WHY I STARTED 22 JUMPS
I know firsthand how traumatic brain injuries can tear families apart. In November 2015, after suffering for nearly a decade with a massive, traumatic brain injury sustained in Iraq, my brother Kiernan took his own life.
My family helplessly watched as his injury deteriorated his quality of life, causing him to become emotional, mercurial, and violent. No amount of intervening, pleading, or outward expressions of love seemed to help. He refused to admit he had a problem and instead covered up vulnerability with bravado, impulsivity, and alcohol.
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