March 22, of each year is Brain Injury Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “Not Alone.” While autoimmune encephalitis is not what most people consider a “brain injury,” the damage done by the disease can be similar. “I have been told by several world-class physicians who focus on AE, that recovery, and in particular the rehabilitation phase of recovery, should be aggressive and viewed as if the patient has had a traumatic injury to the brain such as a car accident,” says AEA Executive Director, John Spencer.
The “Not Alone” campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available. The Brain Injury Association of America established Brain Injury Awareness Month. AEA is thankful for their work.
A note of appreciation to Ms. Bettina Thornton, who recovered from AE, for bringing this to our attention. We are grateful to Bettina and her family for their support of AEA and Florence Forth. We look forward to seeing you again next year!