I struggled for seven years before I was finally diagnosed with a brain injury; specifically post concussive syndrome due to multiple concussions.
Recovery from a brain injury is a delicate balance between achieving enough acceptance to have a modicum of peace yet maintaining a quiet rebellion which keeps you reaching for more.
When you are confronted with a brain injury or a disease such as cancer you will almost immediately be confronted by statistics … from the mouths of well meaning friends, family, and doctor’s, in medical literature, and on the web. DO NOT let statistics scare you.
What does it take to heal from a TBI? What does it take to rebuild a life or to build a new life as the new person one has become?
I am sure I have confused many people this past year. “Suddenly” I have started talking about having a brain injury. It must seem like it is absolutely out of the blue. In fact, a lot of people never knew I had had accidents. And even when I did talk about them I spoke in past tense; as if it they were something that had happened but that I was “over it” now.
One of the big problems I have from the brain injury is that I pretty much lack an ability to prioritize. I literally am not able to figure out what is more important than something else. Therefore I worry that whatever I have spent time doing might have been the “wrong” thing; that it was something far less important and than something else that I did not do.