May 26, 2011 Latest post:
May 24, 2019
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We created it to keep friends and family updated about Sean and his progress, during summer of 2011 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. We update periodically to share the ongoing story. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.
Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.
In March of 2005, Sean was critically injured as a passenger in a single vehicle, drunk driving crash. Sean suffered multiple fractures, internal injuries, but worst of all was a traumatic brain injury or (TBI) sustained as his head whipped from side to side when the vehicle stopped. His brain rubbed against the inside of his skull causing an all over injury, classified as "severe". The diagnosis was actually Severe Diffuse Axonal Injury or DAI. After waking from a 39 day coma, Sean was unable to walk or talk.
As Sean's Mom, I felt that my responsibility was to do everything that I could to help Sean in living life after Brain Injury. I have done everything that I can physically, emotionally and financially to help my son have a happy productive life. My dream is for him to have a complete and full future that does not require me to be at his side 24/7.
Although Sean can no longer talk, he uses a computer that speaks the words that he types. Together we share a program with others called, WhenSeanSpeaks. We talk to groups at Middle and High Schools, Colleges, Churches and others, sharing our story of the effect that drinking and driving have had on our lives. We encourage young people to wait until they are of legal age to experiment with alcohol. We encourage people to drink responsibly. Most importantly we hope that we motivate people with our message that no matter how hard life is, you can achieve happiness!
In 2010 we created a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization, called WhenSeanSpeaks, Inc. that will fund brain injury research particularly in the areas of gait training and speech deficits.
If you are interested in reading our early CaringBridge Site that I created and chronicled the first 3 years after injury you can go to www.CaringBridge.org/tx/seancarter.
Beginning Monday, Memorial Day, I will make every effort to update this journal each day.