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It was the start of summer and I decided to take a quick swim at our community pool. I put on my swimsuit, jumped in, and started swimming laps. While swimming, I noticed that the water temperature was about the same as the air. Suddenly, a searing pain shot through my head and I lost consciousness. When I came to, I found myself in the emergency room, and my family was by my side. I had just suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

TBI happens when a serious trauma, such as a car accident, a fall from a height, or a violent blow to the head, knocks the individual out for an extended period of time. The injury to my head was so severe that it caused bleeding on the brain and concussion. I was unable to walk, talk, or remember my name. The doctors told me that I would likely never walk again. I had to accept that my life would be altered dramatically.

While hospitalized, I had to learn to walk all over again. I started taking walks with a cane and at first, it was difficult to control my body’s natural urge to lean on it. Before the accident, I was active and enjoyed doing yard work, traveling, and spending time with my family. Now, I live in a wheelchair and rely on my cane to get around. I still engage in social activities with other individuals who have been positively affected by trauma and I try to stay involved as much as possible. But, it’s clear that I’ll never be the same. My identity was shaken and I found that I had to continue to grow as a person in order to continue being me.

Brain Trauma, Life-Changing

TBI is a life-changing injury. The searing pain that I experienced while being knocked unconscious came from my brain trying to protect itself. Because TBI causes such an abrupt change in one’s life, it’s no wonder that so many individuals struggle with the injury. Studies show that about 85% of people who suffer a TBI will experience depression and/or anxiety. In some cases, these feelings are so severe that the person with the injury has to be prescribed medication. It’s also not uncommon for those who suffer from TBI to act out sexually, or show excessive aggression. Some people even have trouble falling asleep or maintaining sleep throughout the night. Life for those who suffer from TBI is rarely ever the same again. And it’s not easy to cope with.

Recovery Time, Still A Struggle

Although I’ve been rehabilitated quite a bit, I’ll still experience times when I struggle with my health. It took me a long time to regain the strength in my leg and I have to be extremely careful about overusing it. During my rehabilitation process, I worked with a physical therapist who would help me strengthen my core muscles while also maintaining the flexibility in my leg. It was during one of these sessions that I realized how much my life had changed. I was no longer the same person who had suffered the accident. I was now a completely different person with new feelings, new interests, and new goals. While this is a struggle that everyone goes through, it’s something that those who suffer from TBI have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. It can be difficult to move forward when your world has been turned upside down, but you have to try.

Living In The Moment

My life changes every day and I have to remain in a constant state of learning. One of the most important things that I’ve learned is that I have to live in the moment and not worry about the past or future. It’s easy for me to get frustrated when I feel like I’m not progressing fast enough, but I have to remind myself that I’m doing the best that I can. The more I worry, the less I function. While it’s always easy for me to find excuses not to live my life, I have to try and remain positive. One thing that I’ve learned is that life is a gift and we should never take it for granted. We should always live each day to its fullest and do what makes us happy. There are so many good things that come with being alive and I would not change a thing about my life. I’ve been given a second chance at life and while it may not be easy, I know that I’ll make the most of it.

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