TBI in 2005

by Marty
(Lexington, Kentucky, USA)

I galloped horses for 31 yrs and I loved it! It has been over 5 yrs, and I'm only about 40% of what I was. Now I am depressed and don't know what to do. Social Security and kemi aren't enough to pay the bills, and I would give anything to be normal again. Get back to the race track and tell them to keep their money.

Doug's Reply. I don't know if your traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurred when you were riding a horse. But your story reminds me of Christopher Reeve's own experience.
nothing is impossible
Remember him? Reeve played the character "Superman" in the movies Superman I, II, III, and IV. As you may know, he became a quadriplegic in 1995 when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition.

While Reeve did not suffer a TBI, his sudden quadriplegia (inability to move his arms or legs) was obviously a stunning blow. However, he somehow kept a positive attitude throughout his ordeal and until the end of his life.

In 2002, Reeve published the book Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life in which he claims all of us are capable of overcoming even the greatest obstacles.

If you are able, I'd suggest you read Reeve's book. In fact, actively seek out books and stories about as many individuals as you can who have endured very difficult times (especially physical and mental incapacitation) yet who retained their excitement for living.

I think you will find consolation in their words and encouragement about the future. While you might not ever regain your former abilities, the important thing is to make the best of the life you do have.

Tragedy can strike anyone, at any time. When the worst happens, it is critical to gain perspective through the experiences of others. Then, look for ways to help other people benefit and learn from your experience, as Reeve did.

If you can help other people, perhaps by providing encouragement to other TBI sufferers, you may begin to find your depression lifted and your outlook on life improved.

Thanks so much for sharing your story. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,
This is information only. It is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Jun 17, 2011
by: Anonymous

Depression is tough. I get depressed sometimes especially if i stay in my apartment too long. What i do is make myself get out, around other people. It helps to get out of your own head. Look at others going through a tough time. Come out of your "self awareness". Some people have it worst...but, they still smile! love "you"!

Feb 25, 2011
thank you
by: marty

Thanks for your kind and helpful response. I'm sure it will help-can't hurt! Yes it was at work ( with horses) . Not the horse' fault...pony girl yanked his mouth and flipped him over backwards. She didn't mean to. She just didn't know better and didn't respond when I told her to let go. O well.

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