A documentary has been filmed and produced about my mission, journey, and story.  This Beats a Coma highlights challenges experienced during early recovery, life changes that had to be made, and of course, my journey across the United States.  

The full 28-minute length film has been made available for viewing on YouTube (and below). You are encouraged to view and share this documentary with as many friends, family, and survivors as you wish.

Filmmaker Scott Richardson and I are always seeking formal events to screen the film and share our story. Contact us for more information and to schedule an event.


A short teaser video:

The Full Documentary:

7 Responses to Documentary

  1. Katie Brown says:

    Great blog, Doug! Thanks for joining Alice’s picnic beside the Schuylkill this fine evening! Your skill in befriending strangers will be there for you on the long journey! See you at the canoe club! (

  2. laura seeley says:

    Hi Doug, met you at Alice’s picnic the other night. I must admit a hint of jealousy when I see your plans, so I shall have to travel vicariously with you across the country. I hope it all goes well and I’ll look for updates on the blog. All the best and good to meet you.

  3. Gina Simanek says:

    I think it is great what you are doing to spread awareness regarding brain injury conditions. Keep up the great work and I hope to ride with you when you get around Lincoln, NE!!:)
    Gina Simanek
    TBI support group facilitator and survivor

  4. Jean Bashus says:

    Hi Doug,

    My name is Jean I am a CNA at On With Life in Glenwood Iowa. I very much enjoyed visiting with you, while you visited our facility. I just want to wish you the best of luck on your journey, and may God be with you.

    Jean Bashus
    On With Life (Brain injury rehab facility)
    Glenwood IA

  5. Hope Anderson says:

    Hi Doug My Name Is Hope I Am A CNA and I work at Winning Wheels In Prophetstown Ill.I Just Meet You A Few Days Ago.Wishing I Could have talked with you more that day,but you and Chris had little time.I just wanted to say this page is awesome!!I wish you the best in you journey and will pray for you safety On Your Ride!! And I Know that you can do this you can see it in your face!! You have the best smile I remember that the most that day.

    Hope Anderson

  6. Mark Schlarb says:

    My name is Mark and I am a brain injury survivor. My first accident was 15 years ago where I lost part of my right leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident. Even though I lost part of my leg at age nineteen, I moved out on my own (wearing a prosthetic) and worked toward recovery. Last August 2010, I sustained a more severe head injury (from another motorcycle accident) that caused me to be in a coma. Again this time, the doctors put a bleak picture on my recovery, but I rehabilitated faster than they expected. After meeting Doug and seeing the things that he’s done recently, it motivates me to strive for even more in my life and continued recovery (see picture on my Facebook page). For anyone who is struggling through this like Doug and myself, keep moving forward. Feel free to contact me by email or Facebook. I’d love to hear your story!

    Thank you, Doug, for sharing your story with me and taking the time to talk!

    Mark Schlarb
    Peoria, IL

  7. Sarah says:


    Thank you for providing such an empowering and valuable source of information and inspiration for people living with, affected by, or interested in knowing more about TBI!

    Your mission to aid other survivors of this “injury that you can’t see,” as you put it, is deeply moving. At BrainLine, we share your goal. If you are interested, please take a look at the site: Feel free to share it with your readers, and thank you again for working to increase TBI knowledge and awareness.

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