Through my experience and education, I want to help children, adolescents, and adults with brain injuries, live better and fuller lives as I know all too well the physical, mental, and emotional consequences of a brain injury.
When I was an adolescent, I suffered a massive brain hemorrhage as a result of a birth defect in my brain. As a result, I underwent four gamma knife radiation surgeries, spanning over 15 years, in order to correct the birth defect and prevent future hemorrhaging..
I spent many years struggling with the deficits and changes in my brain that I obtained as a result of the hemorrhage. I knew that I was a different person than who I was before the bleed. I felt different, I thought in different ways and I was definitely not the same Sarah as before.
No one really told me what it would be like or why I’m going through these problems. Doctors would check how I physically feel, but not many people understood what I was going through. People could only be there for me, but they really couldn’t understand.
It was from then on that my love for neuroscience grew. While struggling to continue maintaining my once mastered academic performance, I was fascinated by the changes that were happening to my brain. I even studied neuroscience in Sweden at Karolinska Institutet, the place where the Gamma Knife procedure was invented, in order to expand my knowledge even more.
Years later I got involved in an organization called the Brain Injury Association of Ohio (BIAO). This organization reaches out to people with brain injuries. It was in one of their meetings that I realized the need of people who understand and can help with what brain-injured people are going through. From there I started my own website in order to reach out to people who needed help going through these ordeals.
Through my own struggle I can better understand brain functions, brain injuries and brain deficits.