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Brain Injury: My Road To Recovery – ‘Time Is Of The Essence’

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Author: 
Mary Blake
Published Date: 
18 February 2013
Publication: 
CBS Boston, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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BOSTON (CBS) – If you were to ask 10 people on the street what TBI is, you’d be hard pressed to find even one person who knows the answer.

TBI stands for traumatic brain injury.

I’ve been recovering from one for the past six months.

Last July, I tumbled from my very old, somewhat rusty, yet trusty bicycle. It was the first day of my two-week summer vacation on Nantucket.

I remember nothing of that day, or the 8 days in the hospital that followed. However, one of the first responders to the scene, Nantucket police officer Keith Mansfield, later filled me in on some of it.

“You were on the ground, very injured and definitely not with it, and pretty much what we’re trained is, if it’s an issue like that, time is of the essence,” Mansfield said.

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