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Sometimes the hardest fight is not our own

What is really going on?

Nobody goes through a TBI alone. More specifically nobody heals from a TBI alone and certainly nobody goes through the affects of a TBI alone. The effects can be life threatening for the individual, they can be life shattering for the family and friends of the injured. How can an individual that is cared for so deeply, that means so much to us, that gave so much for us, and for the greater good of our nation seemingly go from their normal self to a shell of the person they once were in such a short time. How can this happen? Is this the new normal, or is there hope to ever return to some sort of “normalcy.” How can a TBI do all this?

These are some of the questions and thoughts you might be asking yourself as you see someone you love so dearly start walking towards and early grave. The signs and symptoms are there, you can see it happening, maybe you don’t know why, maybe you don’t know what to do but you SEE IT.

Am I alone in this?

This line of thinking and the emotions that accompany are unfortunately more common than we want, but they are common. Take a listen to Adam Marr, Co-Founder of Warrior Angels Foundation, talk about those very feelings as he describes what it was like to see his brother Andrew slowly and then rapidly fall apart.

So what exactly is a TBI?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is typically the result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. It can also be caused by a penetrating head injury. Essentially, any external force that causes the brain to move within the head can disrupt normal brain function, leading to loss of consciousness, or being dazed and confused.

Among those who serve in the military, explosive blasts are the primary cause for TBIs.

Is TBI and PTSD the same thing?… simply put no. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to Dr. Gordon talk about the differneces in this short video,

What are the signs and symptoms to look for?

  • Any period of a complete loss of, or decreased, consciousness

  • Any loss of memory related to events occurring immediately before or after the injury

  • Neurologic deficits such as muscle weakness, loss of balance and coordination, disruption of vision, change in speech and language, or sensory loss

  • Any alteration in mental state at the time of the injury such as confusion, disorientation, slowed thinking, or difficulty with concentration

Data Sources:

1 — Cohen Veterans Bioscience. Traumatic Brain Injury. Retrieved February 24, 2016 from this page.

What are the common causes of TBIs in the U.S.?

28%

Of all TBIs are caused by everyday slips and falls.

20%

Of all TBIs are caused by motor vehicle accidents.

19%

Of all TBI sufferers were struck by / against an object.

TBIs by classification — among Veterans

Deployed and Non-Deployed from 2000-2015 Q12

Data Sources:     1 — BrainandSpinalCord.org. Brain Injury Statistics. Retrieved February 26, 2016 from  this page .  2 — Congressional Research Service. A Guide to U.S. military Casuatly Statistics: Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Retrieved February 26, 2016 from  this page .

Data Sources:

1 — BrainandSpinalCord.org. Brain Injury Statistics. Retrieved February 26, 2016 from this page.

2 — Congressional Research Service. A Guide to U.S. military Casuatly Statistics: Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Retrieved February 26, 2016 from this page.

How can my love one be suicidal?

Listen to Andrew in this clip from Montel Williams talk about the mounting affects of this injury that lead someone with a family, children and so much life to live for think that life would be better for everyone if he just checked out.

So can you treat this and what is a personalized treatment protocol?

It is our belief that - in a TBI precipitated condition - the initial symptoms are due to the physical damage to the brain itself (PHASE 1). It is during this initial phase that an array of inflammatory chemicals are produced that lead to secondary insults (PHASE 2) to the brain's functioning. Part of the dysfunction that occurs is in the ability to regulate hormones produced by the Pituitary Gland. Comprehensive laboratory testing can detect alterations in the production of important hormones. Therefore, our program seeks to accomplish the following:

Objective 1

Identify inflammation and detect if your hormones are affected

Objective 2

Reduce inflammation while replenishing affected hormones to physiologic levels

Objective 3

Return Quality of Life back to our program participants.

What results have you achieved?

Within 3-6 months

There is noted a significant improvement in: depression, anger, anxiety, mood swings, confidence, memory, affect, and libido. Cognition improves, as does intensity of mild to moderate dementia. Physical improvement – muscular strength. Weight loss. Not everyone achieves benefits in this time frame or all the benefits stated.

In severe cases of TBI, improvement may take longer and recovery is slower. But - looking at the options - the data offers hope of improvement since we are addressing the underlying “stealth” condition that is often ignored by conventional wisdom (and medical treatments for Veterans and Service Members).

The medical literature clearly identifies the conditions and symptoms that are associated with hormonal deficiencies, and - if these deficiencies are precipitated by a TBI - then it would make sense that replacement therapy needs to be tested before rejected.

Whats next?

Were are currently in our Open Enrollment Period for the 2019 Treatment Campaign. You can go to our treatment page and have your loved one submit the form to be considered for funding.

  • 2019 OPEN SUBMISSION PERIOD: May 1st 2019 - Nov 15th 2019

That seems like a long time to wait? Why do we need to wait so long and what can we do right now?

Please check out the following resources below for more help and assistance within the Veteran Community. Warrior Angels Foundation will meet as much of the demand as we can but WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE!!!

Please reach out to your organizations and let them know there is a solution that the entire community must come together to address. Warrior Angles Foundation is providing a service that every Veteran organization needs to make available to its Veteran population, if we cannot heal the underlying condition then we will continue to see the unbearable statistics…

Please put any programs or organizations interested in bringing this treatment to their community in contact with us: info@warriorangelsfoundation.org