My name is Janna Leyde, and my father has a traumatic brain injury. Growing up with a parent who has a brain injury is not divorce or death or abuse. It’s no one’s fault and when you try to tack blame on a place or a person, it doesn’t work. Family dynamics flip, roles change, relationships dissolve — the confusion is paralyzing. At some point you realize you have a choice: roll with it and grow up into someone you didn’t know you’d be or isolate yourself and get the heck outta Dodge as soon as you can.
I chose to roll.
Now, I’m fresh into my thirties. I’ve suffered and survived my strange loss of innocence. I’ve discovered how to find acceptance and love. I’ve learned there are no guarantees and there is always change. I’m still here, and I invite you to roll with me.
Read an excerpt from Janna’s book, He Never Liked Cake.
August 11, 2014
Before his TBI, Janna Leyde's father was passionate about waterskiing. Janna thought that love was lost, but she discovered there was still hope.
July 14, 2014
BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde talks about the power of stories, back when her father was first injured and now, sharing her own with others.
June 9, 2014
Janna Leyde wonders if fully loving the new version of her father is strangely like cheating on the old, pre-injury version of her father.