Skip to main content

What the Courage to Come Back Award Means To Me - By Michael Coss

My name is Michael Coss and I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident on May 18th, 2006 which left me in a COMA for 6 + months. After doing some research on the Internet, my parents undertook Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for me and it worked, I awoke from my 6 + month COMA, after 3 treatments of this therapy. I relearned the most basic skills, things that we all take for granted like how to eat, use the washroom, dress myself, and now I’m re-learning how to walk again at 43 years of age. I feel that I am a better person after my injury, and I appreciate all the fundraising efforts that were done by my family members, my friends, my co-workers, my former customers in my Molson Coors Canada days, to raise some money for so that I may undertake this alternative type of therapy.

In my rehab, I started my own Foundation,, I wrote my own book to inspire others to be the best that they can be in their own personal situations, called The Courage to Come Back, to educate the general public about the potential benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen for treating brain injuries. It’s available at,, and can be ordered also from all Chapter’s/Indigo locations across Canada. All the proceeds raised from the sale of my book will be re-directed to The Michael Coss Brain Injury Foundation to help improve the quality of lives of children who have also suffered a traumatic brain injury by assisting them undergo HBOT treatments. I wrote my own book using my laptop, typing letter by letter, word by word, and page by page and it was released and made available on the 5 year anniversary of my accident and injury, May 18th, 2011.

I experienced something very powerful, magical, and uplifting on Thursday May 17th, when I was presented with The Courage to Come Back Award in the physical rehabilitation category.

This was in front of 1000 attendees at The Vancouver Trade and Convention Center where invited guests paid $250.00 to attend this special evening, have dinner, and hear the remarkable stories of 6 individuals who have all had The Courage to Come Back from some kind of adversity. This award gives me the drive, focus, determination, to give 120 % to my rehab, whether it be improving my speech, or improving my walking ability, step by step, so that I may return to a more “normal” way of life amongst my family, my children. I am so proud to receive this award, and I would like to say in closing “All things are possible when you believe”.

In closing, I would like to THANK everyone for giving me a second chance at life by organizing and holding various fundraising iniatives throughout Canada which permitted my father to undergo HBOT treatments for me, my sincere THANKS.