Our guest today is Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Author of Turn the Lights On! As both a physician and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon is uniquely qualified to write this book. Her resume appears as preparation for TBI: training in science, internal medicine, and treatment of trauma; expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She was already widely published in these fields, an invited lecturer and speaker, Board-certified in rehabilitation medicine, holding appointments at the Ohio State University (where she received her Doctor of Medicine), Riverside Methodist Hospital/Dublin Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Ohio; medical adviser for Columbus-area corporations such as Honda of America, Compuserve, Careworks of Ohio, to name a few.
In 1996 she suffered the TBI she describes in this book, and spent the next 2 years calling on all of the resources she had – mental, physical, financial, and spiritual – to work through her own recovery and find a new “normalcy.” Dr. Gordon is dearly familiar with the many obstacles to recovery from a TBI, including the profound depression that is generated when you are “out of your brain.”
By 2008, following years of expanding her right brain through writing and filming creatively, she was practicing medicine again, developing new expertise in a very precise form of rehabilitation. Her struggles came back to her when she volunteered to perform TBI evaluations at her local Veterans Administration Hospital; she was appalled by the fact that the young men and women she met during these evaluations were so often dismissed and over-medicated.
To increase awareness of the plight of the veteran with TBI, and to offer solutions for this global epidemic, she filmed the documentary Operation Resurrection, which was completed in 2011. In 2012 her Resurrecting Lives Foundation was granted IRS 501c3 status, and it continues to advocate for the proper diagnosis and treatment of TBI, especially in our returning military. A particular focus, based on Dr. Gordon’s experiences, is on employment opportunities as key for rehabilitation and successful re-entry to the civilian world. For over a decade, she has worked with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense, in collaboration with the civilian world, to provide solutions for employment, education, and health care to benefit our veterans. For more information about Dr. Gordon and her foundation go to her website at :http://www.chrisannegordonmd.com and her foundation website at http://www.resurrectinglives.org