10. Plenty of other people have had mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions), and most of them are getting on with their lives.
Brain injury / concussion is extremely common – millions of people in the US experience once each year, and many more experience them globally.
Getting clunked on the head is something as old as the hills. If it were catastrophic every single time, the human race would not have survived. So take courage – you’re in good company.
While brain injury recovery can be time-consuming and there are no hard-and-fast guarantees, rest assured that many people have bounced back after concussion and gone on to live productive, satisfying, fulfilling lives. Those who haven’t had such an easy time are in the minority. And while I am a member of that minority, I can tell you that even the long, hard road has had many blessings along the way.
You may notice some changes in your personality and abilities, but some of the changes may be for the better. I know that in my case, overcoming all the difficulties of symptoms and blocks that were put in my way trained me to persevere and be diligent – and also to pay attention to important signals that I was screwing up again and needed to make a course correction.
Nobody wants to injure their brain. But when it happens, there’s a lot of useful lessons to be learned. And those who learn and adapt, are the ones with the highest success rate.
You can be one of the successes. No doubt about it!
What to do?
Be the best person you can.
Put forth your best effort and learn from all your mistakes.
And remember: This is not the end.
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