Stephanie Hutton is on a mission to raise awareness that a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is very real—even though it can’t be seen. “Because mTBI has no visible symptoms, sometimes it’s difficult for people to understand,” she explains. “It’s so frustrating when people say ‘But you look great,’ after I tell them I have a brain injury.”
In 2011 a bicycle accident left Stephanie with a mTBI, also known as a concussion, but not understanding the implications, she floundered for 1-1/2 years. “I thought I was losing my mind—I didn’t connect my headaches, brain fog and dizziness to the accident.”
At Parkwood Institute’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Rehabilitation Program, Stephanie began learning how to cope. During her treatments, she met others with a mTBI who shared her frustration about the lack of empathy for their condition and decided to do something about it. Having worked in radio and TV for 10 years, she approached colleagues at Rogers TV who helped her make an impactful public service announcement to create a broader understanding about the face of brain injuries. Other Parkwood Institute patients joined in. “I can only dream this video will help others on this confusing brain healing journey.”
Read Stephanie’s full story and watch the video that is putting a face to brain injury.