As he’d never heard the term before he thought that it was rare. His doctor explained that what he’d suffered was serious, but was by no means rare.
An ABI is defined as:
Damage to the brain, which occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. These impairments may be temporary or permanent and cause partial or functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.
World Health Organization
You have probably heard it referred to by many other names, the most common being “Concussion.” The injury has become a significant news-element, so much so that a major Hollywood movie was made, whose title was Concussion. He was told that it presents in 1 out of 24 people, and often invisible to others.
Following his time in hospital, Rob was medically retired from a job that he loved, and it was physically impossible for him to pursue his fitness goals.
His new goal became to tell the world of the existence, prevalence, and the often-invisible nature of ABIs.
He acquired a recumbent tricycle, and an Alinker, to keep mobile so that he could spread the message that even though someone has faced challenges they must never stop.
Thank you Dan Ragall for the awesome photography.
For acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors, caregivers and Canadians, the BrainSTRONG Network of Canada is a non-profit network run by individuals who know brain injuries first-hand. We are passionate advocates that help others realize that brain injuries are an invisible disability and how prevalent they are because they do happen anywhere to anyone.
- We connect survivors with each other to escape the isolation of brain injury. We point to relevant services and tools that can easily assist individuals achieve independent living.