Traumatic Brain Injury & Christian Hope

March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.  TBI’s are beginning to receive greater attention as increasing numbers of soldiers are suffering TBI’s in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A recent post on Air Force Times notes: In the Army alone, some 114,000 soldiers have suffered concussions since the wars began.”  TBIs have also been in the headlines concerning football, raising concerns  for both NFL players and every parent whose child wants to join a football team. Last year’s football season was dominated by worries of concussions and other head injuries that could lead to brain injuries, but the season ended on a high note when Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, shook off two regular season concussions to win the Super Bowl MVP honors. However, after the bright lights of the stadium go down, the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, become apparent.” How much attention a disease or condition receives is often tied to celebrity sponsorship, a scientific promise of a cure, and as the recent headline Former NFL Player Donates Brain After Death indicates a preference to high-tech, sexy medicine.  Hesitancy to confront the ambiguity and long term consequences of TBI experienced by soldiers, athletes, and even Congresswoman Giffords exposes the awkwardness with which our society, as a whole, deals with caregiving.  A focus on TBIs requires raising awareness of the patient, family and caregivers involved in longterm care – and allowing them to...

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