Experiencing self-acceptance can be difficult for individuals living with brain injuries.
As a result, individuals living with brain injuries may begin to doubt themselves.
This doubt can undermine their ability to trust or believe in themselves.
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Labels, stereotypes, and stigmatization can lead individuals — living with brain injuries — to believe that they are their brain injuries.
In this belief, individuals living with brain injuries may find themselves angry. Angry at themselves and angry at the “world”.
I was angry at the impact of my brain injury. I was angry at the labels and stereotypes that society placed on me. I was angry for being minimized and marginalized.
Minimized, marginalized, dismissed and discounted for what was out of my control to change. I was angry at what I was powerless to change.
But I am grateful for this anger. For this anger and frustration motivated me to make changes. Changes that helped me to begin a journey of self-acceptance.
The journey of self-acceptance through a grieving process. A grieving process that helped me to accept what I could not change.
The acceptance of what I could not change gave me the ability to change what I could. By changing what I could, I grew in self-acceptance. And as I grew in self-acceptance I gained the ability to get into action.
The action that would prove to me that I was not my brain injury. The action that gave me the ability (to begin) to create hope in my life.
Hope that gave me the ability to grow in self-acceptance. And as I grew in self-acceptance I began to realize that my brain injury no longer had to limit me.
In the process, I discovered my own unique creative capacity to use my gifts, talents, and ability in ways that would work for me.
And as I grew in self-acceptance I began to realize that I could explore and define myself. Define myself apart from labels, stereotypes, and stigmatization.
Growing in self-acceptance gave in my ability to trust myself. The ability to trust myself, a loving God and the process.
And as I grow in self-acceptance I grow in my ability to love, accept and approve of myself.
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