April 13, 2015— 18 years ago, Amy Morosini woke up in the Intensive Care Unit of San Francisco General Hospital after falling out of a third story window of her ex-boyfriend’s apartment in what police labeled as a “suspicious occurrence.”
The fall caused her to sustain traumatic brain injury (TBI) and from then on, she have suffered TBI-related depression, alcohol abuse, and obesity. However, she have managed to turn her life around and she wants to share her journey and her inspiration to everyone through her book, Picking Up The Pieces, A TBI Survivor’s Story. “I truly believe that by sharing my story, my struggles, and my survival, I will be able to save the lives of others who also face a life with a TBI,” she said.
She has launched a PubSlush campaign to seek help from the crowdfunding community to bring her story to the bookshelves and therefore inspire other people who may be suffering from TBI as well. She seeks to raise $25,000, which will go into independently publishing her book.
“Meeting a number of our wounded warriors with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) inspired me to write this book. Our servicemen and women are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBIs and they wonder how they are going to live the rest of their lives like this. I’ve been there, and I want to show them that if I can make it, so can they,” says Morosini.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day, with TBI and PTSD as the underlying cause. Morosini, now a wife and mother, wants to share her story to these servicemen and to every other American that although there is not cure for TBI and PTSD, there are ways to manage these in a healthy and constructive way.
Morosini, a journalism and mass media college graduate, used to be an athlete in high school and college but after sustaining TBI, her life turned around. There was nerve damage in her legs as well on the right side of her body and limbs. To cope with these, she fell into alcoholism and overall living an unhealthy lifestyle. However, being inspired by people like Scott Rigsby, the first double amputee to complete the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, made her take a harder look at her life and where it is going.
She also had a sobering news when her son was diagnosed with severe cognitive disability, which made her want to make an effort to be healthy and fit and be there for her children.
She shares, “Endurance sports has become my magic pill in managing and controlling my TBI and PTSD. It may not be every TBI survivor’s magic pill, but I truly believe that each and every person struggling with a TBI and PTSD has some sort of magic pill and I want to help motivate and inspire others to look for and find theirs,” says Morosini.
Through the PubSlush campaign, she hopes that she can complete and publish the book, with free copies going to every veteran and wounded servicemen returning home from the battlefield and are suffering TBI and PTSD.
About Amy Morosini
Amy is a 46 year old wife and mother of three boys (11 year old twins and a special needs 8 year old). In 1997, Amy suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury when she fell out of a 3rd story window. Amy now competes in marathons and triathlons in order to help inspire wounded warriors with TBI/PTSD. In addition, Amy also volunteers her time working with veterans in the Integrated Brain Health & Wellness Center at the VA in Martinez, CA.