Name: Hope B
Brain Injury: Concussion-mild TBI, post-concussion syndrome
Explanation of Mask: The red side of my mask stands for the anger and frustration that comes with a head injury. The darker red spots represent the frustration that I feel because my whole world has changed and I am trying to find a “new normal” which is hard. The yellow side of the mask represents the hope that I have; I believe that I will eventually be able to find my “new normal”. The tears represent the sadness I have that comes from a brain injury. It also represents the grief that I have due to having to start over. I have had to relearn a lot of stuff and it is sad when you realize you won’t be 100% again. The black pipe cleaners represent the dizziness that comes with a brain injury. I am constantly dizzy which makes life a fun adventure. The string represents the nausea that I have every day. And lastly the explanation marks represent the constant headaches I deal with every day. Being dizzy, nauseous, with constant headaches is not fun; but I have had to learn to cope with it.