VCAL students gained valuable insights into Acquired Brain Injury this morning when the ABI Road Tour rolled into BSSC. The crew from ABI Road are no strangers to the college, visiting each year to raise awareness and share their valuable message that an ABI can happen to anyone.
Ross Simmons gave students some background into ABI before introducing Bervin and Chris who shared their personal stories of living with an ABI.
After his single-car accident, Bervin spent nine months in a coma and seven months in rehabilitation. He spoke about the importance of perseverance and the small steps towards recovery.
Bervin has progressed over time from being in a wheelchair – unable to speak – to now living independently and driving a car. He also spoke of the value of bananas and exercise in his recovery… but that’s a whole other story!
Chris told students about life before his injury and the huge challenges he’s faced, both physically and cognitively in the years since.
“People wouldn’t know I had an ABI if they saw me walking down the street,” he said. “Everyone with an ABI is affected differently.”
A big thank you to Ross, Bervin and Chris for another inspiring session at BSSC.