I came across this picture while cruising through my social media this morning, and it stopped me cold. I don’t know who this picture belongs to, but they captured what I and many others have felt from dealing with a brain injury.
Don’t be afraid to talk to a person who has had brain trauma. We sometimes feel like we’re invisible. Some of our feelings may seem legitimate at the time, but that may be because we’ve had someone digging around in our head. Legitimate today might not be factual tomorrow. It takes time for everything to settle back to “normal”.
Don’t be afraid to ask us how we’re doing. That tells us you see us. If we don’t want to talk about it we’ll let you know. But by being honest with us, it promotes honesty back. I know I’m speaking for a large group of people, but we sometimes feel that if we don’t have a cast, stitches or bandages, our pain is not legitimate.
There’s that word again. Legitimate.
Talk to us. Don’t be afraid of us. We don’t break easily. Our recovery proves that. We see you, please see us back.