Monday, March 13, 2017

After the Cheering Stops

Brenda's story is heart wrenching.  As tough as it was for her to tell it, we must be tough and read it.  Concussions are a serious injury.  Not just the football industry, but all sports need to understand the ramifications of blows to the head and the negative consequence of leaving the injury untreated.

Brenda loved her husband and exerted more grace and compassion than I can imagine.  She was in a tragic situation watching her husband spiral out of control while not knowing the reason why.  Now she knows that he had CTE which has afflicted many NFL players.  However, she didn't know he had it when he was self-medicating with alcohol and pain killers.  She didn't know that CTE leads to memory loss and violent behavior.  She didn't know that the man she married would never be the same after playing 15 years of NFL football.

I applaud Brenda for telling her story.  I am sure it was tough to relive some of those memories and even admit to her own mistakes.  She is a strong women, and I hope she can find hope and healing after writing her story.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.