We found this online and believe every brain injury survivor, carer, worker or if you’re simply affected by brain injury, you should read this. This is a very direct and truthful account to how brain injuries affect people on good days and bad days. Obviously, different elements will be stronger in some than others, but we have not posted this to expect understanding from everybody, just some consideration for survivors and the type of fight they face every day.
“Hello my name is brain injury, often you can’t prevent me from arriving and I’m not bothered by what age you are. You are going to be very sorry we ever met. I am going to turn your life upside down, take away your friends, turn some family against you and leave you alone and steal your identity.
You will have to start all over, I will turn you into an infant who doesn’t know how to chew or swallow. I will make sure you have to learn how to walk, talk, and read again. I will take the things you love to do like reading, writing, driving, your job, your relationships and more away from you.
You will work go through months of rehab, months of pain, not being able to call or text your family because you forgot how. You will have horrendous headaches, and I even steal your dreams.
You may think when you leave the hospital you will be free of me, but I haven’t even started yet. You’ll be completely depend on your family, yes, I stole all your independence along with your friends, your dignity and your ability to do the things you love to do.
While I was at it I figured I might as well make sure some family refuse to understand or educate themselves, you will be made fun of for not being able to drive, understand emotions, and much more. I will come between everyone you love and make you awkward and uncomfortable in public.
Had enough? Too bad because I’m also going to make others call you lazy, accuse you of faking it, or my personal favorite, just trying to get attention. I am going to make noise unbearable, bright lights painful, make you feel like you are going crazy, and I’m even going to put thoughts and ideas in your head and you won’t know what’s real or pretend.
I am brain injury, you will be sorry we ever met.”
Written by a brain injury survivor, for himself and every other survivor