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Linda Beauchene holds a photo of her dog, Duffy, who was a big help to her while she was healing from a brain injury caused by a traffic accident. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Through the cracks: Brain injuries can elude detection and derail lives

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Moorhead - When a pickup rear-ended Linda Beauchene's car at a Bismarck, N.D., intersection in 1995, she knew she'd been hurt, but it was years before the extent of her injuries became clear.

Plagued by headaches, she would sleep 10 to 14 hours and wake up feeling tired.

Doctors could provide no answers, and she became increasingly desolate, unable to understand why someone who had graduated from college with honors suddenly could no longer keep a job.

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