By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Navy veteran Bridget Dolan reached her breaking point when yet another doctor asked how her personal life was going after she ended up in the emergency room for vertigo and dizziness, all while dealing with a headache that never went away.
“I just laughed and said I couldn’t believe I was going through this again,” she said.
Dolan said she felt like she was walking around with a constant hangover after getting multiple concussions both during and before her Navy training. But none of the doctors over the last 22 years had picked up on the fact that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury until a doctor in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center told her to walk in a straight line with her eyes closed and she couldn’t.
“It was just a simple test that cost the VA no money,” she said. “That’s when I finally had somebody believe me.”