One day you’re going about your day and minding your own business. Next thing you know something happens, out of the blue, and suddenly you have a traumatic brain injury. And suddenly, although you had always been calm and mild mannered, you have anger issues. When I first got my stroke-related brain injury, I found myself getting angry over the smallest things. Things that were mildly irritating before, were things that could now make me angry. I was never an angry person, and my new bouts of anger were disturbing and perplexing. Where was the anger coming from? What was wrong with me?
If there is one thing traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors know about, it’s resilience. Being a TBI survivor, I know a thing or two about resilience myself. I get comments about my resilience all the time. I think a lot of people are probably thinking about my physical resilience, how I’ve started to gradually walk again with some degree of the old poise and confidence I had before my brain was injured. Others tell me that if they didn’t know I was a survivor, they’d have never guessed. I also think physical resilience is something most people can relate to.