The Brain Injury Saved My Life

Here’s one person who found the good amidst the bad.


Now I know it’s kind of hard to believe, and every brain injury is different, but in my case my brain injury saved my life. I was on the wrong path for a long time. In the year 2012 I had no goals, no future plans, I had been recently kicked out of UNH, and I was going nowhere. My top priority was partying.

In high school I was never the “partying” type… until I got into college. It opened a whole new door for me. Being underage and drunk felt bad ass I’m not gonna lie. Plus when you’re drunk you feel that gives you the excuse to either be:

  • a slut
  • a man-whore
  • an asshole
  • annoying
  • or friendly to people you’re usually not friendly to

I liked to party because it made me feel infinite. I felt I was on top of the world. I mean don’t…

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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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