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Published on Aug 22, 2017
Amanda Burrill deployed for the first time as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy. Soon after her arrival, she unceremoniously slipped in a sewage leak and loss consciousness. Before long, symptoms arose — loss of concentration and memory — but Burrill kept working. One day, Burrill realized she couldn’t recall the brief she just wrote, and she knew something was wrong. She sought help and received a traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis.
Burrill left the Navy and began treatment in a cognitive remediation program that helped give her a renewed sense of control and purpose.
She shares her story as a TBI champion for A Head for the Future, the TBI awareness and prevention initiative from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center: http://dvbic.dcoe.mil
Visit http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture to learn about inspiring stories from those in the military community who experienced brain injuries and sought help. The website also features additional resources to prevent, recognize and recover from brain injury.
Follow the initiative on Twitter @AHFTF_Page, and the A Head for the Future page on Facebook.
It’s important to know that each brain injury is different. Not everyone with TBI experiences the same signs and symptoms -- this is why it's always a good idea to get checked out by a medical provider.