BRAIN INJURY DEFINED THROUGH THE EYES OF A SURVIVOR
B is for BATTLE: An intense or extended struggle.
R is for RAGE: To speak, feel or act with anger.
A is for AMBIGUOUS: Susceptible to multiple interpretations.
I is for INEFFECTUAL: Powerless to change.
N is for NEBULOUS: Lacking definite form or limits.
I is for IMMANENT: Dwelling at the innermost heart of the human soul.
N is for NEW: Different and distinct from what was before.
J is for JOKER: An element in a situation that acts in an unexpected way.
U is for UNDENIABLE: Not able to be denied.
R is for RETRIEVAL: To get back or regain.
Y is for YET: In the time remaining, nevertheless; and DESPITE THIS!
How do we adequately put into words what if feels like to have ourselves and our life plans instantly interrupted and life as we once knew it ended abruptly?
How do we adequately put into words what it felt like to be thrown into the traumatic and surreal world of ICU, life support, rehabilitation and limitations beyond what we or our families could possibly comprehend?
How do many of us adequately put into words what if feels like to have a brain injury and go undiagnosed and not have a clue what was wrong with us?
How do we adequately put into words that far too many of us thought our brain problems meant we had gone crazy?
How do we learn to put these horrendous experiences in some kind of perspective and understanding if we can’t find someone to talk to that we think cares about how we really do feel?
Dear friends, I had a hemorrhagic stroke two years ago last month and I survived. I already had a lot of brain damage and due to my epilepsy I was not eligible for the stroke shot. I had been diagnosed with a 90% brain vessel blockage in 2008 that was inoperable. I started on cannabis in 2010. I knew I was racing against the clock. I did have the brain bleed in 2015. The stroke specifically negatively impacted my lungs, heart, kidneys, balance and speech. Against the odds and with no explanation other than cannabis I had my fasted brain trauma healing yet! Cannabis absolutely does help in brain healing and gives HOPE to the hopeless!