Thoughts from an injured brain: Timothy Giles

Living with Head/Brain Injury (TBI)

Iwueiwbb62bfy7prkuf6vqo67euTimothy Giles has written a first person piece on the lasting impact of a brain injury

It was two punches that shattered my life and I’ve spent years picking up the pieces. More than a decade on I accept that some bits will always elude my reach. The challenge I live with, is piecing together a rich and happy life with what I have.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) isn’t rare, thousands of New Zealanders live with its effects. Mine are pretty common place: fatigue, headaches, confusion and memory loss. But these aren’t the hard bits for me, mood and emotion are my biggest post-TBI difficulties.
Personality is an interesting thing to define, the attributes that make us who we are. An impact of my brain injury is a profound personality change. It’s been a slow realisation that I am not the man I was. I’m grumpier, less patient. Not…

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