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Keeping it green


One year ago was a day that I will never forget. I was just a typical 18 year old girl; I was very active. I loved sports, running, school, hanging out with my friends. Little did i know that night my whole world was going to change for the worse.

I went to a nearby field with my two brothers to play football. My brother can throw pretty hard, and thought it would be funny to drill the football into the back of my head when I was looking away. I immediately collapsed and fell to the ground. Things looked fuzzy, I had a LOUD ringing in my ears, and i saw stars. But me, being the tough, athletic girl that I was didn’t think much of it. I got right back up despite the symptoms that I was feeling. I continued doing sprints on the field, and pushing myself to…

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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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