August 18, 2012
Five years ago today I suffered a traumatic brain injury and almost lost my life. It's hard to believe it's been five years already, but at the same time it feels like just yesterday. Back with my brothers at camp playing the game we all loved so much, preparing for my senior year at Walsh.
The tackle I made was like any other routine tackle I've ever made in my football career; but my brain had shifted causing vessels that attached my brain to my skull to tear which led to severe bleeding around my brain. Got rushed to the hospital where I had to have the left side of my skull removed and was in a coma for eleven days.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about my injury and everything I've been through because of it. Learning how to walk again, feeling ashamed and embarrassed of how I looked, dealing with depression, being in denial that my life had changed, trying to re-learn the simplest tasks and how to compensate for the fact my brain and body didn't work like they used to. The list goes on and on...but I never gave up. Even though I went through some pretty dark times in my life because of it, it made me into the man I am today.
For the longest time when I looked in the mirror I never saw Brett. I didn't know who I was anymore or why I was here, I was lost. But now I am honestly the happiest I've ever been in my entire life; I see Brett again.
Once I finally realized that there are some things in life I cannot control and some questions I will never know the answer to, everything got so much easier for me. I quit asking God why this happened and started asking what He wanted me to do. This all happened to me for a reason, and even though I may never know that reason I believe in it and I trust in it. God has an ultimate plan for me. I thank God every day that I'm alive and He gave me a second chance at life. I am eternally grateful for this second chance and I'm not going to screw it up. I'm never going to let my brain injury define who I am as a person or what I am able to do. I can't thank all of you enough for the love, support and prayers over the years. You all saved my life. #TBIsurvivor #LoveYourBrain #WycinskiWarriors #12 #TBI