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Acknowledging Wins Post Brain Injury

Updated: Mar 14, 2022

A reminder to is very fragile. We don’t always chose the path that’s going to be laid in front of us, but we can still decide to make the most of what life is going to throw at us. Little wins comes in many shapes and sizes, but some small wins can also translate in huge milestones.

Three years ago, I started putting my thoughts on paper regarding life after encephalitis and brain injury. I think it was all part of my own healing process, of me wanting to get rid of the endless frustrations and for me to try to make sense of this new normal of mine.

Over the last few months I’ve had such wonderful feedback from many who have too been affected by brain injury or from people who have been going through a speed bump. Feeling that others relate to my journey and knowing that others have found comfort in reading my blog is more than I could have ever hoped for. A few example of feedback below:

"Thank you for sharing this Veronique. You've explained perfectly what my partner goes through so often." "I love your blog posts! When I have bad days or struggle with memory, speech & people who don't "get it" your blogs inspire me. Thank you."

My blog "Fatigue: Life on an empty tank" has reached over 2000 read. If you had told me that 2000+ people would have felt compelled to read one of my blog a year ago, I would have probably laughed or responded "Yeah Nah". Over my journey that is still ongoing today, I’ve discovered that when you speak from the heart, people listen. I'd like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this journey.

Never mind the “what could have been” if encephalitis hadn’t come into our lives...because 54 months ago I also would have never thought that others would find comfort in reading my words. In some way, that’s much more powerful than anything else I could have achieved should my path have carried on without encephalitis as a speed bump.

The new me is 100% different from the old me on so many levels and I’m honest enough to admit that I don’t always like this weird wonderful brain of mine.  However, such milestone make me realize that the new me is fully capable of surpassing goals, albeit different from those I would have ever envisaged for myself a few years back.

Being the best version of who you can be should always be good enough!

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