The five year anniversary of my near fatal car accident that put me in a coma and gave me a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was yesterday September 15th. As many know, “celebrating” the anniversary of a tragic event isn’t the right word for it. It’s more like you “commemorate” the event. I have decided to commemorate in a few ways that are specific for this blog and a way that helped me manage any emotions and discomfort my family and I had in real life (you know… not online life)! I share what I mean in this very TBI #TBIthursday
As I did last year around my brain injury anniversary, I have decided to review the year as it was on this blog (see below for a list and links and also a visual). I have in part decided to do this because it’s a great way to mark time and progress in my recovery but it’s also a way for me to recognize another year successfully lived with brain injury.
- September 2020: I started what will hopefully be an annual tradition by reviewing my blogging year in My Brain Injury Story: An Anniversary.
- October 2020: I write about my development as a descriptive story teller post TBI in this essay about Descriptive Words.
- November 2020: A tactic I used to survive the time when I was first injured is a tactic I still use today to help calm me down. This tactic was employing my Friends From The Movies.
- December 2020: It’s the holiday season, which in modern Western culture that typically means holiday music played endlessly on radio stations. In honor of that, I write about the Annoying Radio Station in My Head (i.e. my aural distortions).
- January 2021: On January 6, 2021 there was an insurrection at the United States Capitol building. As an American I wrote about my thoughts in Anything But Normal.
- February 2021: As a former Advertising Project Manager and someone who received two Master’s degrees while working full time, I used to be a very skilled multitasker. This is something I have lost with my brain injury and I miss it. So I wrote a Valentine to Multitasking.
- March 2021: March brought another Brain Injury Awareness Month. I talk about the theme for the month for Brain Injury Association of America called More Than My Brain Injury. I also review a movie specifically about Brain Injury in A Movie for Brain Injury Awareness Month.
- April 2021: I had a little fun and got back to my short story roots (this blog started as one short story a month) by writing and sharing A Short Story For April Fool’s Day.
- May 2021: I talk about battling my own brain post-TBI in Battling Your Brain. I also share that I had some poetry published online in this blog post.
- June 2021: As a person with severe hearing loss and distortions, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique complications since face masks are prevalent and speech reading is impossible. I discuss this in this essay about masks.
- July 2021: I talk about how I have grown and changed as a Reader Through The Years. I also recruited my parents to help curate Pop Culture Top 5 Lists. And I talk about The Olympics and Mental Health.
- August 2021: I review a book I really enjoyed (The Vanishing Half). I also discuss how my memory is very visual after TBI in Pictures of Memory.
I decided that on the 5 year anniversary of my accident that my parents and I needed to funnel any sad or negative energy into positive energy to celebrate the little furry pep in our step: Selby Sweetie! So we took her to a local dog bakery (yup… this is a thing… proving I am not the only dog crazy lady around), PetSmart and a coffee shop drive-through where she gets a great “pup cup.” I had ambitions of taking her to a dog park but I couldn’t handle all that (and Selby was also over-stimulated). So we will have to dog park another day! All in all it was a great way to divert any negative energy and I think we will definitely do this again!