One of my best friends is a Neuropsychologist. I knew she worked with patients with TBI, and I knew she was a Psychologist but I truly never really understood what she did until I got my severe Traumatic Brain Injury. She has dedicated her life and studies to this and she has always been so passionate for what she does. I feel badly for never truly getting it, getting her and what she does. But let me tell you, I get it now and I am so unbelievably lucky and happy to have a friend who is a doctor and specializes in traumatic brain injury. I never knew I would need her experience and expertise in our friendship, we definitely didn’t want it, but how freaking lucky am I to have one of my closest friends to be a professional in what I now live with? Holy crap, so lucky! I don’t love to blur the lines of doctor and friend and she is not my doctor, but she is my friend and when I am confused and having doubts about info I see or read, I reach out to her for clairty and honesty to explain some stuff to me and it’s so appreciated and nice to know I can ask my friend and she tells me stuff like it is and doesn’t sugar coat shit. I have been so confused with so many things that I hear and read about in the brain injury world, and instead of just believing what I hear or read, it’s pretty amazing to have a friend who specializes in TBI to break it down for me. She also understands me, my confusion and my millions of questions, not everyone does. So it’s pretty special to have a friend who totally gets me, why I may say or do something and to be there as a friend but a friend who specializes in TBI, it’s amazing. She is not my doctor, she does not and can not diagnose me, she does not blur the lines from friend to medical professional, but she does help explain things to me and I trust that what she is explaining is accurate. It’s a pretty amazing bonus to one of my favorite people. I’m so grateful for her, I’m sad I had to learn the way I did about what she does, but what a bonus to have such a special friend.
Happy 39th birthday to one of my most special friends and people in my life. We have been friends for about 20 years now and through those 20 years we have been through so much. But Brie has always been Brie, and real, honest and fun. She’s a blessing of a friend and we have been friends through so much good, bad and hard but I’m so grateful to still have her in my life and her family, her husband Ray who she’s been with since before I met her and who I started to be friends with, the both of them back in like 1998. We have all had so much fun together, so many experiences in life. She was my friend in my first marriage and luckily she is still my friend in my second marriage. I was there for her wedding and it was so fun, she was there for my wedding and her and her husband were in my wedding. She has been there for it all. She is a genuine, beautiful, smart and fun friend for sure. I’m so glad to have done more than half my life with you💙🎲