Bryan Dean is trying to raise awareness after multiple concussions have affected his ability to function.

Golden resident tells personal story for brain injury awareness

Research is being done into the long term effects of concussions, and one local man living with these effects assures you they are very real

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and concussions, especially in sports, are a big part of that conversation.

More research is being done into the long term effects of this type of brain injury, and one local man living with these effects assures you they are very real.

“I was riding a horse, and the horse decided to ride me,” said Bryan Dean, recalling how he got his most severe concussion in his 20s, although he has had several in his lifetime.

“In those days they didn’t know about concussions the way they do now. So the thinking was, you’re just going to have a headache for a few days and that’s that. So nothing got done.”

Struggling with the perception that concussions were no big deal, and that people with brain injuries were somehow social outcasts, Dean suffered from his symptoms alone for many years.

“Over a period of time I deteriorated to a point where I started to hide and withdraw,” he said.

“Then I went to the mental health to ask for help… They said I needed to go to Cranbrook for an evaluation, and after four days they said there was nothing wrong with me, and they sent me home.”

Dean was also beginning to experience panic attacks, but the culture of “tough” that he grew up with prevented him from acknowledging it as a problem.

“To be honest, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, that’s what I was raised with. You had to be tough. Well tough doesn’t work sometimes.”

About six years ago, a friend recommended that Dean go see Debbie Gudjonson with the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association, and he discovered what a tremendous asset that can be for people dealing with brain injuries.

Now Dean spends his time trying to raise awareness and education about brain injuries, particularly concussions.

“It’s really important for us to get the message out that if you have a concussion, you need to do something about it,” he said.

“Enough of this, ‘suck it up princess and get to work,’ mentality. This is not a laughing matter. They’re discovering now that people with brain injuries have shorter life spans, Alzheimer’s onset is earlier, and so on.”


Just Posted

Your weekly news recap

The Golden Star’s weekly 60-second news recap… Continue reading

Avalanche control scheduled tomorrow on Highway 1 east of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is scheduled along Highway 1 on Dec 15. From… Continue reading

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Golden Rockets win one on the road

The Golden Rockets faced off against the Creston Valley Thundercats on the… Continue reading

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms marks completion of $381 million project

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read