In my experience, I have found that many people are unable to accept my reality – for whatever reasons. Several years ago I wrote a 4 part series My Struggle Living with an Invisible Disability to share what I learned through my experience. After I wrote that 4 part series, I felt led to write a follow-up 2 part series Having an Invisible Disability – The Consequences of Denying my Reality.
What I discovered was a hard pill to swallow. Not everyone is going to understand or be willing to understand or for that matter accept who I have become in my reality. What I also discovered was that I am ultimately the only one who needs to accept and understand who I am as an individual living with a brain injury. Through accepting my reality, I am empowered to live as a brain injury survivor.
As I understand and accept who I am in my reality, I am able to embrace myself – regardless of whether anyone else gets or understands my reality – as an individual living with a brain injury. With my awareness and acceptance am empowered in my reality.
Consequently, I would encourage each individual — who is living with a brain injury – to spend time learning how their specific brain injury (ies) have affected their cognitive and psycho-social abilities. Through better understanding how our brains have been affected by our injuries, we are better able to accept who we are in our realities. As a consequence, we are better equipped to share who we are in our realities with our family and friends.
“Do not judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
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