The Brain Possible was created to inspire and empower parents, caregivers, and practitioners who care for children with brain injuries. It is a project of The Who Is Carter Foundation, which was founded by my husband Matthew and me in 2017 to change the conversation around childhood brain injury from one of limitations to one of hope.
Our son, Carter Abbott, caught the rare Parechovirus Type 3 only days after his birth. Despite the doctors’ prognosis, he lived for twenty months, thanks in large part to the Anat Baniel Method of NeuroMovement. We were able to see him grow, learn and smile. We were able to enjoy one another.
When we left the hospital, we had been given instructions on inserting Carter’s feeding tube and a class in CPR, but little else. What we certainly had not been given was hope. While I understand the need not to give parents in our position false hope, the reality is that there are constant advances in the treatment of childhood brain injury, including many that lie outside of the medical establishment.
Families deserve access to this knowledge. For us, finding it was a long and trying process. One of the many gifts of Carter’s short life is that it has inspired us to make this knowledge - and the hope it brings - accessible to all families struggling with childhood brain injury.
Carter’s illness forced us to step into larger versions of ourselves. It is our wish that The Brain Possible helps you find the resources, information, and networks to be a better leader in your family’s treatment journey.
The reality is that there are constant advances in the treatment of childhood brain injury.
Carter’s illness forced us to step into larger versions of ourselves.
Emily Abbott, Founder & President