“An interesting experience for me today, a first.” – or – “Yes. ‘You promised to help me with my education.’ No. ‘You will not disrespect me.'”

Here’s a great post from a blog I just discovered today. Not sure how I missed it for so long… But now it’s here. I hope you enjoy it, too.

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( edited only as composed )

“The Alaska Brain Injury Network is a non-profit advisory board dedicated to improving the lives of Alaskans affected by traumatic brain injury. Our board meetings are open to the public. Come join us!”

I did. Yesterday.

It was my first of any such “Brain Injury” meeting.

Kind of hard to believe, perhaps, considering the fundamental impact my getting kicked in the head at 15 has had on my living – but I recovered as well as I did quite specifically because I was not around nor a part of any such support, expectations, etc.

I’ve been intending – “making intentional” – these last couple of years, my own kind and process of a more integrated life with all that my injury was, and is,…and what I might look forward to it being. I shouldn’t say it was the “injury” there….the injury was the tap…

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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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