About the Author
Mark Kerrigan, a head injury survivor, has come almost full-circle since his brain trauma. Since April 1989, he has finished high school, graduated with a 3.3 GPA from Belmont University, and has founded his own business called On the Mark Writing.
Mark has relearned how to walk, talk, hold his head upright, and has learned how precious this life really is. He loves flyfishing and spending time with his wife and son, has a great sense of humor and a firm grasp on the benefits of social networking.
Having lived in Nashville, Tenn. since 1985, he is a self-professed grammarian, which is only fitting since he graduated with a degree in English and Journalism.
Mark spent four weeks–most of April, 1989–in a coma, during which time the doctors didn’t know if he’d ever be able to take care of himself. (At least that’s what they told his parents.) After being comatose for a month, his muscles had begun to atrophy (get smaller from inactivity), and he’d gone from a lean 125 lbs. to an emaciated 80 lbs.
Mark’s closed head injury left him with two epidural hematomas (blood clots) on the left side of his brain. The surgeons removed part of his skull on the left side of his head to relieve the pressure and hopefully prevent any brain damage.
As a result of his motor vehicle crash, Mark lost the ability to walk, talk, swallow, and even to hold his urine. As he emerged from his long “sleep,” he quickly realized he couldn’t do what he had, only weeks earlier, been able to do without even a second thought.
It was the grace of God, the loving support, unwavering patience and the kindness of Mark’s family that brought him through and now allows him to serve as a beacon of hope for others who are in a similar situation or have family members who have suffered some sort of head trauma, either from an accident, multiple concussions, stroke or hypoxia.
What Mark plans to relay to readers in this blog, are stories of pain—some of which still make him wonder, “What the Hell was I thinking?”—and stories of triumph and hope. From years in neuro rehab, he feels that though there isn’t an M.D., a Ph.D., or other letters following his name, he’s an expert about what Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors commonly experience.
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