And life is good

I do not live on a shattered island nation in the middle of the Caribbean.

I do not have to walk over dead bodies today.

I do not have to cover my nose and mouth to keep from gagging on the stench of rotting flesh as I walk down the streets of my home town.

I know where my relatives are, and they know where I am.

There are no international figures telling me my troubles are happening because of a pact my ancestors made with the devil.

I am under the radar, for the most part, in all the right ways.

And the ways I am noticed, are for positive things.

I am extraordinarily blessed, and I give thanks.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

3 thoughts on “And life is good”

  1. yeah. Imagine the head injury problems in the survivors. ‘Head traumas’ was one of the main injuries.


  2. Yes, that worries me. I saw so many pictures of people with bandaged and bloodied heads. That concerns me as much as the wrecked infrastructure, in terms of Haiti’s long-term recovery.

    I wish them all the best — and btw, don’t text your donations if you want them to get there right away. It takes time for the money to get to the people you donate to — up to 90 days. And Haiti needs it sooner than that!


  3. BB,

    Oh no, I donated online. Medecins Sans Frontiers, who had people on the ground from day one.

    Yes, I wonder what the outcome of all those head injuries will be . . . on every level, a lot of traumatized people for years to come. However, a ray of hope – Haitians are tough. They’ve been through a lot. Considering the damage and chaos (the main prison collapsed, and the incarcerated gangsters that weren’t killed in the quake got free), the population has stayed amazingly calm.



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