When Melanie didn’t benefit from the support groups from SBIF, she sought other groups and went to great lengths in search of the proper support she needs. When she couldn’t find people with brain injuries, experiences, or age similar to her own, she went online to find support groups that better suited her.
(No big surprise. That’s what we’re doing here.) But, she tells me:
I‟ve done art therapy for brain injury survivors. I read their stories online, watch documentaries, and email with people who have suffered TBI. I’ve never even met them, but they understand.
“As much as my friends and family try to understand and be supportive, on some level they still don’t get it because they haven’t been through it and they can’t relate. Hearing others speak about their injuries helps me understand mine better. I think it also gives me hope that I will continue to improve.”
When SBIF’s support groups didn’t suffice, Melanie continued her pursuit for social support. She’s thankful that the Internet has put her in touch with others who have similar experiences to her own and are also in the same phase of life.
“It helps to know that there are other women like me, who are my age, you know,” Melanie continues, “dealing with TBI while simultaneously managing everything else we experience at this age.”