About Brad E.
My name is Brad Erlandson. My life was turned upside down on 4/26/02 when I was hit head-on by a car driven by a woman transporting her two children and two of their friends, intoxicated, almost three times the legal limit. This crash left me with a T-8 SCI and changed the course of my life.
I have always been involved in all kinds of sports growing up. My favorite was hockey, I started when I was nine, played through high school and at the time of the crash was coaching my two sons in the game I loved. One of the most difficult issues I have faced is what this injury did to my life as a player, coach and father.
I was married in June of 1986. My two boys were born in 88 and 89. Suzanne, has been my biggest cheerleader and support. She has never given up believing that I will recover.
Through the years we have experienced many and varied rehabilitation programs. This is the most important subject matter for you if you are recently injured or have been looking for an aggressive program that will truly take you to the next level in your recovery process. I have known Fred and Rita Nader for years. Amazingly, they lived across the street from my mom and dad in West Bloomfield during the years I was going to college in Georgia in the early 80’s.
The jury is still out when it comes to SCI recovery. It was once thought, because nerves do not regenerate, that recovery was impossible, now, however, this theory has been rejected by many in the medical field. No one knows what will or could happen if the proper effort and support is invested. One thing is for sure, doing nothing is not an option. For able-bodied people workouts are important for maintaining good health, for those with SCI it is imperative. There really is no neutral position.
I have accepted that, for me, adaptive training will be a part of my life, for the rest of my life. I have been able to complete marathons and triathlons with my hand cycle. I have also written two books that track my life before and after SCI, along with struggles I had with insurance companies and my own broken emotions and faith. For the past two and half years I have been working on a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and plan to work in this field upon graduation. I also speak for MADD in an attempt raise awareness concerning the issue of intoxicated driving.