Today, February 6, 2018 marks the 11th year anniversary of Second Chance to Live. If you are not familiar with my process my traumatic brain injury (open and depressed skull fracture, right frontal lobe dame, a severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement and a left femur (thigh bone) fracture occurred in 1967 in a motor vehicle accident. I remained in a coma for 3 weeks … [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
Yesterday I finished a slideshow Traumatic Brain Injury and Resilience and Solutions Revealed Slideshow Presentation. Below are a few lines from the article from which the slideshow was created. "During the past week, I was asked to write a post on the topic of resilience. Consequently, I spent some time thinking about how resilience has been a benefit to me. From my … [Read more...]
Have you ever come away from a conversation feeling anxious with a sense of dread? For many years I had no idea what I was experiencing in the aftermath of these conversations. And then one day I heard someone use the term, "emotional hangovers". The term "emotional hangover" certainly made sense to me, as I experienced anguish, worry, doubt, distress. tension, fear, dread, … [Read more...]
To listen to and watch the video presentation of the article, click on this link: Traumatic Brain Injury and a Message of Hope for Parents Video Presentation Episode 355 Last night I attended a support group meeting. When the time came for me to share I shared several lessons that have helped me. As the discussion began I heard parents share about their sadness … [Read more...]
Living with the impact of brain injury can leave you and I feeling vulnerable. Vulnerable to the belief that who we are and what we bring to the "table of life" is of little worth, value or significance. Sadly, this faulty belief can lead you and me; to believe, that who we are and what we can become as individuals no longer matter. In response, we can … [Read more...]