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Health

‘Like a blind man trying to race a car’

Joliet man gives insight into living with a traumatic brain injury

Brian Zook of Joliet, a member of the brain injury support group that meets Wednesdays at Easterseals Joliet, wrote some thoughts on living with a brain injury.
Brian Zook of Joliet, a member of the brain injury support group that meets Wednesdays at Easterseals Joliet, wrote some thoughts on living with a brain injury.

JOLIET – Brian Zook of Joliet, a member of the brain injury support group that meets Wednesdays at Easterseals Joliet, wrote some thoughts on living with a brain injury.

“To discover the problem with a brain injury is about impossible,” Zook, who has a brain injury, wrote, “because it’s like a blind man trying to race a car at a race.”

At the brain injury support group, people share their thoughts, feelings and problems with others, who then share some possible solutions.

“We all understand the feelings together because we are there,” Zook said.

For instance, symptoms some people with traumatic brain injury may experience include confusion, mood swings, depression, memory loss, anxiety, seizures, stroke and bipolar disorder, Zook wrote.

Zook also provided reflections about living with TBI:

“The speed of life we can’t keep up with. We need some type of disability pay because we can’t keep up with others.”

“We do get tired faster than others.”

“Too many things going on at once confuse us.”

“We get happy, sad, mad, etc., faster than others because we have dead parts in our brains where our brains are trying to rewire to try to figure things out faster and this turns into overload.”

“Our brains have to be operating everything in our bodies: heart, lungs, etc. ... And when the brain is damaged, you never know when any one of these functioning systems could go down, even to death.”

“We have to write things down more to remember and do tasks. If we get told to do too much, we forget what we are doing.”

“When the brain doesn’t keep it, it feels like the end of the world.”

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Brain injury support group

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

WHERE: Easterseals Joliet Region, 212 Barney Drive, Joliet

INFORMATION: Contact Kathy Miller at at 815-931-9693 or kathy21miller@gmail.com.

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