A Brain Injury changes almost everything. You may have to learn how to reconnect with all areas of your world.

Your SELF…

You are a changed person. The brain is who you are. It has been injured. The changes may surprise you, but change is normal though unpredictable. They may include mood fluctuations as well as changes in sleep patterns, appetite, tolerance for noise, and so much more. Every person’s brain and injury are unique. Join with me and other Brain Injury survivors who understand.

Your FAMILY…

Brain injury is often an invisible injury. It is difficult for family members to understand why you cannot perform in your previous roles. There are often many emotions of fear, doubt, impatience, or even guilt involved. Talking about this together, giving information to read, and together viewing videos about brain injury could be very helpful in making the re-connection. There are several suggestions on this site. Your family member may find it helpful to seek coaching with me. I would welcome this opportunity to review coping strategies and solutions.

Your FRIENDS…

Brain injury can greatly challenge a relationship. Your personality may have changed. It may be unpredictable. Friends may no longer know how to react or deal with you. Brain injury becomes a true test of friendship. True friends will be supportive. Brain injury literature and videos will also be helpful here. Once you have explained the situation, if your “friend” remains unsupportive, distant or impatient, you may have to rethink the relationship. You have a choice about friends. Surround yourself with positive, nurturing people to maximize your recovery.

Your COLLEAGUES in the WORKPLACE …

I cannot tell you what reaction you will experience at your workplace. Each situation is different. Not everyone at your workplace needs to know about your brain injury, but there are few secrets at most workplaces. It is better if you tell the truth of your story. When this information is “out,” you should receive more support and less misunderstanding or resentment. For me, it has always essential to “disclose” my story briefly at job interviews with an emphasis on my strengths and resilience at overcoming huge obstacles. If you are having problems at work, let’s talk about it and devise a plan for change.