Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? Did you also know that 3.5 million people sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year and of those ABI’s 2.5 million are traumatic brain injuries?
I am one of the 2.5 million people who sustain a traumatic brain injury last year. Yet, if you were to look at me you would have no idea I was part of that amazing group individuals. But it’s important to know looks don’t tell the whole story.
After a brain injury life is much different yet many of the survivors show no outward changes. The effects of a brain injury are extremely complex and impact each survivor differently. They affect who we are, how we think and process, how we act, and how we feel.
That last sentence couldn’t be more true! I am very proud of the progress I have made on my recovery! However, I am still affected on a daily bases by my brain injury. I feel like the day I sustained my TBI I lost a piece of myself. Yet, I work very hard to find that piece of myself. I have learned that I need patience. Patience with myself, with the recovery process, and with others. I didn’t have that much patience but I am learning. However, there are days where the patience wears thin with myself, with the recovery process, and with others.
The thing about it is that you can’t see that I am dealing with that each and every day. That is because brain injuries are invisible injuries. Because brain injuries are invisible injuries the survivors often suffer in silence and think they are alone. And that is why Brain Injury Awareness Month is so important! The more people are aware of how brain injuries impact the survivors the more people can help the survivors!
Do you know someone who has sustained a brain injury? Do you know someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury?