Category Archives: Famous Survivors/Celebrities

Doing It Best

Jahvid Best appeared to be on the road to football stardom.  Drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions, Best possessed blazing speed that was the envy of other running backs.  Unfortunately, his professional football career met a premature end during it’s second year due to the effects of concussions.  Best put forth great effort to get back into the NFL but ultimately doctors ruled against his return.  For many people, this would be the end of the story.  For Jahvid Best though it was the start of something new.

One of the key tasks that brain injury survivors must navigate is assessing their retained abilities so as to identify what they can still do best in spite of their injuries.  Best understood that though his body was not ready to be tackled by 300 lb linemen, he still had his speed.  Best worked tirelessly at his skills on the track.  The hard word paid off.  Best qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he will be representing the island nation of St. Lucia.  Best demonstrated how to thrive and succeed in spite of an injury!  Though he was not a TLC patient, we certainly think he is a true hero for the brain injury community.  Identifying a survivor’s skills and choosing activities that match those skills is a key part of the rehabilitation process.  For more reading on Jahvid Best’s journey, click on the link below:

 

http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/07/16/jahvid-best-olympics-detroit-lions-nfl-football-track-and-field-st-lucia/

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Frankie Muniz and Stroke Symptoms

Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz recently announced on twitter that he had suffered a second “mini-stroke” not even a full year after he’d endured his first.  Though Muniz is only 27 years old, the staff at TLC have treated individuals who have experienced strokes at even younger ages.   Below is a link to an article about Muniz’s stroke:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/frankie-muniz-stroke_n_4345286.html

 

“Mini strokes”, more properly known as Transient Ischemic Attacks, occur when a blood vessel is briefly blocked which stops blood from flowing to part of the brain.  They should always been taken very seriously as they often indicate the potential for a life-threatening larger stroke in the future.  Anyone experiencing potential stroke symptoms should seek immediate medical help.  You should not try to “sleep it off.”  Some of the more common symptoms are:
Facial droop
Loss of or difficulty with speech, which can also include inhibited speech comprehension
Loss of use, weakness or numbness in a limb
Full or partial loss of vision
Sudden, strong headache
Loss of balance, hampered coordination or even the sudden total inability to walk
Remember, the quicker a stroke is treated the better the chance that stroke damage can be minimized.

 

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Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett was one of the greatest players in football history.  Over the years he began to experience memory loss, mood swings and thoughts of suicide.  He took the initiative to be tested for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is a brain damage experienced secondary to multiple traumas to the brain.  In Dorsett’s case, these traumas occurred as a result of the thousands upon thousands of hits he endured  over the course of his playing career.  Dorsett was found to have signs of CTE.  The link below will bring you to a video in which he discusses his experience learning to cope with the symptoms of brain injury. In addition to providing further detail on Dorsett’s story, the article beneath the video relates the similar experiences of Hall of Fame lineman Joe DeLamielleure and All Pro linebacker Leonard Marshall as they also have experienced brain injury symptoms and received the CTE diagnosis.

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9931754/former-nfl-stars-tony-dorsett-leonard-marshall-joe-delameilleure-show-indicators-cte-resulting-football-concussions

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

Jackie Chan is a Survivor

Jackie Chan has had a long and successful career acting in action and comedy movies.  His movies involve elaborate stunts and fight scenes.  Unlike other actors and actresses, Jackie does not like to use stuntmen in his place.  His insistence on doing his own stunts puts Jackie in many dangerous situations and has led to numerous injuries.  Few people realize that he once nearly died due to a brain injury suffered from a fall on the set of one of his movies and that as a result he then needed emergency brain surgery.  The link below will bring you to an excerpt from his autobiography in which he discusses his near death experience and subsequent surgery:

http://www.randomhouse.com/features/iamjackiechan/excerpt_aches.html

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

Harry Carson Is a Survivor

New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson was one of the most feared football players of his era.  However, behind that tough exterior he was terrified of the symptoms of brain injury which he experienced following many concussions on the playing field.  Harry was eventually able to confront his fears and is now a spokesman for the Brain Injury Association.

In this article from Sports Illustrated, Harry talks about his experiences with brain injury and how he made adjustments to his life in order to better manage his symptoms.  Though the article is almost 15 years old, it’s still just as relevant as a sincere and affecting portrait of the struggles faced by a brain injury survivor.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1013015

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

Larry Miller is a Survivor

Actor Larry Miller has had a long and successful career in showbiz, appearing in notable television series and movies such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Princess Dairies and The Nutty Professor.  In April of 2012 he slipped and hit his head on the sidewalk.  This fall caused Miller to suffer a serious traumatic brain injury.  After months of recovery, he is now resuming his podcast series.  Read the article below for more details on Miller’s injury and recovery:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20635743,00.html

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org 

Kevin Sorbo Is a Survivor

Actor Kevin Sorbo was viewed as a pillar of strength as he played the title character in the television series Hercules.  Few people know that during the same period that Sorbo was playing Hercules, in his private life he was battling to manage the fallout of three separate strokes.  As a matter of fact, Sorbo went through arduous therapy in recovery from his strokes to help ensure his full-time return to the world of acting. Kevin Sorbo shared his experiences in this fascinating article in Neurology Now:

http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2011/07050/Hidden_Hercules__Actor_Kevin_Sorbo_reveals_his.15.aspx

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Frankie Muniz

We usually associate having a stroke as a medical condition of older age.  However, it is possible for a younger person to have a stroke.  Frankie Muniz, the 26 year-old actor best known for starring in the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, suffered a stroke this past Friday.  The fact that his symptoms involved difficulties in language likely indicate that it was  a left-sided stroke, as language is generally controlled by the left side of the brain.  He appears to be doing better from the initial stroke and hopefully will see a full recovery.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/12/04/frankie-muniz-suffers-mini-stroke/?intcmp=trending

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org 

Sharon Stone Is a Survivor

Having a brain injury is often a very lonely experience.   Brain injury survivors may ask themselves, “Who else besides me has also gone through this?”  The fact is that many people have survived brain injuries, including some well known celebrities.

Actress Sharon Stone is a brain injury survivor.  The star of movies like Basic Instinct and Casino had a blood vessel rupture in her brain in 2001.  Through the herculean efforts of her treatment team, she survived.  Stone completed rigorous rehabilitation for her injuries, just like other survivors.  Post-injury, she was able to make a successful return to work, including earning an Emmy award in 2003. So if you ever wonder who else has experienced the struggles of recovering from a brain injury, you can always watch a Sharon Stone movie and know that you are looking at another survivor.

http://trib.com/news/local/how-doctors-saved-sharon-stone/article_cc6e25c9-ae62-5a25-9339-d91cc5197c52.html

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

Irish Eyes (and Brain) Are Smiling

Across the world, the Olympics are a time of excitement and interest.  The top athletes from across the world gather to compete to be the best in their chosen sports.  Irish Olympic gymnast Kieran Behan has a deeply moving personal story.  Behan overcame many serious injuries including a traumatic brain injury to qualify for the Olympics.  His story and his spirit provides hope for the brain injury community.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/sports/olympics/against-odds-kieran-behan-of-ireland-to-compete-in-3-gymnastics-events.html

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