A Message from Dr. A.


As a practicing neurosurgeon, I unfortunately witness and care for teenagers who suffer the consequences of traumatic injury. The best medicine for these types of devastating events is prevention. If there is anything I can do to keep one of you out of the emergency room of a hospital it is a good thing. I think the Think First curriculum and website, by giving you information and practice in safe behavior, will help.

As a parent, I have witnessed my children grow, and just as your family does, I worry about their safety and health constantly. I have recently suffered from the loss of my son's best friend, who died of a traumatic injury. The pain that my son and his friends continue to experience is great. The pain that this boy's parents and family continue to experience is unimaginable. If we can save your community from this type of loss our task is complete.

Lastly, I would like to remind you that I was a kid too. I remember going to junior high school No. 189. It was lonely and difficult. My theme song was "I am a rock, I am an island," so this gives you an idea of what it was like. Dealing with the changes my body was going through, new situations, new people and my family wasn't easy. There was a cool teacher, Mrs. Pizer, who got us kids together in "rap sessions." We shared our experiences and realized we were all undergoing similar stresses. At first we were alone together, then, "we got it together" and we were no longer alone. So I would like to remind you that what you're going through is not all that unique.

Try to share your experiences with your friends and family, it will make it easier. You are not alone in this journey, you will get through it. And we are here to help.

Good luck, stay safe and enjoy growing up!

Dr. Russell Amundson

P.S. I have included some lessons that I think might help you.