I am writing to you not as someone who has all the answers but wants to help you find the answers. Before I get into the purpose of this letter let me tell you about myself.
My name is Alicia Payne Murie. When I was sixteen ('97), after I had taken two girls home, I had driven up to 102/66, stopped, looked to my left, couldn't see anything, so I drove straight across, paused, looked to my left and saw a pickup coming my way then hit the gas pedal. I ended up being broadsided at sixty miles a hour. I was in a coma for a month and finished out in rehab in 11 weeks. I got out of the hospital the day I said I would. But I also did two to three years of outpatient rehab.
That was then and this is now. I'd tell you all about my rehab but I haven't a clue what you would or wouldn't be interested in knowing. But I will tell this once I started researching Traumatic Brain Injury, so I could find out more about Left-Right Traumatic Brain Injury (my type of TBI). Not only was I blown away by the facts but I was astounded that not enough was being done. So in January of 2002, when I was a student at Rose State College, I created TBI Raiders. It was while there I began my learning from talking to others, ex: Former Gov. Henry's office, about what needed to be done to help those with TBI. I also started asking questions about programs, legislation, etc. Now nearly fifteen years later I feel I have all the knowledge in place to get things started.
One way is through the Raid Oklahoma Forums. Raid Oklahoma is the campaign for TBI Raiders. It is to help see that the issues and concerns of those living with a TBI are brought up and heard not just in an election but also to those presently in office as well. The forums came from discussions at the capitol with various lawmakers about TBI. They kept telling me to let TBI survivors know they wanted to hear their issues. So this will be my way of accomplishing the daunting task.
The next Raid Oklahoma Forum will be February 3, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.. It will be held in the Student Union Ballroom at Oklahoma State University. But a platform will not just be built on Traumatic Brain Injury issues but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disability issues. This is because once a person sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury, they will acquire one if not both of these. I know many of you know this but I figured I would say something since I've had to explain it so much already.
I have sent an email to every lawmaker for the state of Oklahoma inviting them to this. I would also like students living with a Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Disability to attend. Time will be spent equally on each subject. I'm going to do my best to get a panel for each subject. I will be the moderator and speaker (unless I find someone else to speak). If any of you have some suggestions you would like to share for the event or help out in some way, you can reach me by:
I have a couple of other things I am working on. But I will tell you more about these once I get further along with those two projects.