By Angela

For those of us with brain injuries who are still romantics at heart, hoping that someone will fall in love with who we are.

50 First Dates (2004)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

Henry Roth is a veterinarian in Hawaii who specializes in having one-night stands with vacationing women. He gives up his playboy lifestyle when he meets Lucy Whitmore who suffers from short-term memory loss as a result of a car accident. Each morning she forgets everything that has happened the day before, leaving Henry with the task of finding different ways to romance her again and again and again.

Lucy has a wonderful support network of family and friends who are very protective of her. However, her family’s attempts to protect her, leave their lives and hers missing out on love and life. Henry comes up with a creative solution – a videotape in which he briefs Lucy every morning about her short-term memory challenges and the things she forgets everyday, like their strange romance.

Lucy decides to break up with Henry, concluding that it is unfair to him to have to deal with her daily memory problems. But this is unacceptable to Henry as he receives some indication that she has not completely forgotten him.

This is a great light-hearted, romantic comedy. Especially for those of us with brain injuries who dream that someone will come along who will fall so hard and deeply in love with us, that they are willing to go to the same lengths that Henry does for Lucy.

Are you a brain injury survivor with a real-life love story? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

© Angela Cramer, 2008

Tags: TBI, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, post concussion syndrome, movie recommendations, 50 First Dates, love story, short-term memory loss


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