Improving our brain and body's ability through staying committed and disciplined to a program of repetitive mirrored movements will empower our ability to excel and achieve what we never dreamed possible. I share my experience with you to encourage you to begin (if you have not already started) your process of creating new neural pathways and brain reorganization through … [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
Achieving goals after experiencing a brain injury can seem overwhelming. Seem overwhelming especially when we look at the mountains that seem to be in the way of achieving those goals. As we look at the mountain, we may begin to experience some anxiety that is followed by depression. We may feel overwhelmed by the mountain. We may allow the size of the mountain to … [Read more...]
I have been thinking about the nature of life. In February 2008 I wrote the article, Living with a Brain Injury, Life and Living our Dreams. To share the contents of that article, I created a slideshow presentation. Below you may watch the slideshow presentation at your own rate and pace. “Dreams do not vanish, so long as people do not abandon them.” Phantom F. … [Read more...]
Living with the impact of a brain injury can leave you and I feeling unimportant. Unimportant in ways that leave you and I feeling less than, ineffective, ineffectual, weak, feeble, and useless… Feeling as though our lives and our efforts do not matter. But that is not the truth. Don’t Let Anyone tell You — You Aren’t Enough Because... The reality is that we are powerful … [Read more...]
Following our brain injury we may be confronted by various “voices”. Voices that tell us what we can and can not accomplish. Voices that want us to believe in a truth that limits. But the good news is that we can question these voices. The good news is that we can value the importance of owning our truth after a brain injury. Apart from finding, owning and living our … [Read more...]