Now that I am seeing some results from cpap, I can’t believe the damage I’ve done to my brain my whole life. I spent years in therapy, tried every medication, went to countless doctors, pain 10s of thousands of dollars in medical bills, nearly dropped out of college, watched as most of my friends went on to great careers while I wilted because “my brain didn’t work”. I never really felt tired or had the typical symptoms. Now I’m 27 and I think about the life I could have had. I always knew I was smart but something that was outside of my control was giving me a daily lobotomy.
I know it’s not realistic to think I’ll ever achieve the brain I would’ve had had I treated my sleep apnea my whole life, but maybe, just maybe, I can become a functional person and enjoy my time on this cold rock. I’ve got nothing to lose.