SHARE YOUR STORIES BELOW:
In this section I want to extend an invite to those who have been affected by brain injuries to share their story.
In particular stories of trial and triumph or darkness to light type. The vision here is to offer a community-type environment where one can go to find insights and examples from the
road-to-recovery, where people are sharing their personal experiences in the hope of uplifting and inspiring others.
Thank you for sharing your story
and supporting others effected by brain injuries.
OVERCOMING SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS:
Trying to optimize my situation with loss of short term memory I would adopt strategies to enable smooth conversation.
E.g. Word or Name Retrieval; Where situations call for something to be remembered I benefitted from using strategies (below) designed to optimize success in that area.
1. For people's names or things; I'd relate their name to another person in my life with the same name, or I would think of a visual aid/ verb to queue and strengthen my recalling that name.
2. Organization; When things are clean and in a relative organized order (whether in regards to schedule or work space) I found that it enabled me to be more efficient.
3. Sometimes it was as simple or vexing as repeating it over and over in my head until I needed it.
CHANGING THE STORY:
Not fully remembering who I was before my motor vehicle accident I would question my friends about how I am different now, compared to before. I was confused and frustrated when they'd exclaim to me "You're the same..." mainly because I felt so entirely different (whatever that was). After a while of getting this sort of response to that question, I would consider it.
Then one day (2.5 years post ABI) it dawned on me that I have been blessed with this opportunity to re-invent who I was, to re-create Tyler. All I knew was that I wasn't content with the memories of the past that I had, so I learned to recreate myself in such a way that I could love and appreciate.
By changing the story, I went from Tyler, the guy identified with his brain damage and occasionally inappropriate, often glum, -to Tyler, the kind, positive wildcard kind-of-guy.