When someone suffers a brain injury, it can change everything about them. They are changed so much that their post-TBI self is often referred to as their "new normal" The high likelihood of a "new normal" was something I can remember my doctors repeatedly stressing to me almost immediately following my TBI.
Now, I think that my doctors were some of the best when it comes to treating TBI and were doing the right thing by repeatedly bringing it to my attention. They were simply trying to prepare me for the likely course of my future. But for the longest time, I failed to comprehend what they were saying. I wasn't hearing any of it. I didn't believe it was true. I had every intention of getting back the normal I'd always known, the one I was comfortable with. And based on my past experience, with enough hard work and determination, I totally expected this to be the case.
However, despite my best efforts, the normal I was seeking, the one I always knew, the one I already understood, was nowhere to be found. The normal of my past had left the building and an unrecognizable new one had moved in to take its place.