News 12 at This Morning / Friday, March 16, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- At first glance, Les Paul Morgan looks healthy and vibrant as he turns up the music and sings along.
A few years ago that wasn't the case; Morgan could barely form the words to his favorite song.
"Didn't know anything was wrong and I had massive pain in my head like an explosion," Morgan described.
He had a brain aneurysm, which leaked blood into his brain. Then a few years later, another brain injury occurred.
"Then I had a concussion at my nephew's wedding," Morgan added.
He struggled with remembering who he was and what he did, until he rediscovered his passion for music. That's when he started his road to recovery.
"I can walk into a room and people don't know I have a brain injury," Morgan explained.
Patty Goolsby, an occupational therapy assistant said brain injuries are "hidden disabilities."
"You can look at someone and never know what they struggle with," she said.
The Brain Injury Awareness Walk aims to promote more understanding about the 1.7 million people who have a brain injury, one step at a time.
"You could be one slip or fall away from a brain injury," Morgan said.
Survivors like him also want to be heard. He says just because he had a brain injury doesn't mean he can't work.
"Their voices need to be heard, they need employment, training and job skills," he said.
Although no two brain injuries are alike, Morgan wants to pave the path to better support for survivors. The walk will take place March 24 at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans. The registration fee is $10 for survivors and $15 for other participants. To register, call (706) 829-0370.
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