In the world in which we live we may find ourselves buying into a “fast food” or “microwave” mindset. In the process, we may have found that we do not know how to enjoy our lives. Such a mindset can lead us to believe that if “things” do not happen “quickly” that there is something wrong. In the process, we may find ourselves stuck in the past or frozen in the present. In … [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
In the world in which we live we may find ourselves buying into a "fast food" or "microwave" mindset. In the process, we may have a difficult time truly enjoying our lives. Such a mindset can lead us to believe that if "things" do not happen "quickly" that there is something wrong. In the process, we may find ourselves stuck in the past or frozen in the present. In the … [Read more...]
In August 1967, when I was 10 years old, I sustained an open skull fracture with right frontal lobe damage in an automobile accident. In 1967 little was known about traumatic brain injuries or invisible disabilities. Consequently, once my external wounds healed and I looked normal the impact of the right frontal lobe, severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement became … [Read more...]
To watch and listen to the video presentation of the article, you may click on this link: When I Accept and Adapt to What I Can Not Change I am Much Happier Video Presentation Over the past 6 or so months the YMCA, where I workout, has been going through a renovation. These renovations began in the men's locker room in the past couple of days. During a conversation, … [Read more...]
Yesterday I attended a support group meeting. When asked if anyone had a topic one individual shared that they had been struggling over the past week. The individual went on to share that as the week unfolded they realized that events had triggered some childhood fears. As members shared their experience, strength and hope I was reminded that I could change the way I think … [Read more...]