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One Man Regains Life after Brain Injury

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A brain injury can happen at anytime, anywhere, to anyone.

And it can be a long road to recovery.

Steph Scheurer shares the story of one man's story of regaining a life that was nearly lost.

Kim Erickson is a lover of music and a concert buff.

"I haven't really missed a concert, you know I went to BB King and Rain was really good and Moody Blues," says Kim Erickson.

With his positive attitude and disposition, you'd never guess he's been through a ttraumaticbrain injury.

"Positive mental attitude so that's what it takes to get through all these troubled times," says Erickson.

In 1990 at the age of 29, Kim was in a motor vehicle accident that pparalyzedthe left side of his body.

After 95 days in the hospital, he walked out with a cane.

"Doctor called me a miracle but I just say I'm blessed. But not any more than anybody else," says Erickson.

Kim says it's tough sometimes because he can no longer do the things that many of us take for granted.

"When you're really quick and run fast and then you can't run and you're able to jump emotionally it's tough because it gets to be kind of a lonely feeling but just keep going you know. Positive mental attitude and help," says Erickson.

One way Kim fuels positivity is through the Dakota Center for Independent Living's TBI support group.

"We teach, you know, how to advocate for themselves and overtime you can just see they're more confident in themselves, holding their head up a little bit higher," says Royce Schultze, Exec. Director, Dakota Center for Independent Living.

"Don't ever give up, you know. I guess I've used a lot of different sayings, you know, like I said PMA - positive mental attitude," says Erickson.

Though it's been a long road for Kim, he says it's one that's lead him to appreciate the life he's been given.

"No matter how bad off I had it, someone else is worse off. Everybody needs support in some way," says Erickson.

If you or someone you know has a disability and is interested in getting involved with a support group, you can contact the Dakota Center for Independent Living at 222-3636.

You can also meet with the staff and they'll help you start working on your goals.

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