Man with brain injury turns life around with life skills coach - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Man with brain injury turns life around with life skills coach

Posted: Updated:

Jason Schaffer is going through hundreds of thousands of dollars in doctors bills with his new community support specialist.

Schaffer is dealing with viral encephalitis, a swelling of the brain which causes him painful headaches and affects his short term memory.

He can no longer work and had to leave his job as a restaurant manager in Christians burg.

He has to take 21 pills a day and every month he has to figure out a way to pay $3,000 for prescription medicine, along with seeing 2 to 3 doctors a week.

"I think that when you're healthy and everything is going along ok, you don't realize the type of challenges some people face," Jason Schaffer says. "I was 37 when this happened, and of course I never thought of being 37 and having my life changed as dramatically as it has."

A $25,000 grant from the Earl and Carrie Leigh Doran fund given to the Foundation for Roanoke Valley to handle, is changing Schaffer's life around.

"It allows for us to provide community support services or what other might know as life skills training to our neediest clients," Mae Johnson, Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia.

Mae Johnson, works for Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia and says now they can provide Schaffer with one on one support.

The specialist helps him organize bills, remind him and go with him to doctor's visits, and find affordable ways to pay for prescriptions.

"You lose a lot of your dignity, and that's hard," Schaffer says. "Being able to receive help from people like Brain Injury Services allows me to regain some of that, and that's important for recovery."

Now, Schaffer says he doesn't feel so alone in battling this brain injury. He says the new training is beyond priceless.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:49:07 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

    DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

    DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:16 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:16:28 GMT
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Part of Interstate 581 in Roanoke was shut down early this morning following what police say was a DUI crash.The accident happened around 3:10 a.m. Police say a man was driving a truck when he lost control and flipped.He was arrested for driving under the influence.All northbound lanes will be reopened to traffic momentarily.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Part of Interstate 581 in Roanoke was shut down early this morning following what police say was a DUI crash.The accident happened around 3:10 a.m. Police say a man was driving a truck when he lost control and flipped.He was arrested for driving under the influence.All northbound lanes will be reopened to traffic momentarily.
  • Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:26:43 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.
    Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...
  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:25:36 GMT
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'
    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.