I made the change from traumatic brain injury survivor to individuals living with brain injuries, because, neither you or I, are our brain injuries. The reality is that you and I are unique individuals with passions, gifts, talents, and abilities who are living with brain injuries. The reality is that you and I were never meant to be defined by our brain injuries.
The reality is that you and I do not have to be subservient to the limitation (s) inferred by any label. The reality is that we can live and use our gifts, talents, and abilities far beyond any inferred limitation (s).
The reality is that individuals who have sustained or acquired brain injuries do not stop being individuals — to become a traumatic brain injury survivors. The reality is that as individuals, our brain injuries may change the way that we use our gifts, talents, and abilities, but our brain injuries do not change the reality that we still have those gifts, talents, and abilities.
The good news becomes obvious. You and I — as unique individuals living with brain injuries — no longer need or have to buy into or be limited by faulty information, bias or prejudice. You and I — as unique individuals — no longer have to remain boxed in by any label. You and I — as unique individuals — do not have to give up on our hopes, dreams or destinies.
Please read my article Brain Injury, Self-Esteem, Self-Respect and Significance.
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