Traumatic Brain Injury and 'The Vow'
The romantic drama, 'The Vow', depicting a couple dealing with the aftermath of traumatic brain injury (TBI), was released just in time for Valentine's Day box-office success. Many have asked, could something like this really happen? Yes, in fact the story is loosely based on the true story wherein Krickitt Carpenter sustained a TBI and lost memories of falling in love with her husband (Kim Carpenter). Their compelling story about TBI and the power of love can be found all over the internet. However, there are a few caveats to remember: First is that individuals with TBI typically typically have minimal retrograde amnesia (memories learned before the TBI) and far more difficulty with anterograde amnesia (memories learned after the TBI); second, most individuals injured severely enough to suffer major retrograde amnesia also have other challenges such as personality, cognitive and/or physical changes; and lastly, divorce is unfortunately common after TBI - a challenge for all of us to reach out and support those couples we encounter who are finding their way through the often difficult post-TBI journey.