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In their own words: What brain injury patients want to hear

Being struck by a car or truck while riding a bike often proves fatal because the injuries can be catastrophic. But even when a bicyclist survives, he or she can be left with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.

It is difficult to come to terms with the new normal of coping with a TBI. Emotions can run the gamut from anger to anxiety, then sadness at what is lost and fear for an uncertain future. TBI patients may long for the days before their accident when their memories weren't clouded and their relationships strained.

BrainLine queried their online community of TBI patients, asking them to share what they wished family and friends would say to them. Below are some of their responses.

-- "I'm sorry. How can I help?"

-- "I don't know how you feel, but you are my friend and I will always be there for you."

-- "I know I don't understand what it's like, but I will try my hardest to be patient and understanding."

-- "Please tell me what having a TBI is like. Can you tell me where I can read more about TBI?"

-- "Take your time — we are not in a hurry."

-- "I admire your willpower. You will get through this."

-- "When are you going grocery shopping, I want to go, too. Or, what yard work can I come do?"

-- "I will bring you some delicious healthy brain foods and snacks — and come to sweep and do laundry, but don't worry, I won't stay too long."

-- "I don't know what to say but I'm sorry it happened to you."

-- "Heal your concussion."

-- "The you that is you hasn't changed. You just have a harder time thinking than you used to."

Some of the responses indicate the hurdles these TBI patients face as they struggle to complete their daily activities on their own. It can ease financial and other burdens to pursue financial recovery from the insurance company of the driver responsible for their accident and injuries.

Source: Brainlin.org, "10 Things People with a Brain Injury Would Like to Hear...," accessed April 01, 201

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