Kick It With Donna episode 60 – From The Heart #1
I know Jimmy from BIND (Brain Injury Network of Dallas). He is a member there and also volunteers his time answering the phones and giving prospective members a tour of the facility.
Jimmy was hit by a car in Boston in 1992 and suffered a TBI. He spent two months in a coma and another two months in rehab. His healing journey continues to this day. Instead of giving up or having a daily pity party, he volunteers his time at Medical City Hospital in Plano. He talks to families who have a loved one that suffered a head injury. Sometimes they are responsive, but sometimes not. This time he spends with these people is a driving force for him.
Jimmy was a really good runner. It was hard for him to accept that running was not really an option for him anymore. Three years after his injury, he went for a run and was frustrated that he could no longer meet his prior running time. To add insult to injury, he was hit by a car again that smashed up his leg. Bicycling became the substitute. Jimmy was also very good at fencing. He had to accept that this skill was also affected by his injury. However, he was able to compete in fencing in the paraplegic arena. His life is not worse, just different.
I have a lot of respect for Jimmy. He doesn’t give up. That is his message to all who are listening. Don’t give up!