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My Journey

 Dr. Cheryle Sullivan shares some of her journey with you. 

After my 2002 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) I was continuing to have difficulty dealing with the losses I'd had, both in my own personal functioning abilities and the related loss of my career.  In 2005 I had a near fatal car accident, with resultant injuries that were potentially life-threatening.  As I recovered from these injuries, my father had a near fatal accident and suffered a TBI.  Almost the entire year was wiped out in dealing with these issues.  Just as I was getting my feet under me in 2006,   I found out that my 12 year old Boston Terrier was at risk of dying due to a faulty heart valve and my younger, and I thought much healthier Boston Terrier developed a brain tumor.  Fortunately, it was a type sensitive to radiation treatment and he responded well.  When I asked his veterinarian what might be the consequences of the tumor and treatment in relationship to his cognitive function, I was told "He only has to be a dog".  This gave me a start, as he would likely be as happy as before, even with cognitive changes, because he didn't expect himself to be more than just a dog.

I began 2007 with a new attitude, that being a doctor and a pilot was what I did, not who I was.  I also came to realize that in the scope of life, being alive and in pretty good physical condition, as well as having the ability and means to take care of myself and more, was a pretty good thing.  I also finally realized that in life, the journey is as important as the destination.  I decided to travel, visiting the last of the 50 states, I'd yet to visit, and while traveling to resume work on the Brain Injury Tools book I'd started before my car accident and had set aside.  This 2007 journey eventually led me to visit all 50 states in my 50th year and to meet many wonderful people along the journey, many with personal or family experience with brain injury.  The book I had labored to start, seemed to just write itself and after I submitted it to
Demos Medical Publishing, became Brain Injury Survival Kit.  2007 was the year I finally found peace, I was able to accept the new me and leave be
hind my medical career and the person I had been before my accident.  I came to realize that I am where I'm supposed to be.  I now know that with my background in medicine, administration, community education and aviation, as well as my personal and family experience with brain injury, I can be a resource to others.

I hope as I continue my journey, that I can help others dealing with brain injury to better understand and deal with the changes in themselves, their family members or their friends.  I also hope to help remove the title "Silent Epidemic" from brain injury by speaking publicly wherever and whenever possible, to raise the knowledge and understanding of this topic among the medical community as well as the general public. 

Let the journey begin!

Before my TBI I'd set a goal to fly an airplane in every state.  Since I had to give up flying and my airplane that goal has now been transformed to presenting about BI/TBI in every state. The journey has begun!
n the first map are the states where I've flown my or a rented airplane and the second are the states where I've presented on BI/TBI related topics. Help me get the entire country filled in on the second map!!!

Dr. Cheryle Sullivan is interested and available to provide presentations to community groups, schools, support groups, and medical care teams who deal with persons with brain injury.  Below is a document that will allow you to view all of the presentations that Cheryle has done to date:  Presentations List

If you would like to have Dr. Sullivan speak at an event, or if you have questions regarding having Dr. Sullivan speak, please send an e-mail to: CheryleSullivan@braininjurysurvivalkit.com

To access up to date information concerning brain injury as well as general health & wellness news/tips, visit Dr. Sullivan's Facebook page, TBI Journey.

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