Jon Johnston

What It’s Like To Have A Brain Injury – Returning To A Memory Black Hole

Haymarket Park Lincoln Nebraska

I recently returned to Haymarket Park, the college baseball stadium at the University of Nebraska. I did photography during the Nebraska – Rutgers series. It was the first time I’d been back to Haymarket since I died of a widow maker heart attack on August 21st, 2015. I was dead for over 20 minutes. In June 2016 I was diagnosed with a brain injury.

Haymarket was a black hole for me. I have memories of being at baseball games there, but I couldn’t remember anything about what it looked like. I couldn’t place it even when I looked at a map.

How can that be? How does that happen?

I came up with an idea I call “warehouse theory of memory loss” which I explain here. It’s very scientific.

I did this video to describe what it’s like to have a brain injury.

Why is this important?

Because brain injuries happen. You have a car accident. You get run over on your bicycle. You slip while walking on the ice and hit your head. You play sports and get a concussion. You fall over dead one day out of the blue because of a heart attack.

I mentioned shooting football and baseball. Here are the links to the photos I shot that weekend.

Nebraska Football Spring Game: Photo Gallery !

Nebraska Baseball vs Rutgers: A Series Loss in Photos