A brain injury is a lifelong battle. It’s not something that you just “get over” or recover from within a few months – or years – or ever. If you’re lucky enough to have a brain injury you are forever changed. FOREVER. I had a massive brain injury. Some moron in my life that didn’t understand why I was still sick a year later said to a friend of mine “is she trying hard enough?” Someone also said to me once “you should be happy, you were almost dead a year ago.” I cannot begin to explain the stupidity of these comments. Stupid is not even the word for them. The people who made these comments are no longer in my life (thank God) so I feel ok about calling those comments stupid. 🙂 That’s what they are. They are extremely, extremely, extremely insensitive and stupid. Anyone that would think even for a second that I’m not trying is out of their mind. But, nobody knows anything about stroke, especially strokes in young people. Don’t think that your doctors know anything about strokes – they don’t. The lack of knowledge about strokes is NO excuse for being so insensitive though. Learn how to act and what to say.