Hear their story, in their words, with their voice.
Executive Director Brain Injury Association of MS - and Caregiver for her Mother - a TBI and Stroke Survivor Lee shares her personal experience as a caregiver for her mother. She also explains the mission of the statewide Association - the services they provide and tremendous impact the BIAMS makes in the lives of survivors and caregivers.
Brain Tumor - Mr. Ladarius Washington One of our Jackson Support Group’s most active and positive members is Ladarius Washington. Ladarius, like many of our survivors, could have had a much different, even fatal, outcome. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in his junior year of high school. Luckily, the doctors were able to remove it, and he graduated from high school and went on to college. Ironically, his parents saw a sign for a BIAMS support group meeting while Ladarius was still in St. Dominic’s and attended. They’ve all been a part of our brain injury family ever since. Ladarius wants to take his experience and help others now by being a motivational speaker!
Multiple TBI survivor - Vehicular Accidents - Ms. Amber Dooley Amber is a very courageous young lady who has survived two traumatic brain injuries. She sustained her first TBI at age 9 in a motor vehicle accident and from which she was not expected to survive. She brightens the support group during each meeting, and her story is relatable and very powerful.
TBI Survivor - Mr. Tony Henning Tony is a brain injury survivor who lives on the MS Gulf Coast. He works out every week with the hope of regaining more physical strength, and independence. He is enjoying the camaraderie in the support group meetings and encouragement offered by fellow survivors.
Brain Injury from Severe Infection Mr. Will Parker Will is a 16-year survivor, with one heck of a story to tell. Prior to his injury Will was a highly efficient computer programmer and analyst. After his injury, nothing seemed to help until he received a cutting edge implant - (RNSU) - a Responsive Neuro Stimulation Unit in California at Stanford. RNSU detects and stops seizures. Will is always a beacon of light and hope for other survivors and emphasizes how other support group members, group activities provided by the BIAMS impact his happiness, and well being.
Jodi and Nancy Senner Tharp
TBI Survivor and Caregiver - Jodi and Nancy Senner Tharp Jody is a 17 year brain injury survivor. She was thrown out of the car in an automobile accident on her way back to the University of Mississippi. After being airlifted to Memphis, she was transferred to the Shepard Center in Atlanta. Her Mother, Nancy, is her caregiver and an active ambassador for our association. She is a wealth of information, and loves to help parents and caregivers going through brain and spinal cord injury recovery.
ABI and TBI Survivor - Karen Cadle Karen is a 14 year year brain injury survivor. Prior to her brain injury she was a very successful in the senior level management arena of hotel/hospitality marketing prior to her injury - highly recruited, highly awarded, and well known within top global agencies for VIP clients and events. She was preparing to launch her own consulting company when the injury occurred. Unknown to Karen, her firewood had been sprayed with chemical pesticides and on Super Bowl Sunday of 2007, the ensuing damage caused a brain injury which left her fighting for her life for years, and turned her world upside down. Karen's story has been featured in local and national publications. In April 2020 a teen driver texting hit the stopped vehicle she was riding in at 40 mph. She sustained a concussion and back injury, and is continuing her recover from these injuries.
TBI - Skull Fractures and SCI - Ms. Kim Logan Kim has an amazing story of survival. While getting archive files at work, she fell 15 feet through the ceiling, with her right side and skull taking the impact. To look at her you would never know she is a 15-year survivor. She helped form and continues to facilitate the Brain Injury Support Group in Hattiesburg, MS.
Terri and Phil Galloway
Parents and Caregivers - Terri and Phil Galloway Terri and Phil are caregivers for their daughter Jill. Jill, who was critically injured in a vehicle accident at six years of age. The impact on parents and loved ones due to brain injury could not be expressed more clearly by Terri and Phil in their video.