One Event Has Changed Everything By: Sydni frazier

My father, Anthony Frazier, was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury 7 years ago.

Anthony grew up fine and took care of his family the best he knew how.

Mr. Frazier worked in telecommunications and brought a good amount of money in for the family. He was a wonderful guy and a hard worker and never would he had thought that his life would take a hard turn. He fell off a ladder and hit his head while working on January 8th, 2010. He was only 40 years old.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a brain dysfunction that is caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head. The doctors that my father had did not really know what was wrong with him so they just diagnosed him with TBI. They used multiple CT scans and MRI scans to diagnose this.

He had short-term and long-term memory loss. This just means he has zero memory of his past and things that happen a month or even a week ago. Anthony's personality was also lost with the fall he had.

He is not the same man he used to be which affected the family and his marriage. Life became harder for the entire household and many of us went through depression.

Treatment was all over the place since no one knew what to do. He did cognitive rehab, regular therapy, and tons of medication. To this day he still does all of these to keep him sane. When depression came, hope was lost and suicide became an issue.

My father is 47 years old now and he still deals with this. His prognosis is that this will continue throughout the rest of his life. There is a small possibility that he might turn back to "normal".


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