15th June 2013
“You suit short hair because you’ve got high cheek bones”
– if they only knew
I searched through the archives for these photographs to match up to what I looked like at the time this comment was said. I guess everyone that saw me post brain injury assumed that headband (I had others but that was my favourite) was a fashion choice. It was not, I was hiding my still very fresh scar underneath it.
I was at a party with my new boyfriend and feeling ‘normal’ for the first time since my brain injury and brain surgery. This comment didn’t affect me like some comments do, I think because it was a compliment? (haha). I was having a good day and despite my situation I actually did suit short hair. The ‘if they only knew’ part was before I was brave enough to stand up for myself and brain injury, I was ashamed to even say “I’ve had a brain injury” at this time. It really is amazing how far I’ve come in terms of speaking up for myself and my injury.
This is one of many blog posts that will follow my journey from private blogging after my brain injury to starting Alphabet Brains. You can read my previous post on Advice On Journaling After a Brain Injury if you’re interested in writing about your experiences. In that post I say that I feel like everyone should write (brain injury or not) as it’s a great form of therapy.
From my private blog, every week I’ll be sharing a post in chronological order (before Alphabet Brains) because it’s important to look back and see how far you’ve come. Even if you aren’t in the early days, it could be years after your brain injury and you can start writing… We’re always making little improvements and when you write about them, you see them.