Breaking Down a TBI

Hey guys. Let’s talk facts:

In my blog I will be discussing multiple chronic illness that people live with each day. My goal is not to select ones that I feel are more important than others. So, saying this, why then am I taking a moment to discuss a TBI?

The reason is (if you have not ventured over to the “About the Author” page) is that I have a TBI, among some other complications, that I’ve fought for going on two years now due to the fact that it’s almost January 2018. 

It’s understandable that I talk openly about a traumatic brain injury versus other diseases such as: crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and many others. I haven’t had experience with any of these diseases, and therefore, my knowledge of them becomes limited.

It’s true, you will see TBI listed very often in my posts because it’s a part of my every day life. The injury does not define me, but it certainly plays an intense role in my new life after the car accident that birthed the injury.

So let’s jump right in, shall we? TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury.  The official diagnosis of my injury is a subarachnoid hemorrhage on the left side with swelling of the brain and short-term memory loss. The left side of your brain is responsible for the more logical aspects, such as mathematics and science. A brain injury, although minor, can be caused by, or the result of a concussion.

It’s no shock that our brain is pretty darn important! It runs the show. Your body cannot function without the brain as its power and command center. Yes, your heart comes in second place, but your brain controls the function of your heart and other organs. So, if your brain takes damage, unfortunately it’s very plausible that other functions will suffer as well depending on the extent of the damage.

My main question: why in the heck does TBI have such limited awareness? You’d think that the most important organ in your body would be first, am I right? Nope. I went shopping at Walmart not long ago, and there was an entire section of breast cancer awareness clothing. That’s awesome, but why just breast cancer? What about some of the other not-so-popular cancers, or diseases that are not as recognized?

I suppose one of my personal concerns here is that sometimes I feel like awareness grows only by several documented occurrences from health officials verses potential survival rate, or how much of a toll the disease or disability actually takes on a person. If these were the only stats to use, I assume that several of these would undergo re-evaluation.

Now, you’re probably thinking in the back of your head: “so she’s just jealous that TBI isn’t as popular.” No–the reason I even bring this up to begin with was from a past doctor visit that I had with a “headache specialist.” Note the quotes. He asked me what I came to see him for. I told him that I have a TBI and that my migraines are off the charts bad. He paused for a moment, and then asked: “and what’s a TBI?”

I sat there stunned for a moment that this “headache specialist” just asked me this question, and I didn’t know how to answer him without being a smart-butt. So I bit my lip and gave him a short but sweet answer. Needless to say, that experience really opened my eyes further about how bad awareness is for something so serious, and important. 

To sum this up, my goal on here is not only to emphasize awareness for traumatic brain injury. I want to shine much-needed light on other illnesses. In addition, I want to explain what God’s role is in all the madness. We each must remember that no matter how difficult things may get in life, God has all the answers.

Stay strong, and God bless!