If you run a search for Bob Woodruff on Google’s news service, your’ll rapidly learn that there’s been no mention of his condition for over a week now–a somewhat shocking silence, given Woodruff’s prominence as a media figure. The silence, however, is nothing new to those involved in brain injury treatment.
Studies show that immediately following a brain injury, there is an intense locus of concern around the survivor, but that concern is immediately followed by distance and separation. Many people with brain injuries watch silently as they receive fewer visitors and less attention until many times they are left alone for long stretches of time. The media’s behavior seems to perfectly reflect this phenomenon.
Here’s a good site for individuals who are just beginning to learn about brain injury: