At 14, Tyler Presnell, his twin brother and his younger sister were in a violent car wreck, passengers in a car driven by a close family friend. That friend was 16 and had been licensed less than a week. The crash nearly killed Tyler, but it did not kill his spirit. Having gone through multiple surgeries, stints in intensive care, constant pain and months in a wheel-chair, Tyler knew that he had an important message to share. His speaking career started over ten years ago while he was still a patient in the intensive care unit at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Tyler speaks of his family, his lifelong recovery and the subsequent pain, and the challenge of living each day with over 80 percent of his short-term memory gone.
To find out more about Tyler or to have him speak at your school or organization click here.”
Just in time for Brain Injury Awareness Month (or People With Brain Injury Appreciation Month), we have some scenes to show you from a local documentary film currently in production. The film is being made by BIRRDsong member Cheryl Green and features artists who have each had a TBI.