Do You Remember?

Do you remember the first time you heard of brain damage?
Do you remember that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach?
Do you remember thinking there must be some tremendous mistake, that this could not possibly be true?
Do you remember trying to turn back the huge hands of time?
Do you remember bargaining and pleading with God?
Do you remember trying to pretend this was a nightmare, that you would eventually awaken from?
Do you remember wondering if you were somehow being punished for some terrible past deed?
Do you remember when TBI, ABI, survivor, and caregiver were only words in your vocabulary, rather than a way of life?
Do you remember all the energy and hours playing the “what if,” game?
Do you remember the anger, frustration and remorse?
Do you remember wanting to blame anyone, and everyone for this unforgivable twist in the course of your life?
Do you remember the pain and the uncertainty about what the future would hold?
Do you remember that with the passing of time, the disbelief gave way to realization?
Do you remember when the feelings of horror started turning into feelings of reality?
Do you remember when the pain started being less acute?
When taking a deep breath was no longer impossible or quite as painful?
Do you remember when the grief process allowed you to release some of the over-whelming frustration?
Do you remember when the anger started to finally begin to dissipate?
Do you remember that first cup of coffee that could be once again considered enjoyable and yes, even relaxing?
Do you remember when you first started noticing the beauty of the rainbow after a gentle rain shower?
Do you remember when you first started to notice the beauty in the change of seasons?
Do you remember the first time you noticed that the birds were still singing from the tree-tops?
Do you remember the first time you heard a sad, heart-breaking story and said to yourself “But by the grace of God there go I,” It could be worse?
Did you know that this means that your heart is finally on the path to recovery and acceptance?

by: Debbie M. Wilson

Read more of Debbie M. Wilson’s poetry at Debbie’s Place

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