22 years. It’s a long time, more than 20 years in fact. Two decades in which many changes have occurred around the world. I can’t think of any off the top of my head, no pun intended, but therein lies part of the problem.
You see, I have a brain injury, I was lucky to live, so I’m told. But live I did; recovered slowly over the years to a point where I will remain until, well, until I can cling on no more. We all lose our grasp eventually after all. I have noticed one salient point over the years and I don’t mean the onset of grey hair or the steady widening of my waistline...
What hasn’t altered in all that time is that nothing and I do mean NOTHING has changed in respect of understanding brain injury. Much like the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti or the charm of Simon Cowell, it remains firmly hidden. Unless the brain injury has left the patient in a wheelchair or unable to communicate, a huge proportion of the general public see only the façade and assume all is well within. Sadly, more often than not, that simply isn’t true.
And that’s where I come in, hopefully. I too look ‘normal’ whatever that is. Unless you sat down with me, talked, asked about my condition and actually listened; you really would never know. You wouldn’t ‘see’ the epilepsy, the partial blindness, the migraines, the lack of coordination, the issues with short term memory, the chronic fatigue, the lack of concentration, the intense frustration, etc, etc. The list really does go on and on. Millions of people worldwide know what I mean, billions, don’t.
Talk to me.
The Brain Damaged Baron
Over two decades of experience in living with brain injury, epilepsy, chronic fatigue, blinding, persistent headaches, short term memory woes, partial sight, etc.
But apart from that, I'm fine
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