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Surviving trauma is not easy
Surviving trauma takes a determined mind
Surviving trauma is falling down
Surviving trauma is getting back up
Surviving trauma is accepting change
Surviving trauma is accepting a helping hand
Surviving trauma is sharing pain
Surviving trauma is forgiving yourself
It has been eight months since my accident. I am learning to live with the loss of some peripheral and blurred vision, constant headaches, confusion, dizziness, mobility restrictions in both shoulders and memory loss. Being aware of every new pain or numbness and wondering is this because of the injury or nothing and it will pass.
The memory loss is the hardest to deal with. Having a conversation, going to a movie or sharing a moment and knowing that in a week you may not remember some of what happened and in a couple weeks you may not remember it happening at all. It's not all bad, I don't remember what things taste like, so anything I eat now is like it's the first time. Imagine what it would be like to have chocolate ice cream or pep/mushroom pizza for the first time at 55. The short term memory loss has forced me into being more organized and I can't procrastinate, so I have that going for me.
A brain injury means I don't drive, I don't do the job I loved. I do take things slower, I live in the moment and that's not so bad.
80 months since my accident, so many changes. Now on disability, lost our home, lost Brandy. Once again we are starting over, no not starting over, getting back up after being knocked down and without brushing of the dirt we are back in the batters box. Give us your best pitch we can take it.