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Excerpt from Richard (via Facebook) – 4 years post injury:
LIVING – Traumatic Brain Injury
“I’m feeling good and inspired. I want to share a short traumatic brain injury update. It has been over 4 years since I was hit by a car and changed. I resisted accepting the person I had become. I was not aware of why, or that I was even doing this. But looking back, it becomes clearer. I suppose “clearer” defines me and I am thankful. I can see clearly now – most of the time.
At the time of the accident I was peaking athletically. I had reached personal bests in marathon running and qualified for Ironman world championships. I was gainfully employed and as happy as I had ever been.
After the coma, surgeries, months of hospitalization, therapy, and mental struggle, I wandered lost in an endless desert. I was frightened and looking for me; the guy I remembered… not the person I had become. In many ways I still search. Although now, I realize I’m searching for the person I will become and that excites me. No longer do I judge my athletic performance on a scale borrowed from 2009. I have started to just let that time rest and take pride in my performance now. I race regularly. I am getting faster and doing more than I ever thought I could. I have a partner that I love dearly (Mimi Reeves) and again I can honestly say that I am happy – happier than at any time I can remember.
Yes, I struggle still. But life with or without a traumatic brain injury is a journey. Each unique. We are endlessly challenged. Personally, I develop work-arounds…Work-around is my way of saying compensatory adaptation. Today my thoughts are about me and you. If you have a TBI or not, life is challenging and it throws wicked curve-balls. All of us must keep swinging. We can do this!”
– Be strong, Richard