Brian Webb, Halfsy Hero
Hello, my name is Brian Webb and I will be running the Good Life
Halfsy in the fabulous city of Lincoln, Nebraska on October 28th. This
will be my 16th half marathon and my 22st distance race. Why do I run
one might ask? Because I can. I have been given a new lease on life. I
am a brain injury survivor, and that is my why.
My head trauma happened twenty years ago, a week after graduating
from the University of Kentucky. It was the spring of 1998, and I was at
home in Maysville, Kentucky. My parents and I were planning out my
future. We decided that it what would be best for me to work
with my father as a paid intern in the growing Information Technology
field. I drove back home to Lexington, KY to plan for my next big
“Life happens while making plans.” When I arrived at my apartment I
laid on my couch and felt the twinge of a headache coming on. The pain
became intense, I ran to the bathroom got sick and passed out.
Fortunately, my brother arrived on the scene, called 911 and an
ambulance picked me up. No one knew what happened to me. My
parents rushed to the hospital. My friends who I just graduated with
where there as well. My pastor picked up my grandfather because this
may be the last time he would see his grandson.
What happened? I suffered an intercranial hemorrhage to the back of
my brain. The medical term is an A.V.M. (Arteriovenous
Malformation). Think of the body as a plumbing system. Arteries and
veins as a plumbing system. My arteries and veins became tangled in
the back of my brain resulting in a clot. My parents told me that the
doctors said that I would have a 50/50 percent chance of survival and if I
survive, I more than likely be catatonic.
I was in a coma for three days, awoke and said, “Is this it Dad” He
began to cry. I began rehabilitation and started to become better,
However I then contracted bacterial meningitis. That should have killed
me. I am thankful to be alive. The road to recovery was and still is long
and hard. Running is the perfect metaphor for my new life. I am
running to live! Aerobic activity helps to grow gray matter within the
brain. This and many other discoveries about the body and myself has
led me to a passion to help other survivors, particularly veterans.
Soldiers are returning with TBI and PTSD. Running helps to quiet the
voices and inspires me to stay on the path towards success. I want to
share my discoveries with our soldiers. The road less traveled is a long,
sometimes lonely road. However, realizing how far I have come, I know
I will be successful. Stay strong, don’t quit, and never give up. I will
see you at the finish line!