TBI defined by the people who are living with it ...
BrainLine asked our online community to share the most helpful thing someone has done for them since their brain injury, 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, sadness, and anxiety may be accompanied by difficulties with memory, pain, and the challenges of maintaining relationships.
Let me be myself without judgment.
Loved the new me!
Stayed my friend, accepting that I'm not the same as I was.
Let me talk! Listening is important!
Been patient with me when I was going through the worst of the depression and moodiness.
Understanding that I might not have a whole lot of impulse control at times. .
Taking up the slack when I needed it while still allowing me to be a full-fledged adult.
Take the time to learn about my difficulties and learn how to best help/advocate for me.
Took care of my 2-year-old so I could have quiet time at home.
Called me and asked to have lunch just to check to see how I was doing.
Offering me their guest-room to lie down in during dinner parties at their home.
Having a friend, just being with me for a long weekend, just because they cared....and when it was time to say goodbye they hugged me, and long after I thought the hug should have ended, they just kept holding me until I stopped crying.
Made an effort to learn about brain injury.
Remind me of things I forgot.
Don't try to "fix" me.
Gave suggestions to me, but never pushed them on me, allowing me to make the decision.
Show me kindly a new way of doing the same task more efficiently.
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