Col, my lovely partner was punched (an unprovoked attack) and suffered his severe TBI on 05/05/12. I don't know quite how to feel about whether we should ignore the date or celebrate the fact he's alive and happy despite the fact our lives have changed for ever. We talked for hours last night about the positives that we can take from this experience. He has become much closer to his family and although we don't see a lot of our old friends, the ones who have stayed with us are the ones who are truly worth having. I know we are so lucky that (physically) Colin has largely recovered and he is getting amazing support from BASIC (brain and spinal injury charity)in Salford so he really is getting his confidence back and is learning how to deal with his cognitive impairments. However, I feel so sad when I think of the confident, sharp, quick witted and outgoing man he was and how he now has to learn how to deal with paranoia, anxiety and 'brain fog' (just a few issues from a long list of challenges!).I am so blessed that he isn't bitter and his angry outbursts tend to be short lived and relate to silly things like dropping a knife if he's trying to prepare a meal.I think all brain injury survivors should be so proud of the achievements they make every single day. It is a battle which nobody will understand unless it touches them personally as it truly is a 'hidden' disability. Thanks again to this forum and all you lovely people who provide support just by listening and sharing your own experiences xxx
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