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I was fourteen when it happened on a rain-slicked highway. My dad was a passenger in a car that slid into a pile of other cars when he hit his head, too hard ...

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.

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New from Janna

When We Show Up

April 14, 2014

When We Show Up

For Janna Leyde, her father, and her other students, yoga is often "the path away from the unfairness"

 
To the Kids

March 10, 2014

To the Kids

Brainline blogger Janna Leyde writes a letter to other kids out there like her who have a parent with a brain injury.

 
Faith

February 10, 2014

Faith

BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde talks about the ongoing struggles of growing up with a father — and family — that changed because of a brain injury.

 

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April 14, 2014
When We Show Up
March 10, 2014
To the Kids
February 10, 2014
Faith

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