Brian Keyner – Ex-Police Officer – Brain Injury
My name is Brian James Keyner, and I am a brain-injury survivor. My life was changed forever on November 22, 2008. I was a police officer in foot pursuit of a suspect when I was struck by a car. I was in a coma for 15 days, in In-patient Rehabilitation for 4 months and Out-patient Rehabilitation off and on for 5 years. Against my wishes I had to retire as a police officer, was divorced from my wife at the time, had to learn how to walk, speak and drive again all as a 30 yr. old adult. I was on several medications from antidepressants, pain medication, mood disorder medications, antispasmodics, and insomnia medications. Even though I believe the accident changed many aspects my life for the better, I had remarried a wonderful wife and had beautiful children, my life and marriage was rocky due to my frustrations and recovery from suffering a traumatic brain injury. I was full of anger, frustration and lived with physical pain on a daily basis. The medication prescribed to me did not seem to be helping. Medical Cannabis helped me improve areas of my life that the medication was unable to accomplish. Through determination and the use of Medical Cannabis, improvement soon followed. I was eventually able stop taking my pain medications then depression and mood disorder medications and given the ability to focus on my family and life again. My marriage is mending as I was given back a sense of control of who I am and who I want to become. I am LIVING PROOF that Medical Cannabis has great benefits both physically, mentally and emotionally. I want to share my journey and use of cannabis in hope that it inspires and gives hope to other brain injury survivors and their family members.