This is the story of John.
I am grateful everyday that I encounter extraordinary individuals like john…
Here is John’s story in his own words….
I can relate to Joe. My name is John. I am 41 years old. I was injured in a car accident 4 years ago.
Before my injury, I loved my job in law enforcement and was engaged to a wonderful partner. I felt fulfilled, appreciated and happy.
After my accident, my whole world fell apart. I could not return to my previous life. My police background was no longer second nature to me. I went from someone who represented authority and safety to being fearful, lost and alone.
As the years go by, I seem to get even worse. I have no motivation and am no longer inspired by anything.
I experience constant headaches and neurofatigue that restrain me like a prisoner.
I am frequently disoriented and overwhelmed.
No one hears me anymore.
Like Joe, I look normal. I can laugh with you. I feel like a stranger when I am with my “old” friends and family. I play along with them, ignoring my invisible head injury, pretending to be what everyone else expects. I find myself hiding my true feelings of being ashamed and weak. I can play along in this “denial game” for about 2 hours. Then, I retreat back to my cave to isolate, recharge and recover.
I was an independent man once.
Now, I hide. The isolation keeps me safe, yet it also seems to fuel anger and depression.
One day this injury will be acknowledged.
Keep moving ahead!