Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. I recently received a comment from a reader asking, “how family members reacted, accepted, or if they realized your condition before you did?” As I have shared on my About Page I had no idea how the severe traumatic brain injury injury that I sustained when I was 10 years old in 1967 was connected to the difficulties that I experienced in relationships and work settings for many, many years.
Per some background:
In 1998 the determination was made by the department of vocational rehabilitation that I was unemployable. In 1999 I was determined to be disabled by the social security administration. Although I was determined to be unemployable and disabled, family and friends remained in denial. Although I was determined to be unemployable and disabled I continued to have a difficulty accepting that my life, relationships and my ability to stay employed were being impacted by a traumatic brain injury that remained hidden.
My bewilderment continued for the next 4-5 years until I began to accept my reality.
In my experience, I had a very difficult time accepting myself for many, many years because I looked “normal” and was able to achieve beyond all reasonable expectations. In my experience, I had to reach a point in my life where I could no longer deny the reality of how my life was being impacted by / from the severe traumatic brain injury that I sustained in 1967 at the age of 10. As I grew in my acceptance of my reality, I became aware of what I was actually experiencing when I interacted with family and friends.
In August of 2007 I wrote 2 article series. These article series helped me to explore what I was experiencing when I interacted with family and friends. These article series helped me to understand and grasp why I struggled to accept my reality as a traumatic brain injury survivor. The awareness’s that I share in the 2 article series helped me to begin to detach myself from what other people choose to believe about my reality. What I share in the 2 article series, helped me to grow to accept myself and learn to live in my own skin.
The Article Series:
The first series is My Struggle Living with an Invisible Disability and the second series is Having an Invisible Disability – The Consequences or Denying my Reality. Because of the length of the series, I divided the article series into parts. The first series has 4 parts and the second series has 2 parts. While looking through the my Site Map for my You Tube Video Presentations I noticed that I have not yet created a video presentations of these article series.
The Video Presentation Series:
Consequently, I will begin creating video presentations of these 2 article series tomorrow. Because of the detail that I have included in each part of the article, each part of the video presentation will be a little longer. My encouragement to you would be that you take your time and listen to each part of the article video series completely. I believe that by taking the time to listen to each part completely, you will grow to accept yourself and learn to live in your own skin as a traumatic brain injury survivor.
In the event that you would like to read the article series, Here are links to both article series: My Struggle living with an Invisible Disability and Having an Invisible Disability — The Consequence of Denying my Reality
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