As we commit in 2019 to do a better job of sharing our story, that of Alabama Head Injury Foundation, we must never forget that fundamentally it is not our story to tell. We play a vital, but small, role in the larger picture that is a TBI survivor's story. No matter how hard we try, our attempt to share their story will always fall short of the power and emotion that comes from them sharing their own TBI story. It is why attending our support group meetings across the state is such a powerful experience...because you hear from those who are living with the effects of TBI each and every day. Hearing their story changes you...and if it doesn't...then I worry about you.
Through this blog, our Facebook page, and our website, we will attempt to share stories from our clients, in their own words. We are grateful for their willingness to share their stories, and grateful for those organizations that allow us a platform to share. Last week, I was privileged to be on the Matt and Aunie Show on Talk 99.5 radio with a wonderful individual named Michelle Lunsford. Michelle's daughter, CiCi, died on February 22nd, 2018 when she was distracted using her cell phone while driving. Michelle has taken up the cause of advocating for the Hands Free Alabama law, which will come before the State Legislature in March 2019. I truly believe this law will help prevent brain injuries, and therefore AHIF is solidly in support of its passage. I am thankful to Michelle, her husband and her entire family for how they have taken a tragedy and are trying to bring something good from it. I am also thankful to Talk 99.5 and the Matt and Aunie show for allowing us to share this story.