Surviving Brain Injury

Surviving Brain injury

If you think you have had a real bad day as the dog got out of the gate, you had a fight with your boss, your work is behind schedule and you forgot to buy milk, well that would have been the best day of my life as I would have felt safe to fetch the dog from beyond the safety of the gate, fighting with my boss and knowing my work was behind would be ordinary as we all have stress at the office and it would mean I can work again and if I forgot the milk it would mean my taste had returned I had been able to drive to fetch it and that would be awesome.

Survival from a brain injury is incredible the brain is one of our organs really important and there are no two injuries alike this makes recovery difficult and challenging for each individual. Things we have to be extra cautious about like just to walk in a straight line or know where we are at any time of the day are small parts of my recovery I cannot even start on the more difficult tasks as people will not believe me they will say oh it can’t be that bad he is just trying to get attention he looks fine so he is better now. The great sadness of TBI not seeing the scar means you have no injury and all is fine. TBI comes in various forms could be from a massive bump to the head or a natural incident which happen within the brain whichever way it occurred it is bad and your life simply is not the same anymore.

I am no professor of TBI I just know of people who bear this invisible injury as I do they are the strongest men and woman I know, they are a huge reason for my rehabilitation, a big reason for my great recovery and I know we are good friends Anton and Roxanne bring great joy to my world they are warriors and I look up to them. I get such great guidance and simple fulfilment from them even when we sit close to each other in class I feel their great and lively vibe when Anton walks past as I sit quietly on the bench outdoors I see this great strong man going about his business his way just a man who has stood tall and walks proud brings great joy to my heart. Roxanne and I regularly sit next to one another in class and are told several times to quieten down; she has always got this incredible smile which tells of life and adventure a smile which I am so grateful to be able to look at.

I do know I am not the same man born forty seven years ago this is just fine as I now get to walk a different path in life I get to experience a different part of me which I never even knew existed and for this I will have to give up on that other man let him go and thank him for getting me here thank him for being so strong on that lonely road and walk proud in his shoes. He was a proud man who walked strong and never gave up ever, I am the proof of this for if he did give up on that lonely August evening I would now just be fertilizer and energy floating around trying to find a new host one that I would never know or understand. Now I understand and know who I am, I am just a proud and simple man who lives with TBI

My beautiful wife Ange has now been able to set up an account for us to be able to get to New York to run the marathon and for me to be able to talk to as many people on TBI, I am now a TBI warrior I have a mission in life I will spread the word on this invisible injury I am going to cross that finish line for all the people that cannot and I will tell all of TBI.

My Back a Buddy account will be up soon and I will post the details on my blog this is an international fund account and without donations from just ordinary people I will not make the New York marathon I am in the hands of others but I know I will get there I know this I have my big sister Nicole in Halifax England who has started raising funds for me. I also have friends who have said they will help in whichever way they can yes Penny thank you, thank all of you for believing in me. I have survived a brain injury I stood up for I have so much more to do I will cross that finish line and know that my work on TBI awareness would have just started.









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