9. The Best Recovery: A Life Well-Lived

TBI SOS – Restoring a Sense-Of-Self After Traumatic Brain Injury

Just finished the last chapter on my book TBI S-O-S. Now I need to revisit the whole book and do another round of edits. A lot has changed for me (for the better) since I started writing it, and I want the book to reflect that.

If all my life leading up to this moment is a rehearsal for this moment, then this moment is also a rehearsal for what’s coming later. You can improve your brain matter at any age. You can prepare for any eventuality. I’m convinced of it. I’m living proof that, even after near-disaster, without any clue what’s happening to you, recovery from traumatic brain injury (even a lifetime’s worth) is possible.

These three things have helped:

  1. Understanding the nature of My Self as an expression of my own unique personal abilities.

  2. The constant assessment — judgement or acceptance — of those abilities both by myself and everyone around me.

  3. Repeatedly practicing my progressively developing abilities, all of which have led to further growth and improvements, strengthening and expanding my Sense-Of-Self beyond the limits it once had (even beyond the limits I had prior to my most recent injury).

Read the rest at: 9. The Best Recovery: A Life Well-Lived


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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