Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color

Brain Injury–Pros and Cons


  • Loss of independence
  • Sensory overload (i.e. difficulties processing sensor input)
  • Emotional volatility (including depression, anxiety, rage)
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Short attention span/easily distracted
  • Damaged sequential thinking
  • Trouble with task initiatio
  • Pros:
  • Heightened awareness (including self-awareness)
  • More in tune with environment
  • More of an extrovert
  • Improved ability to connect with people
  • Increased ability to discover the passion and joy in life
  • Heightened creativity
  • An amazing journey

P.S. Through my brain injury, I discovered writing and rediscovered teaching. I am an author and much better teacher.
P.P.S. My gains far outweigh my losses. I wouldn’t want to repeat the experience, but I wouldn’t undo it. Through my journey, I have grown as a person and I like who I have become better than the old me.