Describing Mild TBI In One Sentence

Something to think about


“What’s it like?”

How do you answer that question on the sidewalk outside a storefront, in between errands? It’s not a one-sentence answer type of question. Just for kicks, I tried coming up with fun, non-intimidating ways to describe mild brain injury, from different views and at different stages of recovery.

It’s like a massive hangover every day without a remedy, but you never got the party the night before.

It’s like the input is working great, but the processor needs to be rewired.

It’s like you were forced to work a double shift right after watching a midnight premiere, and you only have access to decaf.

It’s like glitter, or herpes – once you get it, it affects everything and there’s no getting rid of it even if it appears to be gone.

It’s like the office staff in your brain got downsized, and the only secretary left in…

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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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