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Several years ago I wrote an article in response to a conversation that I had with a woman who was in the process of breaking up with a friend of mine whose life had been impacted by a brain injury. My friend has since passed away, however what I wrote about in that article can be applied to present day affairs.
Over the past week I have felt led to share the contents of the article with you. My hope is that in reprinting this article a greater understanding and acceptance will be gained both by individuals who have experienced brain injuries and by those who are in relationships with individuals who have experienced brain injuries.
During the past 2 1/2 years — since I wrote the article — I have grown in my own self-acceptance through the articles that I have written for Second Chance to Live. My family and close friends have also grown in their awareness and acceptance of how my life is and has been impacted by the invisible nature of my disability.
My goal is not to blame or point the finger in any ones direction. I have found that such activity does no one any good. My interest is to share with you how denial stymied my inability to love and accept myself. My goal — this this article – is to encourage, motivate, empower and provide hope to individuals who may be still in denial.
In the original print of the article I included the complete article. In this print, I will divide the article into smaller sections.
On February 6, 2010 Second Chance to Live will celebrate a 3 year anniversary. During the past 3 years I have grown in my ability to love and accept myself. May you also grow in your ability to love and accept yourself as an individual who experienced a brain injury.
Please read Part 1 of the article in Part 2. Thank you.
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