Don Briggs: ‘I was afraid. I wanted to die

Don Briggs looked death squarely in the eye and decided this: It looked OK, even welcome.

That was his view from where he rested in hospital beds in North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas as he made a painstakingly slow recovery from a brutal, Sept. 30 accidental fall in his vacation home in the North Carolina mountains. The fall resulted in a traumatic brain injury, rendering him largely helpless, in ceaseless pain, and wondering if things would ever change.

Briggs, 76, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, was unaccustomed to lying still, unaccustomed to not being in charge, unaccustomed to depending on the skill and care of others. By nature, he’s a take-charge guy. Largely inert in hospital beds, he wondered if he’d ever be in charge of his own life again. Death? There seemed to be worse options…


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