My mother was a storyteller. She had a gift for taking a simple memory and weaving it into an intricate novel filled with incredible plots, characters, and details.
In 2008, both of our lives changed in an instant. My mother was in a near-fatal car accident that put her in a coma for weeks; it resulted in significant traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Through the help of physical and occupational therapists, my mother relearned how to walk, talk, and eat again.
While my mother’s body mostly healed, her brain did not. Many of her memories were lost or changed. She confused timelines, spun different stories together as one, or remembered them as she wished they had happened, not how they actually occurred. If only there was a way we could have captured her past memories and stories?
For those of us who have lost loved ones, there is often great regret that their unique lives were not better captured somewhere to revisit or share with others. Some might leave journals behind. Others may have photos that help piece some of the stories together. But, few will have videos telling their most important stories, offering their sage advice, and providing their distinctive views on the world through their own voice, words, and facial expressions.
Through advancements in technology, it is now easier than ever to record and share stories and memories that define who we are.
I created Visible.me as a way to make sure important stories are captured, secured, and professionally edited so that those memories and insights can live on forever for future generations. I also wanted to create a way to help generate awareness and support for those battling Alzheimer’s, dementia, TBI, and other conditions that erode our most precious memories. We will be giving 2% of our proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of their mission to help fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
Thank you for reading part of my story, and I hope you enjoy using Visible.me to capture your own stories. Start sharing your stories by signing up for a free account.