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Surviving a Brain Injury — Will I ever Feel Normal Again? Video Presentation

Posted by Second Chance to Live on March 26, 2015

Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. Recently, I received a question that I feel led to address in the article, Surviving a Brain Injury — Will I ever Feel Normal Again?. The question is one that many brain injury survivors ask, ““I am just wondering…will I ever really feel normal again. I still struggle with depression….and not feeling like myself. It has been x amount of years…?” When the  individual asked that question I thought about a statement that I do not particularly like, but in respect to living with a brain injury, it pertains — “a new normal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“In my experience and for many years, I had no idea what normal looked like, much less; what a new normal would look like for my life. I spent a lot of time guessing at what was normal. I lived in several denial systems for many years, trying to not be impacted by whatever was impacting my life. Once I came out of the 3 week coma, my external wounds healed — the impact of my open skull fracture, right frontal lobe damaged, severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement — and I learned how to walk, talk, etc and looked normal, the impact of the injury to my brain was never again factored into the difficulties that I experienced as I lived my life.

Instead of understanding and learning to compensate for ( but who knew in 1967) the difficulties that I experienced, related to my brain injury, unbeknownst to me, I was blamed, shamed and made a scape goat. In response, I joined in with the chorus; of blaming and shaming myself for not being enough. In the process, I internalized the difficulties that I encountered as there was some thing wrong with me. As I repeatedly internalized my difficulties, I turned my anger in ward — at myself. In my experience, I denied my reality, and defended the denial system that could not accept my reality, in an attempt to not feel less than, for the difficulties that I experienced, for not meeting expectations.

In my experience, I denied my reality, and defended the denial (systems) that could not accept my reality. I defended these denial systems in an attempt to not feel less than in an attempt to not be blamed and shamed for not being enough. Not only did I defend the denial, but I strove all the more, until I reached a threshold in time, when the pain of denying my reality, superseded my need to defend and deny my reality. But I am glad that I did not give up, because of the pain. To read more about what led up to my reaching this threshold, you may click on the following link: Traumatic Brain Injury and Facing Denial).”

By facing my denial and grieving my reality I began to heal.

To listen to and watch the presentation of the complete article, you may click on this link: Surviving a Brain Injury — Will I ever Feel Normal Again? Video Presentation

To read the article from which this video presentation is made, you may click on this link: Surviving a Brain Injury — Will I ever Feel Normal Again?

You have my permission to share my articles and or video presentations with anyone you believe could benefit, however please attribute me as being the author of the article (s) video presentation (s), and provide a link back to the article (s) on Second Chance to Live. In the event that you have questions, please send those questions to me. All questions are good questions. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. Copyright 2015

I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great day.

Craig

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