I should imagine that a lot of people on this site has had experience of the old'friends' and 'aquantances' that cross the road to avoid you after your brains injury! I remember when my husband was in hospital after his accident , lots of cards, phone calls etc but when he came out a few months later thats when we found out our true friends. We found that people were embarassed to speak to him or me because he was obviously not the man he once was and had speech and memory problems and many times people have crossed the road to avoid having to speak to us. one person said it was 'too upsetting' for them to see my husband. There and then I thought 'stuff this' and all the loyal friends have now introduced us to new people who have warmly welcomed us into their circle. We take every invite going and I would drag him along to a tupperware party if he meant new people for my husband to talk to,. it is over a year now and his speech is really improving and we have new beginings with new genuine people so get out there and take every opportunity offered!