Injury: I am a Person first

Once people know about the injury, they tend to see the injury and not the person. I am a strong believer that I am a person first.

I never thought about the concept of being a person versus being an injury. I began to think about it when I volunteered with people who had disabilities.

An injury does not define me as a person. I am a person who happens to have an injured brain. That is okay, as long as others understand that.

This is the exact reason why I am not a fan of sharing information about my past and my injury with others until they are able to know who I am.

This allows me to be a person with an injury instead of an injured person.
When you meet a person with a brain damage, it will make all the difference in how the person feels with you.

I know a few people who treat me like an injured human. Let me tell you, I want to get away from them as fast as I can, but when people just treat me like a person, I will hang around for a lot longer. My injury does not define me.

That is really all I want and what most of us want, to be treated normally.

Click here to read the story of my brain injury.