Autoethnographic research is a relatively new means of gathering data on oneself to connect to research and theory while advocating for change within a policy, law, and/ or environment. In this autoethnography I will recount the experience of my traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis following a car accident and present a few implications for the professionals and members of the society at large surrounding the issue of TBI such as the need for awareness and understanding as well as the importance of therapy and other forms of care within different cultures. When I was first diagnosed, many people did not know what TBI was, what it stood for, or what symptoms could result. Although research has progressed with this diagnosis, there is still a long road ahead. The first step to change is recognizing that there is a problem. After the problem is recognized, the solution can begin.
Autoethnography, TBI, Resiliency, Spirituality, Family
Quanisha would personally like to thank God for making all things possible. She would like to dedicate this to her son, Khalil Miffin. “Mommy loves you so much!” She would like to thank her husband, Charles Miffin, and her family (especially her mom, Sherrie Spellman, her stepdad, Darnell Spellman and her dad, Milford Creecy) for their support, insight, and challenging her to be the best that she can be. She wants to send a huge acknowledgement to her team of excellent professors who pushed her beyond what she thought was possible. Dr. Hegde, Dr. Averett, and Dr. Sira, thank you so much for your guidance and encouragement through this process. Quanisha also wants to say, “Thank you Rachael Holiday for your insight into correcting and expanding ideas. Rest in peace Grandma ReeRee, keep smiling down on me.”
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Recommended APA Citation
Miffin, Q., Hegde, A. V., Averett, P., & Sira, N. (2019). From Test to Testimony: Resiliency After a TBI Diagnosis. The Qualitative Report, 24(3), 513-531. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2019.3773