To those who do not completely understand and think we’re making excuses, please know that recovery can take YEARS — and may never be full and complete. Next time you’re tempted to imply that we’re making excuses, understand that most survivors will be left with a combination of these symptoms:Short-term memory lossTrouble focusing our attentionNeuro-fatigue (running out of energy)Dizziness and balance issuesCognitive deficits (processing things slower than before)Aphasia (trouble recalling or understanding words)Not being able to handle overstimulation (lots of people and noise)Anxiety about the simplest thingsDepressionChronic painIn short, we are NOT making excuses, we are simply doing the best we can with what we have been given. All of us want to get back to work, back to a meaningful life, back to the way we were before our injury. It’s a long, lonely road, which is not made easier by other people’s ignorance. Remember, compassion makes the world go around.I have a brain injury, what’s YOUR excuse?!