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Brandon’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge page. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Brandon.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and please leave us a note in the guestbook.

Wells Fargo benefit account has been set up and the account number is 1891650473.

Also, the donor number for Carter Bloodcare is 051484. 

Thank you for all the support you've shown to us all.  We are speechless at the outpouring of love and encouragement from you all.

On the morning of Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Brandon was getting ready for work. It was the second day back to his job as a paraprofessional at Fourth Street School in Arlington, Texas.

As he stepped out of the shower, he told his wife Kate that he had a terrible headache and within mere minutes, had collapsed unconscious on the bed. She frantically tried to revive him and when that failed, she called 9-1-1. The paramedics worked on him for a while, then took him to Medical Center of Arlington where he was tested and diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage. Within two hours he was in surgery, which lasted more than four hours, and taken to ICU.

He is in a medically-induced coma to keep him from moving and also to help with brain swelling. He has moved around a bit and tried to open his eyes, which is a good sign, but the doctors say it could be three to five days before he's awake.

Brandon and Kate are the parents of 18-month-old Aiden (see more pictures of this angel in the photo album). They have medical insurance thru Kate's employer, but it will soon be exhausted as the bills continue to pile up. We are going to attempt as many benefits and fundraisers as possible to help this young family and provide the resources they need to get thru this devastating ordeal.

Please consider doing whatever you can to contribute. A donation account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help defray Brandon's medical costs. It is called the Brandon Brady Benefit account and the account number is 1891650473. Thanks to so many for your continued prayers, good thoughts, well wishes, and offers of help. We couldn't do it without you.

Latest Journal Update

Another update

For those who are interested, and don't access Facebook, here is an excerpt from an update that Brandon posted the other day. 

I'm alive, I go to rehab 30 hours a week, and sleep a lot. I can walk, talk, and function just like you! I have vertigo really bad, so I can't walk as well as I used to. I have ataxia, so every tiny thing I do is a struggle, but it doesn't disqualify me from having a normal life. I have nerve damage that left my left side less coordinated and kind of numb. I joke about my shortcomings, and generally find it to be funny when other people can laugh about it too (unless you're an idiot). Don't worry about sugar coating your words, but I hope you're aware that others might not enjoy the same humiliation I do. I can't drive until 2013, but I bet I'm still a better driver than some of the people I share the road with.

Raising my son is difficult right now, but it's temporary and I have a great support system to help. I've had less of a filter lately, when it comes to knowing when to shut up or caring how others receive my personality, but I'm not any more or less of a jerk. I'm not angry or depressed about what happened, because we all have scares and struggles that can only be improved with hard work and determination.

I appreciate, more than I can express, my friends who worry about my situation and helped my wife when things were rough. I have a renewed appreciation for those people, and life in general. I'm glad to be alive.