It’s not like you have cancer or something
This really hurts my feelings, that someone would have the nerve to say that. No one knows what it’s like to have a brain injury or concussion until they have one, just like no one can know what it’s like to have cancer until they have it. I can’t speak about having cancer because I’ve never had it but I can speak about having a brain injury.
I don’t know if they can be compared, I know they’re not alike, but telling someone their Brain Injury or concussion is not as bad as having cancer is very disrespectful, acting like it’s no bid deal. A concussion is a very big deal and it’s very insulting for someone to tell you that it’s not.
You life changes, your friends change, your future changes and having people act like you’re just making it up, like it’s no big deal, is definitely something you don’t need in your life. Wether it’s a Brain Injury, whatever type of injury, disease or problem you have, no one has the right to compare it to anything else.
Friends are supposed to be there and support you no matter what, wether it’s cancer or a concussion, even if they don’t fully understand what you’re going through.
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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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2 thoughts on “Don’t tell me it’s not that bad”
Maria, I think that this is taken out of context. People who do not have Epilepsy may not understand how difficult it is to contend with the negatives associated with it.
You’re right but if they know much about it they should just not talk about it. We have a saying in Puerto Rico “Calladito te ves más bonito” which I basically translates to “you look better when you’re quiet”, so it’s ok if they don’t know about it, I learned about epilepsy after I started having seizures but if they don’t know they shouldn’t be commenting on it.