I’ve survived 40 cognitive challenges/brain injuries. Why do I say that I’m challenged vs. disabled, retarded, handicapped, etc., because these terms only reflect our harsh treatment of survivors of trauma. I use the optimisitc explanatory learning style vs. the pessimisitic explanatory learning style. My first cognitive challenge came at the age of 12 in 1977. I was hit in the head by a vechile resulting in a three month coma. I’ve recovered to be a substitute teacher in our local schools. If I can provide evidence that recovery is slow, but can happen, then that is my purpose.