I watched an episode of Grey's Anatomy once that stays in my mind. There was this guy in ICU. When they brought in his wife and she saw his condition, she froze. The man she was looking at was nothing like the man she knew as her husband.
The doctor looks at her and says, "I know all you see now is damage and machines, but he's still there."
The Dr. said exactly what I most times want to scream! I know when you look at me, all you see is damage, but I'm still here. I'm still here. I am the same one who once made you laugh and smile. I am the one who organizes her food before she eats it and startles when you walk into a room. I am the one who writes sad stories but is always hopeful. I am the dreamer, the lover, the compassionate one who cries over hairless dogs and people I'll never meet. I am here.