How having a brain injury makes me feel

By Chrysa Niestroy

Hello my name is Chrysa, I’m 22 years old. I was injured on December 9, 2009. I was involved in a motor vehicle crash.  As well as Traumatic Brain Injury I broke my femur in two in my left leg, and I fractured my right wrist.

To fix my leg I had surgery in which they placed a metal rod into the bone of my left femur.

Then to fix my wrist I had a metal plate inserted on to my bones of my wrist. I will have these in my body for the rest of my life.  I healed fast from these other injuries. But my brain has taken the longest to heal, and I have gone through many changes. As a result I have been re-born into something completely different in many ways.

Having a brain injury I feel completely different from the outside world.  And the only people that will truly understand me are people that have a brain injury. We feel what others can’t. We deal with things that other people don’ t like for example headaches, and frustration.

In my case I deal with sensitivity to sound, and headaches, confusion, memory loss, and many other things.  I have felt alone and distant from others.  I’m not treated the same or do people look at me the same.  I want to be the person that I was but it’s hard. It’s easier just to be the new me, and not have to be someone that people want me to be.  I wish my friends could expect me for who I’m not what I used to be.

But they can’t and I understand that but still it hurts.

But for those out there that are just starting out with dealing with a brain injury I will say this, I know how you feel and I’m here for you if you have any questions about how your feeling, because I have walked in your shoes and I’m still going through it. It’s only been two years for me but I can help and I want to help.

So feel free to write me and tell me your story and I’ll listen.

 

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