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Recovering from a TBI can be a 'marathon'

A brain can get seriously hurt in a matter of moments, but it can take years to recover. Victims can continue to improve the rest of their lives, which can be encouraging and discouraging at the same time. While victims may still see results from rehabilitation years after their injury, the pace of recovery can be disheartening at times.

The actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is proof that a traumatic brain injury does not go away overnight, even when you have access to top-notch medical care. It has been nearly a year since a limousine Morgan was riding in was struck by a semi truck. Morgan survived, but sustained several terrible injuries, including a TBI.

Recently, Morgan appeared on television to discuss his life now. “I have my good days and my bad days when I forget things,” he said. He also described getting headaches and nosebleeds.

His attorney said in a separate interview that Morgan’s prognosis is not yet known. He said that, while Morgan continues to fight to get better, it is far from certain that he will ever fully regain his mental functions.

Though rehabbing after a brain injury is often a long process, it is important that it begin as soon as possible, according to WSLS-TV. The key is to get the brain to begin rewiring itself around damaged areas. The first step is to get the patient standing and walking again. From there, TBI victims usually do a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy, along with group and individualized learning for coping with cognitive challenges, if any.

One expert compared the process to a marathon, but one where the runner does not know how long the road is. Hope is required to finish the race.

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