"I would not have chosen this." - Mark's Survivor Story

"On October 11, 2010 I took my son’s ATV for a spin. I turned down the helmet he offered. They found me along the trail 10 to 20 minutes later. I was all busted up. Most of what I ‘remember’ of the next few months is from what I’ve been told. One thing I do remember is hearing my wife in the ER say “This is NOT my husband!” The x-ray of my head didn’t show any fractures or hemorrhages so I was given pain medicine and sent home. We were on our own; my wife, kids and the new me! I had some off the wall behaviors which mostly subsided (my wife may disagree!). I repeated things over and over. I could not remember anything longer than 30 seconds. Over time my memory improved a little. I have to admit, I still write reminder notes, to remind me of my reminder notes! I tried going back to work [as a nurse] WAY too early! It wasn’t safe. When I went back to work the second time I found that the way I felt towards people had changed. I wasn’t just empathetic; I actually felt what my patients and their loved ones were feeling. I felt their hurt and fears. My tears were hard to hide. A co-worker noticed how I interact with my patients and suggested I work hospice. [Now,] I cannot imagine doing anything else! I still lose things ALL the time. I forget what I am saying two words into it. Sometimes my words aren’t real or my sentences don’t make sense. I find myself in stores without a clue why I’m there. My head hurts all the time. And, at times I just cry without knowing why! But, with my patients everything works. Without thinking I am able to describe disease and dying processes, symptoms, and appropriate treatments. I connect with patients and their families, and I know I make a difference during these difficult times. How? All the glory is God’s! It definitely isn’t me; I can’t even find my car keys most days! Our prayers aren’t always answered the way we think they should be. I would not have chosen THIS! But, because of this, I believe I am doing what God wants of me. ‘By this men will know you are my disciple, if you love one another.’ (John 13:35) Someday, I pray I have the courage to shout it from the roof tops!" -Mark, 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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