A poem about music in TBI recovery - Maddy's Survivor Story

“This is a poem I wrote about an experience about the power of music in rehab 2 weeks after my TBI: It was my first day of rehab You must stay here they said Until you remember those 3 pictures "Bird cup and bed?" "The third thing is a fork" I was not stoked. "Ohh sorry I forgot what you use to eat Cause I have a feeding tube down my throat!" I chucked on the gumboots that were in the shower Apparently they were for a therapist to help me lather. "Eff that" I thought "I'm going to see what this place is about" I snuck out the locked building and into the yard Planning to make a run for it hard But there was a piano The only thing that would make me pause I sat down and couldn't remember a thing Before my head knock what did I sing? My mind took me back to when I was 8 When playing Amazing Grace helped me escape I closed my eyes and my fingers knew My soul came alive My memory came too I opened my eyes expecting to see Disapproving looks Telling me I'd never be free But there was my nurse why was she crying? "This man hasn't left his room for 7 years. He's blind and schizophrenic and you've brought him to tears He came down the hall and followed the sound Of your beautiful music so don't stop now" So I kept playing I knew I was free As long as I remembered The music in me” -Maddy, TBI Survivor ••• ➡️Your quote can be featured! For consideration, message it to our FB page or email info@hopeafterheadinjury.com with your paragraph of inspiration💚 We are all in this together! #HopeAfterHeadInjury

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