A Brain Injury Survivor is so incredibly strong. What a survivor has to deal with on a daily basis causes them to lose their identity in the world. This would scare the hell out of anyone.
Living with a Brain Injury has been a terrifying experience for me. In the early stages of my recovery I had no idea of who I was or who my friends were. All my friends became strangers and I became a stranger to them.
The Brain Injury was an invisible thief. It stole the knowledge and freedoms that I took for granted. I felt as if I had been given a prison sentence of “Life ! In Solitary Confinement.”
Cognitive impairments limited my ability to think effectively. As a result, I knew that I would have to learn different strategies to help me cope with my deficits. With the help and support of my family and different therapists, I began to learn to use strategies that helped me to relearn old skills and to learn new skills. After much frustration and disappointment, I also learned the importance of developing a mindset that would help me to see the positive in any given situation.
I have come to realize that the injuries I sustained in my motorcycle accident forced me to grow and develop in ways that I may never had been able to if these problems did not occur.
I also realize that Easter is now a great holiday for me. Simply because I can hide my own Easter eggs and still have fun trying to find them. 🙂
The following quotations inspire and motivate me:
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” By: Epictetus (AD c.50 – c120)
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” By: Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
“The real enemies are not on the outside, they are within.” By: Denzel Washington in the movie, Roman J.Isreal, ESQ.
“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose.” By: ~ Michelle Rosenthal