hit her head on the car’s windshield.
Most people with severe head injuries like hers do not survive.
So far, Tessa’s made an amazing recovery. A short video of Tessa’s story: Then and Now
How did Tessa make such a complete and unexpected recovery?
She credits her strong support network.
Tessa describes the loneliness and isolation that TBI patients endure. That’s a well-documented problem for brain injury survivors. Many face persistent cognitive issues that take medical precedence over psychological issues.
And many rehabilitation approaches don’t include psychological treatments as a regular part of treatment.
There’s not much research on how the support and encouragement of family, friends, and medical providers assist in a TBI survivor’s recovery. It’s nearly impossible to measure and quantify how a strong support system aids in recovery.
But stories like Tessa’s certainly suggest that there’s an “x factor” in brain injury recovery.
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