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Don’t let anyone tell you “You Can’t”

At some point in my rehabilitation/ recuperation / recreation, following my TBI I was told that my brain would probably never develop beyond that of an 8th grade child. That was back in the 1980’s, but I am hearing the same kind of thing from people who have had more recent injuries.

Well, it has been 25 years since I was in the car accident that was the cause of my brain injury. About Six years after this accident I passed the state certification exam, received my college degree and was working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Thank God for the people that supported my internal strength and me.

I fully understand liabilities and how medical people must be careful in so many different ways. But the people who give us or help us to reach our potential are sometimes the same people who shut us down! If you are a caregiver or medical person who works with a brain injured person please be very careful of the words you use.

I am certain that you know; for a long time and often for the rest of our lives, we (brain injury survivors) are very literal with our communication skills. Both expressive and receptive. Especially receptive. For myself, when I was learning everything I was a dry sponge. My only learning tool was to soak up what people who were employed and educated in medicine, had to tell. My limited exposure to others also limited my normal learning interpersonal skills.

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Lori Faitel, Brain Injury Survivor, LLC
West Bloomfield, MI 48324

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