The human brain is the most powerful thing in the world. When it gets injured, as mine did in a motorbike accident in 2008, you have to find new ways to live and strategies to deal with all the side effects that come with a Traumatic Brain Injury. This invisible illness challenges me every single moment of every single day. But I never let it stop me from achieving my goals. Through my workshops and talks I show others what life is like with a TBI, and how they can overcome adversity too.
Hey there, welcome, my name is Scott.
Let me tell you my story. Well, in 2008 I was involved in a motorbike accident in Victoria, Australia, that left me with lasting injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury. This was due to a severe Closed Head Injury, which resulted in extensive facial fractures, requiring a facial reconstruction. To reconstruct my face, they bolted 11 titanium plates to my skull. My TBI was so severe that I sustained extremely severe Frontal Lobe Damage and shearing of the brain. This has left me with paralysis from my shoulder to my toes down the right hand side of my body, causing major instability issues. On top of that, I have a Brachial Plexus injury to my right arm involving three severed nerves. Luckily I have two arms and two legs, because that would suck if I didn’t, right? Unfortunately I don’t have two brains. Instead, I’m blessed with a damaged one, and I make it work really hard.
Scott started his journey in 2008 and has been doing rehab ever since. For over eight years, Scott has been to learning how to be resilient. From the moment he woke up from his coma, Scott had to make a choice. He had to decide which road to walk down and the road he has been walking, ever since, has taught him the true meaning of resilience. To overcome adversity, Scott had to have the right mindset and persistence to achieve his goals. The lessons that Scott has learnt about life cannot be read in a book, they can only be learnt through experience. He is the only person that can tell you what he’s been through and how he’s done it and he knows that it’s up to him to pass on this information.
For medical, OT, speech pathology, physiotherapy, nursing students – the list goes on. Scott B Harris has designed the brain injury workshop to give students insights into what life with a TBI is really like. He shares his own story, explains the strategies he uses to deal with the side effects of his injury and offers a series of exercises that lets the group understand a little about what someone living with a TBI experiences every day. Scott is uniquely placed to help students step into someone else’s world to see what is frustrating, what is useful and how to work effectively with people with a brain injury.
Caring for a loved one or a patient with a TBI can be challenging, confronting, and even bewildering. Through his workshops, Scott helps carers to understand what someone with a TBI might be experiencing. He also highlights some of the interactions with his family and friends that he found most helpful, sharing anecdotes from his own experience.
Sometime in their career and perhaps every day, therapists and other medical professionals will interact with patients who have a severe TBI. Scott’s workshops can help medical professionals to understand just what someone with a TBI might be going through. He will also share the elements of his rehab that helped and motivated him and explain why they were useful. Scott talks thoughtfully and with clarity about what life is like with a TBI as that has been his life since 2008.
“What an inspiring presentation. Scott’s story is one of courage, commitment and perseverance. A wonderfully positive and real story of a person’s struggles and successes. His style is relaxed, informative and natural. Scott has presented to students and staff at Eltham College over the last few years and without question has had the audience spellbound with his journey through tragedy, self-discovery and dealing with whatever life throws at you. His video is one of the most inspiring I have ever seen. Scott is a young person who has a great message to convey and he does it well.”
“I found Scott’s presentation inspiring, uplifting and his use of humor was both unexpected (given the gravity of the situation) and very clever. His professionalism and the warmth with which he communicated with the audience were excellent. I loved the way he shared his story and my experience was of being touched, moved and inspired. Scott you have a very powerful message and one that makes a difference.”
“I have known Scott for many years and have had him speak to staff and students at ELTHAM College over the past three years. His story, the way he presents it, and the response he receives from people of all ages has been consistent and outstanding. His natural, honest and inspiring story and presentation has the ability to motivate students to just ‘have a go’ and never feel you cannot achieve your goals. A wonderful young man with a will to achieve great things.”
“Scott Harris has come back from the dead. His story is both compelling and inspiring. “
“Scott is an amazing young man with such an uplifting and inspiring spirit. From where he has come from to where he is now is motivation for anyone to achieve great things in life. His honest and touching story really resonates with everyone from all ages and walks of life. Scott is a great motivator for anyone to who is stuck in a rut and cannot achieve their goals. Inspirational.”
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