Twenty-one years later, I’m still succeeding!
Yesterday marked the 21st anniversary of the car wreck which changed my life forever. Yes, I sustained a severe head injury, spent a month in a coma, and had to relearn everything as if I were a toddler–from sitting up, walking, reading and writing, even holding my pee.
So, needless to say, I was a little depressed yesterday. I just couldn’t quit thinking about how great I was before the TBI and what my life would be like if I hadn’t had that wreck. About 3:00 I thought to myself, “You know, self, it’s okay to be a little depressed on April 8th. It’s perfectly natural. So wallow in your self-pity today, and wake up tomorrow ready to go!” And that’s exactly what I did.
As anyone who has dealt with depression will tell you, stay busy. Get a hobby, plant a garden, take care of your yard–anything to keep you from thinking about how you used to be. You’re not the same as you were before your head-injury, and you never will be. Get over it. Your being depressed about it won’t change a dad-gum thing.
So I write, I’m working on a Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor’s guide to explain first-hand what we, the head-injured, may experience and what causes many lapses in judgment after our traumas.
Wish me luck, as I need to get back to it, and if you or someone you know has sustained brain trauma, let me know, as I would love to include another survivor’s experiences in my book.