2.5 years ago, I had a brain injury. At the time, I could only use my fingers, not my arms or legs. I had to re-learn how to use my body, but I did, eventually. Also, I could only say "fu**" and "love." This is called aphasia. I had to re-learn the entire language of English. I was as close as anybody can really get to being dead. For months, nobody knew if I was going to live or be dead. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but now I am a writer again. I am also a photographer again.
Right now, I am in a class for photography, and I am doing very well. I have made 5 articles after my brain injury, and I would love to give them to you!
Before this happened, I was a: contortionist, sword swallower, suspensions, writer, creating music, and was a photographer. I also used to know Japanese and French, but after my brain injury, I don’t remember most of my life. Unfortunately, I do not remember those languages. I will have to re-learn them just like I had to re-learn English.
I really want to work again in the advertisement world, either as a writer or a photographer or both. I love that work because it was so creative. I was also a copywriter for SEOs, blogs, video scripts, website content writer, social media writing, presentation decks, and business plans. Now, I really do think that I am ready to work again, either as a writer or as a photographer.
I am still trying every day to become a contortionist again, and it is working, but it might take a year for me to really be ready to perform again. I can still do the sword swallowing fine, and I’m very happy about that. My neurologist told me that it is fine. I haven’t tried the suspension so far, because I have other things that I have to do before I will even think about doing that.
I made a book before my brain injury. It is a gay fiction, but it is about something that actually happened to me. I wrote this book, most of it, in about 2-3 weeks. It was just after my boyfriend, Philip, was killed by the boyfriend before me. All that I could do was to write and write at the time. I still believe that this book is the best book I’ve ever made. I would love to talk with a publisher about this book.
I’ve also made 29 songs. This is from my band before my brain injury. We are called All Systems A GoGo. You can get 4 singles of ours in both Spotify and in Itunes. I would also love to talk with a recording publisher about using all of these songs. Unfortunately, the other person in the band, Monica Hayworth/Sterling and I are not friend anymore, so these songs are the last songs from All Systems A GoGo.
So that is why I am writing to you right now. I need to feel like I’m working again. I hate my disability money because it always makes me feel like I am just a brain injury and nothing more than that. I know that this can’t be true.
I’m hoping that you can tell me to either publish my book, my music, or help me to get work as a copywriter/photographer. Thanks for reading this, and I really hope that we can talk soon!
-Christopher Erle ChristopherNeed Your Advice April 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm10 190