TBI Background and Info – My Stories – new section posted

Work on the book TBI S.O.S. continues. I wanted to be systematic about things and post the chapters in the order that they’ll eventually show up, but that’s taking too long. So, I’m going piecemeal, posting the pieces as I write them.

I’ll get there…

As a TBI survivor, the nature of the injury takes on a different character – it has a different meaning for me. All the statistics matter in the grand scheme of things, but that all gets too overwhelming and disorienting. What matters about the nature of my injury (or shall we say, injuries, since I’ve had a number of them), is that it has always been chronic – long after the obvious issues had passed.

Each time I was concussed, I lost a part of myself. Sometimes I built that part back, sometimes it stayed missing. Some of the things I’ve lost seem to have disappeared for good.

I talk about how that all affected me here… >>

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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.

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