I keep saying I am so open about my brain injury and I usually am but lately I feel like I don’t have to give everyone so many details. Like telling the kids I tutor; I don’t really need to tell them, they’re kids and I feel like that’s just too much information.
Today I was talking to one of the older girls, a sixth grader, and she asked me about my worst fall. The first thing that popped into my mind was getting hit by a car but she’s a sixth grader and I really didn’t want to turn the conversation into talking about my TBI so I just told her about the time I twisted my ankle in eighth grade. It was the only big fall I could think of other than the TBI.
Kids don’t really need to or want to talk about this and I should apply this to other people. If they don’t ask, don’t tell them. That’s what my blog is for, getting all of this out there, sharing my experience with people and helping other people who might be in a similar situation.
So I have come to the conclusion that maybe I thought I was somehow helping people by letting everyone know about it but I think maybe it just helped my ego, like saying “look how brave and strong I am”. I believe in honesty but there are still somethings that are better left unsaid if nobody asks. I should share it when it’s the right time and place.
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I’m an aspiring writer still looking for exactly what I want to write about, with a lot of creativity, imagination and desire to write.
I studied Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University where I explored many different sides of writing through my classes and extracurricular activities in order to narrow my search for an identity as a writer.
I have written for Citrus TV Noticias and La Voz magazine, both of which gave me the chance to explore different mediums in which to write in. Through Citrus TV Noticias I also gained experience in translating from English to Spanish and vice versa, which is also something that I would be interested in working on since I am fluent in both of these languages. I was also an intern at Syracuse University Press where I got hands on experience in what goes into actually editing and publishing a book.
Through out the last four years I have faced a lot of challenges, which helped chape the person I am today. After being in a tragic car accident, being in comma, having a Traumatic Brain Injury, and being in therapy for over a year, I am a new me, willing to face challenges and knowing how to deal with them. I want to write about my accident and life after it to help others, show them it can be done and help in any way I can.
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