This may be a bit lengthy. Thank you for your patience.
I can truly appreciate ALL you are doing for your group and your cause. When my accident happened, my mother was called and informed she needed to get to hospital asap because I was not going to live thru this. I was driving an 18 wheeler that blew a right front steer tire and went down an embankment north of Louisville, KY. My family is from Atlanta. I was NOT wearing my seatbelt and I was thrown thru the windshield headfirst. I CRUSHED the T1 and T2 vertebrae of my spine. I was in a wheelchair, then a body brace for 6 months (day and night). Finally able to walk again. I was in a coma for 2 days. When you look at an Xray of my spine, T1 and T2 look like bowties. (not square). They were crushed. Because my accident occured on a job, WC paid for it all. A chopper came out and landed on the interstate and carried me to the Univ of Louisville Medical Center. Experts say THOSE 5 or 10 minutes saved - - are what saved my life.
I went back to work 5 years after my injury thru the grace of God. I worked for a Billion Dollar a year corporation as an Ops Mgr. A company that YOU KNOW. JB HUNT. But it was while there that the stress of juggling a job caused me to have 3 seizures in 1 year. Under law that requires you to cease from driving for a year until an MD signs paperwork stating you are safe to drive. Not easy.
While I can deeply appreciate your concerns for privacy, MY JOB at JB Hunt involved me running criminal and medical background checks on ALL new hires. I worked in Safety. I was a licensed random drug tester. Having said that, I ran approx 200 background checks each week thru USIS. Google up USIS when you get a moment and you will see what it is. My job involved transparency - as well as Identity Protection. It is my expertise. Throughout my 25 year transportation management career, I ran over 10,000 commercial drivers licenses, S.S. cards, birth certificates, passports, etc. etc. The best defense in today’s world - is avoiding dangerous arenas on the web. My personal and private email address is on Protonmail.com. PM is an encrypted email provider. It is listed as the #1 most secure email choice according to most computer entities. My identity and my personal security are the least of my concerns. I have never smoked, never taken drugs, have never had a Facebook account (and do not intend to). Privacy and security - IS MY LIFE.
I have a copyrighted book in the Library of Congress. But due to my head injury, I was unable to get the funds to have it published. I have travelled the country speaking at hospitals and rehab centers. I stumbled onto your site recently and felt I could help some people answer some lingering worries or concerns. I am like you - I have PLENTY OF TIME on my hands. I will NEVER have to work again - thank God for that. What I wish to do - is help people BETTER understand what the rest of their life is going to be like.
I am not so sure how devastating your injury was - but I did not EVEN KNOW my wife when she came to see me in the hospital. When I got released after a few weeks, I went home with the first person that doctors said I recognized - - my mom. My wife filed for divorce weeks later. I have 2 sons I do not know either. My head injury ERASED about a 6 year portion of my life. It is gone. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Everything Erased.
I am a DEEPLY religious man and I was anointed by a minister the same day of my accident. I feel that played a huge part in my successful recovery. I have escaped death 5 times since my accident and the only explanation I can give is the hand of God …
When I told you about the dreams and vision I have had - here are a few. I have predicted EXACTLY what play was going to be made in NFL games several times in front of people. I was not intentionally predicting it - I simply said “Brady is going to throw a pass to Wilson out in the flank and he will score”. And BOOM - it happened. Exactly. After my accident, someone knocked on my mom’s door. Without even seeing who it was, my mother asked “I wonder who could be here?”. I said it was Meredith - she is here to tell me she loves me. I had not seen Meredith in over 7 years and we NEVER had a relationship at all. Ever. Meredith knew I was in the middle of a divorce. Guess what? Meredith is my Step Sister … we are not blood relatives. But I KNEW it was her at the door and I KNEW why she was there. She asked my mother to ask me to come outside. Then she told me she had loved me forever. …
Do I ALWAYS know what is going to happen? Heck no. But I HAVE STUDIED damages to the Pineal Gland and what they can do to the mind. I encourage you to study this as well. You may be shocked at what you find - - from DOCTORS …
My last seizure occurred in Atlanta, GA. If you are aware of I285 around Atlanta - you will know it is 4 lanes each way. I had a seizure while driving and went across my four lanes … I went thru the median and across the OTHER FOUR LANES and down an embankment. A citizen stopped and came down and busted out my driver’s side window and pulled me out. I was still in seizure status holding the steering wheel. Do I remember any of this? Absolutely not. These are just facts I have been told. BTW - this accident happened just after 5pm when I got off work at JB Hunt on the south side of Atlanta. Do you understand the odds of driving across ALL EIGHT LANES of I285 and NOT KILLING YOURSELF or hitting anyone? A miracle. True miracle. The lanes are PACKED with cars.
I must admit. I am not part of “today’s culture”. I am an honest Christian man. I have given MANY lectures at MANY hospitals and rehab facilities - All over America. I came here to offer an ear and a shoulder to anyone I can help via my experience and successes with dealing with TBI AS WELL as having a spinal cord injury. I should not be walking. I should not be talking. I should not be alive. But I am. I wonder what God would have me do …
Have you ever asked yourself - - What would God have YOU do ?
Thank you for your patience and the last thing I wish to do is to step into someone’s arena. I apologize for anyone I offended or worried. I have been asked to visit Siskin Hospital for years in Chattanooga, TN 3 days a week to visit therapy patients to offer positive feedback. Google up " Siskin Hospital " to see this fine facility … I think the difference in my perception of your website was that it was “genuine and/or real”. I hope it is. I have spent a lot of time helping people HANDS ON with their TBI’s … and I can verify that.
It was my hope to help genuine people on here as well … May God bless you. Please do not be offended for my zest and hopefulness to bring something to your site. I do not feel comfortable now with the seriousness of it … I am an honest and open person and due to MY HEAD INJURY … THAT is the only way I can live now. Living the truth. I cannot “pretend” or hide things. I will eventually mess up due to my honesty and frankness. I wish you all the best !