Life As A Cowboy

By June 6, 2016Blog, News, Newsletter, PR

My name is Kevin McIntyre. I go by Cowboy. I am the one who wears the Cowboy hat at BIND. I will tell you how life was before, during, and after my Brain Injury.

My life before by Brain Injury was a very exciting to me. I am a Retired 4 Time National Champion Professional Bull rider from PRCA. Some people say that I was already Brain Injured just for getting on the Bulls. I have been thrown, stepped on, gored, and had many broken bones, and concussions. During my time riding, I lost the feeling in my right leg. I went to the Circuit Doctor asking him why I was dragging my right leg, he told me it was ok because people get them and it is called a dead leg. I figure since he was a MD., he knew what talking about. The last Bull I was on snapped my back while I was in chute. I knew then I needed to retire before I was dead.

On April 24, 2011, I just proposed to my wife that morning, and had to head up to the hospital to visit my dad before he passed away. On my way home, I ran into a tree head on because I could not get my Right foot off the gas pedal due to NO feeling in that leg. On my way to the hospital, I died 3 different times. When I got to Medical Center of Plano, they noticed that my face bones had been crushed. It took 3 plastic surgeons 12 hours to put me back together. They also told me that I had a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). I don’t know what a TBI was. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t think right.

After a month of Hospital time and Rehabs, working with many therapist, I am getting better. One of my Speech Therapist at Select Rehab (Peggy) introduced me to Valerie Gotcher. Valerie introduced me to BIND (Brain Injury Network of Dallas), and to Karl Heller (who is my Peer Partner Mentor). I have been with BIND since 2011. I have profited by BIND, not by money (which we don’t get paid), but by the satisfaction of helping other people with Brain Injuries. I am the Project Manager of Outreach and Advocacy Group. We go out and speak at Rehabs, Hospitals, Universities (Colleges), Support Groups, and Churches. We are also pairing people up with Mentors for the Survivor, and for the Caregivers.

So if you have any questions about your Brain Injury, or want to know more about BIND. Call, visit, or email us at 972-769-BIND (2463), 1408 Gables Court Suite 2 Plano, Texas 75075, www.thebind.org.

6 Comments

  • Linda Hunt says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Kevin! Keep up all the great work that you are doing at BIND!!!

    • Kevin McIntyre says:

      Thank you Linda Hunt for the kind words. I love helping others that have an kind of Brain Injury. I hope this is an inspiration for others. We sure do miss you here at BIND. Hope you are doing well.

  • Junelle Sims says:

    Is this just for injuries from accidents? What about strokes?

    • bind says:

      Junelle – our program is for adults with any type of acquired brain injury…including traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, brain tumor removal, AVM rupture, anoxic brain injury, and a few others.

  • Cristy Russum says:

    You are truly inspiring Cowboy! You have a lot to offer and it shows in all you do!

    • Kevin McIntyre says:

      Thank you Cristy Russmun for the kind words that you sent. I hope I do have a lot to offer. I am welling to share what has helped me and how I dealt with my Brain Injury. I know BIND has helped me in MANY ways.