You Don’t Know Me     by Janice Tindle

Where were you when I cried out in pain?

Where were you when the heartache began?

When the world moved so fast that the images were just a mass of hues

And the noise made my ears bleed?

Where were you when the light made me scream

And the confusion made me wish I was dead?

Where were you?

Alone in the darkness I prayed for mercy, the sweet release of death,

Or the strength to carry on.

Where were you?

When the strength came and I rebuilt my life,

When I put the pieces together one at a time,

And made a new me?

A me you don’t know.

A me made from carnage and hope.

A me made from lost memories and broken dreams,

From courage and a new found personal power,

From perseverance and the entrance into a new life of the broken,

To find the beauty in being alive,

No matter what.

No matter what.

Beyond the ridiculous ridicule and judgement,

I survived.

I survive still.

And am whole in my brokenness because I am beyond the scope of definition.

I am a traumatic brain injury survivor.

Beyond your comprehension,

But more than I ever expected.

And with the influence of God,

I am.

And the shame is,

You don’t know me.


NOTICE: NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, from my website may be use without a request in writing to me. Permission, if granted, will be done in writing. Failure to do so will result in possible prosecution. I am the sole owner of my words and at point of publication on this site it is copyrighted as mine. - copyright 2012 Janice Tindle In 2010, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries when hit by an under insured driver. It changed my life. I now live with Dystonia, a rare and painful neurologal disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and abnormal posturing. There is no treatment or cure. The best one can do is treat the symptoms. You can learn more at I try to write about people and things that help and inspire my readers. You can find more of my story by going to I am also on Facebook, where I have five pages, Pain Brain -Anti- Inflammatory Foods, Brain Tears, The Positive Posters Page, Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Page, Janice Tindle- Writer. I am also on Twitter and LinkedIn. Simply Google my name and my published articles should appear. I've been published in Fearless Caregiver, Today's Caregiver, TBI Hope and Inspiration Magazine, The, and several other publications. I am currently a caregiver for my dear mother. My hope is to someday finish my books, "Get Back Up!" and "Galicia's Granite" during my mother's lifetime. Your interest in my care, recovery and writing is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Comments are welcome.
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3 Responses to You Don’t Know Me     by Janice Tindle

  1. *TBIjourney* says:

    I enjoy reading your posts. Can you do me a favor and check my blog out. I sustained a TBI last year and trying to spread awareness…enjoy feedback as well. Thanks

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