Share Your Story! Think Beginning, Middle, End!
We can be so confused after a brain injury that it can be really tough to think about what might be valuable to others.
In the early days, we might see everything in a dismal light or may have tried to carry on as usual only to find that our understanding of our executive and cognitive impairment crept up on us when we weren’t looking.
It is highly likely that there is something valuable in your experiences in whatever you have been through and whatever you think or feel.
The very fact that you are going through something never experienced by uninjured people makes your story interesting. Your understanding, your hurdles and pain, are all something that people can identify with even if they haven’t been there.
Sometimes, when we try to explain our struggles, we find we go through a cathartic or enlightening experience that helps us understand more than we thought we could.
If you would like some help, we can offer guidelines and will always be happy to edit your story for you if this is what you want. We always try to keep your voice authentic, and while we would make suggestions, the final choice about the presentation is up to you.
You don’t need to be an expert, and you might want to ask for help – we are happy as long as you are.
One of the other benefits of sharing our stories is that we give other people something to relate to; we help them understand they are not alone.
Our stories can also be extremely useful for preventing brain injury. Perhaps you are already an advocate and use your experiences to educate others. Maybe this is something you are thinking about but don’t know where to start.
GBIA are happy to support you by featuring your story on our public events page. Let us know what you have in mind by using the registration form and we will get in touch with you.
We are happy for you to choose to remain anonymous if you want to protect your privacy.
Think about using voice to text software or text to speech software if you are okay with typing but would like to hear your story read back to you.
It is very easy to get distracted from the points we want to make so try and write these out on a list before you start and to break them down into a beginning, the middle and the end.
Get in touch when you have finished or if you need some help.