Fighting what kills

Remembering Junior Seau

Broken Brain - Brilliant Mind

The past few days have been pretty much of a roller coaster. I’ve been working 12-14 hour days, trying to get my work done before some major deadlines, and I haven’t been sleeping much. I have also made some changes with how I interact with my neuropsych and now when things are not good, I just go ahead and say so. If things are rough for me, no matter how much I may think I should be able to handle things, I have to speak up. And I can’t let them dismiss me and my difficulties — I can’t let them “talk me out of them” when things like sleep and balance problems, fuzzy thinking, and emotional fluctuations are kicking the crap out of me.

I guess I got back into the habit of covering those things up, telling myself I can just push through… and it’s cost me considerably…

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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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