The worst two things that can happen to a writer are losing the hands and losing the mind.
Just a little over two years ago, on 6.7.08, a man who wasn’t watching the signals breezed through a red light and slammed into Murray Dunlap’s blue Volkswagen Jetta. After a three-month coma, Murray woke up to a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and amnesia.
The accident cost him not only much of his memory (which he’s slowly regaining with the help of good friends and a loving family, he says), but also his wife, his dogs, and his job.
We can choose to look at Murray as the poor writer who suffered a traumatic brain injury. We can choose to look at him as someone who lost the kind of life it could kill a person to lose. Or we can choose to look at him as a writer who went through some shit and now has another story to tell.
I recently had the pleasure of getting to know, and interviewing, Murray Dunlap. For the full interview published at Night Train, click here.
Causes Kristen Tsetsi Supports
Planned Parenthood, SPCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America