TBI survivors are capable of going on with our lives, it just becomes a little different.
Here’s the things I wish others understood:
1-I used to say I was tired all the time, I really wasn’t that tired, I was just lazy; now I know what tired is and when I say I’m tired, I mean it. Sometimes there’s really no reason to be tired and I don’t understand why, but I’m really tired and just want to take a nap.
2- Sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone or see anyone just because I know their lives are moving on and mine isn’t, just because I don’t want to get those sorry looks.
3- When I’m asked what I want to do and I say I don’t know, I’m not trying to be difficult, I really don’t know. It takes me longer to make decisions.
4- I can still do a lot of other things, I can still make decisions on my own and I don’t always need someone to do things for me or watch over me.
5- I gladly ask for help when I really need it.
6- You don’t need to feel sorry for me or make me feel better about myself, that just makes me feel bad.
Don’t underestimate me, this is my new normal and I’m doing my best.