Living with a brain injury and being Misunderstood, Maligned and Manipulated Part 1
Posted by Second Chance to Live on October 12, 2010
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Thank you. Last night my friend Craig Sicilia presented a topic on Brain Injury Radio that spoke to a topic that has been and is a source of frustration – at times — for me. Like many of the guests who appeared on Craig’s Radio program, I have been misunderstood, maligned and subsequently abandoned because of the invisible nature of my disability – because I experienced a traumatic brain injury.
After the accident in 1967 and my physical wounds healed – my skull filled in where the fracture occurred and I was taken out of the full body cast to set my fractured left femur – I started to appear “normal” once again. As I was able to teach myself how to walk, talk, read, write, speak in complete sentences I was main streamed back into grammar school with my 5th grade class. Once I started back to grammar school no further consideration was taken into account concerning how the injury to my brain would impact the rest my life, my relationships and my well-being.
In 1967 there was little know about traumatic brain injury or the treatment of a traumatic brain injury.
Nevertheless, during the course of the next 43 years – I was 10 years old at the time of my traumatic brain injury – I have experienced being misunderstood, maligned, scoffed at, excluded, shunned, snubbed, reviled, ostracized, minimized, marginalized, dismissed, discounted, hindered, blackballed, scorned, spurned, disparaged, chastised, reprimanded, berated, criticized, threatened, reproached, denigrated, rejected and abandoned both personally and professionally, largely because of impact of my traumatic brain injury.
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In the event that you have not and are interested in learning more about my journey during these 43 years please read my 7 part series, My Journey thus Far.
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