Many traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors feel cut off from their family and peers. They have experienced a trauma that most people will never quite experience, and they may struggle to make sense of how their lives have changed.
As a TBI survivor, you may be feeling some of these stressors yourself, but it’s important to know that you are not alone in these struggles. In fact, talking about your experiences and sharing your story can benefit you in many different ways.
Here is why sharing your story is therapeutic.
Make Sense of Your Injury
Survivors often ask themselves “why me” after experiencing a TBI, and truthfully, there’s no right answer.
Most survivors try to make sense of their injury by either writing about it or talking about it with other survivors. If you’re not ready to talk, writing can help immensely. It will help you unpack your feelings, and it’s a safe space to express anger or sadness. As you build confidence in your writing, you’ll feel more comfortable talking about your injury and how your life has changed.
Few people will understand the impact of a TBI unless they experience it themselves. By talking about your injury, you’ll be spreading awareness to those who haven’t experienced a TBI. They’ll have a better idea of what you’re going through and how they can help you. Bringing awareness to your cause will help you feel like you’re making a difference.
Get Others to Talk
What’s so great about sharing your story is that it often encourages other survivors to do the same. When they see how much sharing a story helps you, they’ll want to do the same. This is a great way to help those survivors who are suffering in silence find their voices once more, and it will make you feel good knowing that you helped someone else.
Everyone has a story to tell, and TBI survivors are no different. To share your story and hear from other survivors, check out the TriMunity community at community.trymunity.com and begin telling your story.