LINCOLN, Neb. Micah Fulmer says he always gets a little nervous explaining to strangers exactly what happened to him six years ago but he wants people who are struggling to hear his message of hope.
That's why he was one of the four panelists who spoke at the community forum on brain injuries sponsored by the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln on 250. N. 21st Street.
The forum's focus was on how traumatic brain injuries affect more than 36,000 Nebraskans. As each panelist spoke about their personal struggle with the injury, members of the community
were able to hear a different perspective,
Micah Fulmer survived a deadly car crash six years ago that put him in the hospital for months.
After twenty surgeries and rehabilitation at Madonna, Micah is now getting his life back on track.
His emotion as a speaker showed how painful the past few years have been for him.
"At times I get emotional and I'm always wondering what other people are thinking when they see me getting emotional...thinking 'oh well this is from a traumatic brain injury'," said Fulmer.
Fulmer hasn't let his injury break his spirit. He's back at graduate school at UNL and he also recently got married on February 2, 2014.
That's why he spoke at this forum in Lincoln: he wanted to take questions about his experience so others can get answers they need.
Fulmer adds this."For the people that have fallen and are getting back up...never be afraid to take that help that's out there. Don't take your ego and think "oh I don't want that help, I don't know what others are going to think about me."
Fulmer wants people to know that getting checked out by a doctor is important. If you've ever been in an accident, big or small, you may not know you have lasting trauma.
And since long term care can prevent major health issues...it's important.
Another speaker, Gina Simanek was assaulted nearly twenty years ago and she says that she also has to deal with lasting effects from her brain injury.
She urges people in Lincoln to get checked out by their doctors if they think they had an experience that caused an injury.
"Whether you've had a fall or maybe something has hit you in the head, or maybe you've been in a car wreck where the head was even hurt and your head was knocked back against a vehicle, the brain still bounces against the hard skull...And that may produce a concussion or minor concussion," said Simanek.
If you'd like more information on traumatic brain injuries, click on the link on the side.