Illinois is home to many people that have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The potentially catastrophic injury is easily acquired-all it takes is an impact between the brain and the interior of the skull. This means that any sudden change in acceleration can cause a brain injury to occur. Consider the many situations in which this can happen: a fall from a ladder, a car accident, a tough tackle, an explosion, an icy floor, etc.
Such things can occur nearly anywhere and quickly leave a person completely different than they were before the injury. Some victims of TBI have found that they are unable to grasp items or speak properly. Others have lost the ability to write, even though they were writers before the damage was done. But though there are many consequences and complications that can arise from a brain injury, there is hope in the form of rehabilitation and treatment.
Such treatment has done wonders for one 22-year-old man. The man was involved in a car accident when he was 6-years-old that caused his brain injury. This left him with physical issues that he apparently uses art to get his mind off of. According to reports, the 22-year-old is an aspiring artist, even though he has been battling the effects of his brain injury for the majority of his life. Those effects initially included a near-complete inability to move any part of his body but he is now much more mobile.
His therapy team has incorporated art into his treatment regimen and the results are showing. In addition to receiving therapy, the man also receives vocational training through his treatment center. There, he takes any classes he can that are associated with art and he has even taught an art class at an elementary school.
Having extracurricular activities or hobbies and using it as therapy, an individual with TBI can keep their mind sharp and active and slowly start to heal.
Source: Saline Reporter, "SALINE: Despite traumatic brain injury, Jamal Bell thriving artist," Oct. 30, 2012