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“The person with the brain injury is NOT the best advocate for themselves…”

~ Amy Zellmer

It was a random day in February 2014 and Amy Zellmer found herself doing something she does multiple times a day – taking her (so adorable!!!) pup, Pixxie, outside for a bio break. Only this day would change the rest of Amy’s life including the work she does in the world. Amy slipped on a patch of black ice on her steep driveway and can still remember the exact sound of her skull hitting the pavement.

All concussions are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and most concussions resolve themselves in under six weeks but Amy’s took not just months and a number of different doctors, but years. When her neurologist finally told her – this is probably the best it’s going to get – Amy said WTF and took matters into her own hands.

Listen in as Amy shares her inspirational tale as a TBI survivor including the oh-so-important advocate work that takes her around the country.



  • Read Amy’s ‘Fuck you’ blog post to anyone who abandoned her during her recovery from TBI (this is chock full of Amy’s best TBI resources including her Facebook group for TBI survivors).
  • Check out Amy’s book – Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury – especially if you or a loved one has a TBI.
  • Suffering from a TBI? Research Functional Neurologists in your area – there aren’t many specializing in brain injuries but they are out there and incredibly worth it!
  • Consider joining Amy’s TBI Tribe on Facebook for extra support.
  • Love Your Brain yoga and meditation for TBI survivors.


AMY ZELLMER is Editor-in-chief of The Brain Health Magazine. She is also an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and TBI survivor.

In 2014 she suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a fall on the ice which began her journey into advocacy work.

She travels the country with her Yorkie, Pixxie, for her #NOTINVISIBLE awareness campaign. She also produces a podcast series — Faces of TBI, and hosts TBI TV on YouTube. Additionally, she co-created The Brain Health Online Summit with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe. She is addicted to Starbucks coffee and loves all things glittery and pink!

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Amy Zellmer on Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Why You Shouldn’t Give Up Even When the Doctors Say This Is the Best It Will Get

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