There have been articles about ‘what not to say to a TBI survivor.’ Things like, “You look fine to me.” Or, “You don’t look like you have a brain injury.” So, I was wondering, what advice would you give a ‘normal’ person who wants to communicate respectfully and appropriately? I’ve come up with a few…
- Take your time. When a TBI survivor is trying to remember something.
- Rest when you need to, it’s ok. Fatigue so does a number on survivors!
- I know you are doing the best that you can. General affirmation of a TBI survivor’s desire to do well.
So, tell me, what would you say? What words of affirmation or understanding would you like to hear?
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
Thank God I found Hope! About 23 years ago, I suffered 2 strokes during 7 brain surgeries! I was 1/2 paralyzed, blinded, could not walk, talk and more. I had to start over at EVERYTHING and what a journey it has been. Although I cried constant for the first 6 months, I knew that bauling was hindering me from getting better. Anyway, this is my gorgeous 2nd life!! I feel I have recovered BETTER than I was before this happened to me. I volunteer at a hospital and a rehab center where I give the patients hope. The KEYS for me were connecting with the Beings Up Above (I prayed, prayed and prayed) AND the ‘Power From Within’ idea that YOU should just NEVER GIVE UP!!!
Thanks for your encouragement! And thanks for never giving up!