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David Thomas
This year marks the 35th anniversary of my accident and as long as it’s been is how long I’ve been asked how it happened, well if you've ever wondered here's what happened. I didn't write this to see how many likes or comments I could get, I did it because I have found writing very therapeutic. This didn't take hours or even weeks to write, it took months because it involved having to think back to a time that I hadn't thought about in a long time.
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Jamie Duplechine
We all have a choice to either neglect life and let it pass us by, or embrace it and go along for the ride… I have chosen, despite my physical limitations, to jump back into the driver's seat and move forward with life.
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Nicole Marquez
“Falling Down is How We Learn to Rise Up!" At 25, on the night of my best audition, I went home to find that I was locked out of my 5th floor apartment. I went to the roof to see if there was a way in through my window. Looking over the edge is my last memory.
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Tessie DiFulco
I have a traumatic brain injury. I was in a coma for 2 ½ months and in the hospital for 4 ½ months with left side paralysis. There my passion shifted. The beginning of my coma resembled an intimate union with God. I had a sense of being nowhere that I had ever been on earth, such peace and tranquility filled me.
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After my son sustained a traumatic brain injury, BIALA was very helpful in providing me information on the TH/SCI Trust Fund. They walked me through the process and helped me every step of the way. It was a very stressful time in my life so I was very grateful for their support and understanding.

Jason Niko

Caregiver

On a day that everything seemed to be going against me, I reached out for some help and was surprised that they actually were there to help me. My wheelchair was broken, and they were able to find a place to fix it for me. They educated me about the trust fund for people with spinal cord injuries and sent me an application. When I had questions about the application, I called back and was given the time and help needed to complete the application. They made me feel important so I am very thankful.

Robi Harsch

Individual with SCI

In between my therapies, I wanted to keep moving forward so I reached out to find some ideas of ways to keep my brain working. They were so helpful and friendly and gave me many great ideas to try. We were even laughing together, and it made it feel like I was talking to a friend.

Bobby Bodin

Individual with TBI