Several days ago I created a new YouTube channel, Introduction to Building Your Life After Traumatic Brain Injury, to explore and answer questions. In response, someone asked how they could better organize their life. Below I will share their question and what helped me to better organize my life after my traumatic brain Injury. As you have questions that you would like … [Read more...]
Brain Injury Recovery -- An Ongoing Process
Recovery from a brain injury is an ongoing process. Once external wounds have healed brain injuries many times become invisible. Because of the invisible nature of brain injuries, denial often interferes in the recovery process. One's own denial and the denial of family and friends. Many times the brain injury survivor finds themselves isolated and alone because of changes. Changes that are out of their control. Changes that are often hard to identify. In this category, I will share what helped me to begin to understand. I share what helped me to begin to accept myself when other people couldn't or wouldn't accept me. Accept me in new reality. As I began to recover I began to realize that I did not have to limit myself because of my limitations.
In this category I go on to share what has helped me to continue to recovery. Recover from the impact of living with a brain injury and an invisible disability for nearly 49 years. In my experience, as I grew in my recovery process, I grew in hope. May what I share in this category and through out Second Chance to Live help you in your process to also grow in hope. With hope, we can live our dreams. With hope we can accomplish what we never dreamed possible. Our brain injuries do not have to define who we are as individuals. Our limitations do not have to limit us. In this category I share articles that have helped to empower me in my ongoing brain injury recovery process.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the 1st step. Once we start walking, before long we will be able to see how far we have come in our process, because we did not give up." Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Riddle: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.
"If you advance confidently in the direction of your dream and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined...you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau
Following a brain injury, individuals may experience changes in their personality and in their learning style. As a result, their ability to learn and accomplish activities of daily living may result in frustration. Frustration may also occur when individuals living with brain injuries hear, "You Look Normal." As though looking normal means nothing happened to … [Read more...]
On April 12, 2019, I created the Building Your Life after Traumatic Brain injury YouTube Channel to explore and answer questions that impact individuals. Individuals who are living with the impact of traumatic and acquired brain injuries. I created this new channel because “Building Your Life After Traumatic Brain Injury” is more specific to individuals living with brain … [Read more...]
Recently I was speaking with a friend who attended a conference on trauma-informed care. As we spoke I realized that I have been offering trauma-informed care during the past 12 years through Second Chance to Live. Trauma-informed care to empower the individual, not the trauma. Background Information In May 1985 I obtained my undergraduate degree (BA) in Theology with a … [Read more...]
I have changed the name of my Facebook page (Craig J. Phillips) and my Facebook group (Building Your Life After Traumatic Brain Injury). When I first started on Facebook in 2011 or 2012, I had no idea what separated pages from groups. I thought there was just one way to share content from Second Chance to Live on Facebook, through pages. Over the past several days I have … [Read more...]