Our mission is to be a voice for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and bring awareness to the world.  We hope to educate survivors, caregivers, friends and family, as well as the medical community. There is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding TBI and concussions, we want to be the voice of change!

Amy’s first book, Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal was successfully funded through Kickstarter, and released November 5, 2015. Her second book, Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration is a collection of stories written by brain injury survivors and caregivers from around the globe, and was also successfully funded through Kickstarter, and released November 30, 2016. Her third book, Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury was successfully funded on Kickstarter and released in March, 2016. It is a sequel to her first book. You can purchase on Amazon or here: www.facesoftbi.com/books

Amy and Pixxie

Amy and Pixxie

TBI is the leading causes of death & disability in the World, yet hardly anyone knows what a TBI even is, let alone aware of the lasting effects of a concussion. (by the way, every single concussion is a brain injury!)  Every 11 seconds, someone in the US will suffer a TBI…… Those numbers are staggering!

Amy sustained her TBI in February of 2014 after falling on a patch of ice and landing full-force on the back of her skull. She is still recovering and understanding the full scope of her injury. She is a professional photographer and creative coach located in Saint Paul, MN. She is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, the Goodmen Project, and a loud and proud advocate for TBI awareness. She sits on the Brain Injury Advisory Council for the Brain Injury Association of America, and contributes to The Challenge! magazine. She travels the country with her Yorkie, Pixxie, and brings awareness everywhere she goes!

She believes that the healing process begins with the telling of your story, releasing everything that you’ve been bottling up inside. Her goal is to tell other survivors stories, and share their images. TBI is an invisible disability that many don’t understand. She wants to bring an awareness and understanding to the world, and hopes that people will have more compassion for those who look seemingly fine (but inside are struggling with memory or cognitive issues, such as herself).

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  1. This is an awesome site! I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the FB group and reading some updates on the blog! I’m always talking about my injury to others, plan on getting a bracelet and spreading the advocacy love wherever I can! Check out my blog sometime: TBItriumphs.com

    • Good news. Amy will be in VA for much of March and you will have the opportunity to meet her in person! Please consider donating toward her expenses of coming here and advocating for all of us. Toni

  2. Hi Amy
    Just came across article on Huff
    Smack on – I have all of yours and the other people’s probs. I might add that in my case, my past is pretty much gone (some stuff of before 18yr old is playing hide and seek (driving me nuts), and the worst is the ability to “see pictures/sound/even smell/film like memories” in my own head (inner eye) is non functioning. Although after nearly 11 years I am more calm … managing.
    I’m happy to see that there is a big push in US to get awareness out. Needs to happen worldwide. The diagnosis at the hospital I unfortunately went to after the frontal car collision … was a sprain from right foot to neck and they kept me for about 1 hour.
    They missed a relatively several head trauma / diffuse axonal injury…
    Voila .

  3. Amy you are an inspiration to every one of us suffering this horrible injury of TBI. Thank you for all you do to bring awareness to this debilitating injury. This is an awesome page you have! Keep up the amazing advocacy. I am grateful. As I am sure many others are too!!

  4. Keep up the Inspiring work, Amy. You are definitely a TBI Warrior!!! Thank you so much! I am sure I will talk to you soon, but I just read a couple of your blogs and wanted to tell you I am even more inspired! Very Cool…

  5. dearest Amy

    I just came across this page, and want to sign up, it makes me so proud that you are going out and being OUR VOICE. The TBI survivors who are not strong enough to do what you are doing. We WANT to, so badly, but just can’t. Like you have said, we look “fine” but we are not. So thank you. From all of us. You are SO VERY inspiring 🙂

  6. Hi Amy,
    Congratulations on your accomplishments! You give hope to us all. I have a severe TBI caused by a car accident 14 years ago. I am unable to walk independently or drive but I believe I was able to survive my accident for a reason. Even after receiving a 3 -4 on the Glasgow Coma Scale and almost dying, my cognitive skills have come back. I can write so am on a mission to relay this message to any who will listen: Never Give Up! I changed my mindset from an “I can’t” to an “I can do anything! Bring it on!” I can march independently, I’ve lost 40 pounds by giving up diets and eating a coconut oil mixture in my coffee throughout the day. There are no failures in life, only missed attempts which you learn from! Thank you again for being such a positive influence on people! It’s very much appreciated!
    Kathy Waterfall

    • Kathy,
      I know you were writing Amy but your message touched me. I’m coming up on my 14th anniversary of my stroke it dec. I love what you said about changing your mind set. I’m working on changing mine. I often get stuck on the ‘I should do more, be more etc. I’m sure you know what I mean. Thank you for your postive message.

  7. Amy,
    I’m in awe what you done. I had a stroke and by a miracle I survived. Unbelievably, I didn’t connect stroke and brain injury until later. I was a relieved to find what I was experiencing was “normal”. I had a brain injury. The more of who speak out will feel others feel “normal”. I’m working on my memoir.and my website. You are my inspiration to keep moving forward because you show it can be done! Thank you for coming to our Social Bowl in Arizona. Sandra

  8. Thanks Amy for yoyr story and strength. I’m in the process of writing my story. My TBI happened 10 days after 911. I struggled for 13 years, relearning how to read, write, count my money, and carry a conversation.
    I hope to see you in Raleigh, in Feburary.

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