The Toll that TBI Takes

My morning of writing has paid off — I’ve updated another section of my book TBI S.O.S.–

TBI Background and Info – The Toll It Takes

In terms of the personal toll TBI takes on lives, it’s hard to overstate the extent to which a brain injury can screw everything up. Your brain is the “central control” of your life, and an injury to it can seriously mess with every aspect of your life. Of course, since every brain is different and every brain injury is different, the effects on your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, behavioral, professional, and every logistical aspects of your life are going to differ from others’. But without fail, a TBI does have some sort of impact or another.

The weird thing is, sometimes you can’t see it right away. Sometimes it takes days for physical symptoms like headaches or balance problems to appear. Sometimes it takes weeks or months. Some people see problems crop up, years on down the line. In a very real way, the brain is a “black box” that seems to have a life of its own, and science is quite a ways away from truly understanding it.

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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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