I went the peer training for survivors of brain injuries. We are learning to help new patients with the changes they are dealing with and give them a caring ear whenever needed.
It was a learning experience for me in some respects.
I DO live a portion of my life in view of others. I invite you to look so you can see what my life is. Because for most of you, the existence of a dramatically handicapped person is beyond your reality.
It’s important to be that voice that says “Yes, this sucks, but look at how fabulous THIS is”.
I always want to be one that changes your perception of handicapped people.
I sat in a room full of people with some version of a broken brain story.
Not all of them competed to be THE MOST BROKEN BRAIN or had the MOST MIRACULOUS RECOVERY.
But you could tell which ones enjoyed their status of THE ONE THAT ALMOST DIED.
It was in the way they told their story, the way they paused at certain points because they were generally stopped by the not-brain-injured crowd.
It doesn’t make one survivor better than the next to have withstood more trauma.
It doesn’t make a survivor better at the brain injury gig to have a far superior tale to tell.
I hope if I learned anything from the other people in that room it was that the quietest stories can have the biggest impact and to never mistake how many people will listen to you with how many people can hear you.