-In this episode it followed people who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. These people mostly followed a Restitution narrative in one way and in other a Quest narrative. These people suffered injuries and accidents and did not have these illnesses one day and then had brain injuries the next. One of the subjects was trying to return to school after going through extensive rehabbing from his brain injury. He still had to walk with a cane and had slurred speech, but was able to make a concerted effort to go back to school. Another one of the subjects, who was in an auto accident lacked facial recognition and social abilities after his brain injury and was trying to relearn social behaviors and reunite with his friends from school.
-These people mainly followed the major six aspects of an illness narrative. They kind of told what their story was generally about, then orientated their stories by saying what caused their injuries, what deficits they suffered from, and how it was presenting itself, then the complicating action was not only the injury itself, but how they were at rejoining their past lives, they then evaluated their illnesses and how they applied coping tools, and then how its resulted in where they are now and the overall effect it has on their present situation. Mostly these were quest narratives because they had the goal of making their lives complete with their injuries, not actually being cured on their symptoms.
-Particularly for the boy who had issues recognizing faces and adhering to social norms, it seemed there was a bit a cultural stigma. He was seen as being rude or disagreeable by the people who knew him before his injury, particularly his family and friends from school. He was also worried how his illness affected others, whether or not they would be offended that he no longer recognized them. The stigma was not so much on the illnesses itself, because no one can help a traumatic brain injury, but it was more the people around them not understanding why they were behaving in a certain way and it not being immediately obvious what injury or deficits they suffered form.
-These subjects were able to accept their sick roles and take on the rights and responsibilities of their injuries. They did this mainly by adapting to their new roles in their past lives. I think these illness narratives were not only helpful to the person with the disability themselves to grapple with their new lives, but also helped them to relate to those around them. And it helped their family and friends better connect with the person experience and illness and how their lives will be from now on.
MTV. (Producer) (2010). “true life: I have a traumatic brain injury” [Television series episode]. In True Life. MTV. Retrieved from http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-i-have-a-traumatic-brain-injury/1638298/playlist.jhtml