I understand the agony of watching your child in a coma and watching them learn
to eat again, walk again, and think again after the coma state lightens. I have
been there. And, because it never goes away, I know how each day is a new
adventure! Keep on loving the gift of life and trusting God. It isn't the
same life you dream about after a TBI but it is glorious to see your child learn
how to be a functional and productive adult. My daughter now works as an aide
working with Austic children in the school setting and she loves it! She, too,
looks as though no injury occurred but her fun thought process we have learned
to enjoy the humor and love who we have without grieving for what might have
Really beautiful article. Keep trucking Pete!
An important story for everyone to read and contemplate, It shows the power of
a mother's love, a community of caring and the value of faith in God. Will
make a great book an d movie to inspire us to be more compassionate and
So happy for you that things are going so well! We have a very similar
situation. Our son was hit by a car and suffered lots of internal injuries and
a TBI as well. When he came out of the coma he didn't remember
anything..no past, but he did remember us..parents and siblings. He was 11 then
and just turned 18. He will graduate from Davis High School this coming
December and is planning to attend college and study accounting..not bad for a
kid they gave no hope to! He does have a completely different personality, and
we noticed that as soon as he woke up. But we've decided we like the
"new" son better! There are challenges, but they're all worth it!
I'm sure you feel as I do, that my son was allowed to stay here for some
very great purpose! I don't know exactly what it is, but I know I have
greater faith in God because of seeing my son succeed in so many areas that the
doctors said wouldn't be possible! My son is my hero.
I'm so happy that he is doing so well. You are an inspiration to all, Pete.
There is always a place for hope in everyone's life as shown in Pete's
story and the comment of Southernmiss.
I have to tell you there is something that helps build more neurons, dendrites,
synapses, connections in the brain and is especially helpful after brain injury.
It is from Q Sciences in P.G.: Empowerplus. There are also stem cell products
such as Stem Enhance. I am so inspired by you guys!! Thanks for sharing!
You go guy! You can conquer the world with your positive attitude! What a cutie
My 16 month old just went through his own head trauma. Luckily he was not in a
coma but I worry every day if he will be "normal". I wonder if his
actions are a part of his age or if they are because of his injury. Being a mom
is hard work on it's own, add in a hurt kid and it is a rough ride. Thank
you for your inspiration and for this beautiful story. If you are
interested in our story I have posted it here:
What a beautiful story and a very strong young man and a close family. Thank
heavens he was young and had all that goes with youth to recover. My husband
recently suffered a very similar accident in a fall. There were many, many
prayers but God must have needed him more than we think we do because he only
lived four days. Keep getting better for those who weren't able to
continue like you .
I remember his accident and love that there is such a great follow up story
about your family's progress. I have a mother in-law who had her TBI when
my husband was four (1972) and they gave her a 7-year life expectancy (when she
was 35-ish). She's 75 now and still around; we have been her caregivers
since we were married 19 years ago. My third of four children also has Down
syndrome. It is easy to question yourself and God. With these two members of
our family, though, we revel in their simplest successes. It has forced our
entire family to not sweat the small stuff and develop patience, tolerance and
compassion on a level that we wouldn't have understood any other way than
through caring for these people. Even though it's hard at times, there is
a whole new perspective to be gained from caring for your loved ones this way.
When the times are tough, adversity shows us we CAN do hard things! Hang in
there, and thanks for the great story, Deseret News!
This story has me in tears...what a beautiful story of faith, hope and all of
the challenges that go with it. Best of luck to your whole family, and know
that most of us question every day. But, that just means that we are using what
Heavenly Father gave us, a brain, free agency and strong spirits.
Life changes with a Brain Injury, but it can be a very good life, even though it
is different.In 1985, when I was almost 20, I fell/slid downhill 20-30
feet while hiking at Snowbird Ski resort. I spent about 2 months in a coma,
then months of rehabilitation, I had to learn to walk, talk, eat, get dressed,
care for myself all over again. Now almost 30 years later, I graduated from
college, worked as a volunteer in my field, archaeology (I have physical
limitations that I've learned to work around) at a local history museum,
got married, and have a rewarding life. It isn't what I pictured at age
18, but that's okay.
I suffered a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury 18 years ago today as a matter of
fact. Today I am still disabled, but I am in a bishopric, I play golf 3 or 4
times a week, I help a lot of people. He is young, and reading, as hard as it
is, is GREAT BRAIN EXERCISE For Him! He forgets I'm sure, but do what I
did, Use a highlighter, and highlight the important parts. FACT IS: he
doesn't like to read because he forgets what he was reading when he picks
up where he left off and is confused. With the highlighter he can skim back a
bit and get refreshed on what he was reading. Also READING helps to grow
"Dendrites" in the brain, they are kind of like little detour nerves and
brain passages around the neurons that help to fix the damage in the brain. It
won't get "better" but it will help him improve GREATLY!!! His age
is a HUGE ADVANTAGE for him as well!!! Be protective of his activities, but
don't stop him from living! I think you are doing the right things. It is a
Continued.... Also contact the brain association of utah, they were a good
resource for me for awhile to help me with my confidence. College will have
tutors and a disability resource center to help him as well, when that time
comes. Salt Lake Community was excellent for me, computer classes to history to
even tennis. IHC has an excellent Neuroscience department, I am very surprised
they didn't refer you to Dr. Ryser's clinic?!?!?!?!?!? He is EXCELLENT
and renowned around the country! He has an excellent team of neurophycologists
and a rehab clinic as well. Over the course of years, he should take interest in
his disability and learn as much as he can about it, so he can guard himself
from people who will try to take advantage of him, and people who will not know,
and understand he even has a disability. YES! He can and may recover that much
as I have. Those very close to him will understand his disability, those who are
casual friends and strangers, won't have a clue. Shoot for those days
ahead! I never thought it could happen, but guess what, it is a very STRONG
POSSIBILITY! Keep Smiling!