Nevertheless, because of my invisible disability and at the time my unknown deficits and limitations the process of obtaining my undergraduate degree took 10 years. In my pursuit of my undergraduate degree — during these 10 years — I changed majors 4 times.
I obtained my master’s degree after attending 2 different graduate schools. I attended a seminary for 1 year and then told that I could not return for my second year until I completed a year of counseling. With this information and because of the way the seminary handled the situation, I decided to go in a different direction.
After working with in the cemetery business for a little over a year I decided to apply to a graduate program at a University. After I applied and was accepted to the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling I began classes. During the 2 1/2 year program I had to repeat a practicum and almost not allowed to graduate — because of the interpersonal difficulties during my internship.
The director of the graduate program told me that he would not let me know if he would allow me to graduate until the day of the graduation ceremonies during the pre-graduation coffee social.
Little did I know that I was attempting to succeed in a vocation that the damage to my right frontal lobe essentially made impossible. Little did I know that I had a learning disability and an impaired ability to read subtleties and non-verbal social cues. Little did I know that I was stuck in a denial system that would not allow me to accept that I was stymied a traumatic brain injury.
Because I did not know and because I was caught up in various denial systems I found myself set up to fail — because I could not accept myself as a traumatic brain injury survivor.
Please read Part 3 for context. Thank you.
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