Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has published a new article, "Soy diferente: a qualitative study on the perceptions of recovery following traumatic brain injury among Spanish-speaking U.S. immigrants."
The authors concluded, "Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic immigrants held a strong faith and positive outlook after TBI in spite of the significant barriers to recovery. A need exists for programs to support creatively the recovery of Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic immigrants with limited access to care and resources.
One participant nicely summed up the unique experiences of Spanish-speaking immigrants who sustain a TBI in the United States:
That's life and God knows why. And here we are struggling in this country because the opportunities in this country aren’t available over there [in our country]. It’s never available there… Here we are struggling for life. And we will continue until we are fine. Let's see how it goes, God willing. If God wants to take us, let it be. (P507, male, mild TBI, 6 months post)"