Today is my brain injury anniversary date. December 2, 2007 began the path that led to years of struggle and over a dozen more concussions. This day always hits different. It’s been a long journey.
When we go through difficult things in life, it’s hard to reconcile where they fit. Like... you want to move past them & you don’t want to dwell on them, but at the same time, you have to acknowledge the fact that they have also shaped you in some way.
Part of healing is learning how to acknowledge our journey…. where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.
Early after my first TBI, when I could barely get through the day or remember anything or even get myself dressed, I never thought I'd ever get to where I am today. Doctors predicted that I may not even finish high school. Going through rehab therapies I felt so alone & afraid. But God had a plan... He has walked with me every step of the way, with gentleness and love.
Today, I have come farther than anyone thought...especially me. Even with having suffered more concussions through the years, I’ve learned, grown, and become the person I am today through all of it.
I used to be ashamed of having a brain injury. But not anymore.Even though I still struggle with symptoms- such as headaches, fatigue, vision, balance and more- I’m proud to be a survivor. More than that, I’m proud to be part of the amazing brain Injury community - who has inspired me every day & reminded me that we are not alone!
If one thing comes out of this journey, if I can help anyone else to know there is hope for them, that God loves them… then it has all been worth it.
Whatever you are going through, remember that your story doesn’t define who you are. But it DOES matter! You are the ONLY ONE with a story exactly like yours! Be encouraged. Your journey matters. God is always at work, even in ways we don’t see!