Falling in Love With Reading Again after Brain Injury

I have always loved reading, however, much like everything in life I have cycled through periods of reading heavily and lightly. After my severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) I didn’t know if I would be able to read a lot. Thankfully, I can and do. I will explain in this post just how I have fallen in love with reading again and how deep that love goes (and what I’m reading).

This #TBIthursday became a Monday post and almost merged into the next #TBIthursday! Oops. Like my friend the white rabbit says in Alice in Wonderland “I’m late for a very important date.”

As a kid I always had my nose in a book. Fishing trips with my (good natured and understanding) Grandpa resulted in me basically feeding the fish the worms on my hook as I distractedly read a book. Then I went through third grade and fell behind in reading because of vision problems that were eventually corrected with surgery. I caught up with help through a reading program in school and became a voracious reader. I loved how you could leave your world and inhabit a fictional world. I would feel like I was completely disoriented when I had to leave a fictional world I loved to enter back into my own life (it was like that disorienting feeling you get when you go back outside after seeing an afternoon matinee at a movie theater)! Well, because of surviving working and attending graduate school (at the same time) and having migraines, my reading became less voracious and less for fun. Since my TBI I thankfully have found I love reading again. I realized that I was back to my old love of reading when I had that rude awakening/ daytime movie feeling when I had to stop reading a book I was loving to eat a meal! I won’t give a review of the book since that will come next week in my book review post (the book was “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett). I just wanted to say how happy I was to realize my reading love is back! I think 10 year old Laura feeding the fish her worms while she focused on her book would be really happy (and I bet my Grandpa is smiling as he looks down from heaven).

Note: I wanted to write more on this topic, but I will later. To read more about me as a reader through the years check out this post.

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A Selby Sweetie Conclusion

We have this floating mat at our lake cabin and my Mom was throwing dog treats on it to get Selby to go out on it. Well, I looked up and she had “gotten stuck” on it as it floated out a little deeper (but not very deep because you can see the bottom of the lake in this picture)! I “rescued” her but did make her swim!

4 thoughts on “Falling in Love With Reading Again after Brain Injury

  1. How wonderful and amazing is that your love for reading is eternal depsite all the things you’ve gone through.
    Im sure this ‘love’ will fill your life with magic.

    Take care of you. Sending good, healthy vibes your way.

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  2. I read so much in high school, my grades suffered as a result. Regardless of all my ‘practice’ I was still classified as a poor reader and enrolled in reading special ed. I find it remarkable that I was tagged as one of the 20 worst readers in my fairly large school. I think they were just making me read the wrong stuff.

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