As many of my close friends know, I was hit by a pickup truck while riding my bicycle in 2005 & required immediate brain surgery. God performed a miracle & I survived, & I seem to be pretty much back to normal. The only remaining effects of that day are: I'm a little more hesitant when riding my bicycle (I got a new one about 5 years after the accident), I'm a bit more uncoordinated (not that I was that coordinated before), & the biggest one is short-term memory loss. I am able to still function normally as long as I write things down & record appointments on the calendar in my cell phone. Sometimes it's a little inconvenient when I have to retrace my steps until I remember what I went upstairs to do, but I've gotten used to it.
In many ways, this abnormal memory is a blessing in disguise. I may forget what I had for lunch that day, but I clearly remember something from 15 or 20 years ago. Forgetting things can be a blessing, too. You know that negative thing someone said that you just can't get out of your mind? That doesn't happen to me much, anymore. Also, I can read a comic book that I've read several times before & still be surprised!