BrainLine asked our online community to share the things they would most like to hear from their friends and family, and the list below captures some of the many responses so generously provided by people with TBI.
Every individual’s experience with traumatic brain injury is unique, but there are many common symptoms and emotions. Anger, fear, depression, and anxiety may be accompanied by difficulties with memory, pain, and the challenges of maintaining relationships.
1. I'm sorry. How can I help?
2. Please tell me what having a TBI is like. Can you tell me where I can read more about TBI?
3. I don't know how you feel, but you are my friend and I will always be there for you.
4. I admire your willpower. You will get through this.
5. I know I don't understand what it's like, but I will try my hardest to be patient and understanding.
6. Take your time — we are not in a hurry.
7. When are you going grocery shopping, I want to go, too. Or, what yard work can I come do?
8. I don't know what to say but I'm sorry it happened to you.
9. The you that is YOU hasn't changed. You just have a harder time thinking than you used to.
10. I will bring you some delicious healthy brain foods and snacks — and come to sweep and do laundry, but don't worry, I won't stay too long.
– Heal Your Concussion