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. To watch the slideshow presentation of this … [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
Sustaining a brain injury can result in a loss of identity. As a result we may have bought into the notion that we are our brain injuries. What was once familiar to us, becomes foreign. We may have lost our sense of significance, self-esteem, and self-respect. But there is good news. Discovering our significance, self-esteem, and self-respect, after a brain injury, is in our … [Read more...]
At the end of December 2015 I created the 2nd of my 10 eBooks: Being Your own Hero through Overcoming Adversity — Tools for Rebuilding Your Life. I created this eBook to share what helped me rebuild and continues to help me to rebuild my life after my brain injury. The information provided in this eBook can benefit anyone who is living with a visible or an invisible … [Read more...]
Changing the way that I thought about failure and success helped me to reset the way that I pursued my goals, hopes and dreams. Changing the way that I thought about failure and success helped me to stop judging my efforts. In June 2007 I wrote an article to share what helped me to change the way that I thought about failure and success. I would invite you to read the below … [Read more...]
After signing on today, I opened YouTube. After opening the page, I felt led to watch an interview, of Verne Troyer. Verne Troyer played the character"Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers movies. While watching the interview, Verne said something to the interviewer that stood out to me. When asked by the interviewer concerning people looking at him because of his dwarfism, Verne … [Read more...]