Yesterday I published the article, Living with Right Frontal Lobe Damage and a Decision that Changed my Life.
In today’s article I will share what I discovered that helped to guide me to living my purpose.
Living my purpose as an individual living with the impact of right frontal lobe damage.
For many years I bought into the notion that I was the impact of my right frontal lobe damage. I bought into this notion because I could not see a way out of or beyond the “box”.
From My Experience
Because I could not seem to find a way out of or beyond the “box” of my right frontal lobe damage, I focused on the identity of the diagnosis. The diagnosis (right frontal lobe damage) kept me in the “box” and the prognosis (my limitations) became the way I looked at myself. * If interested, my About Page
These repeated disappointments resulted in my buying into the notion that I was the identity of my right frontal lobe damage (diagnosis). Because I focused on what I could not do because of my right frontal lobe damage, I believed what I was told that I could not accomplish with my life (prognosis).
As I focused on what I could not accomplish I became angry at what I could not change. In my anger I desperately attempted to disprove what I was told that I could and could not accomplish with my life. When I was unable to get out of or move beyond the box, I became depressed and despondent.
My depression and despondency, over what I was powerless to change, helped me to realize that I was grieving the impact of my right frontal lobe damage.
But thank God that through my grieving process and being able to grieve what I could not change I began to realize that I had other choices. That there was a way to get out of and beyond the “box”.
A way out of and beyond the “box” of my diagnosis and prognosis and a guide to living my purpose. A guide to living beyond limiting beliefs surrounding a diagnosis, prognosis, labels, stereotypes and stigmatization.
That is why I encourage individuals living with brain injuries to move out of and beyond the “box” of a diagnosis and prognosis.
The “box” of a diagnosis, prognosis, labels, stereotypes, stigmatization and symptoms to recover in their whole person.
To recover after their right frontal lobe damage and brain injury in their whole person. Their mind, body, spirit, soul and emotions.
Because a brain injury affects and impacts the whole person, not just the brain.
Over the Course of the Past 23 Months
Over the course of the past 23 months I have been sharing a 7 part presentation series though out the United States. Each part of this series — from Part 1 to Part 7 — builds upon the previous part of the series.
The series speaks to ongoing brain injury recovery of the whole person.
Below are links to PDF outlines of each of my 7 presentations, which I am available to share with your group or organization at no cost to you. To schedule and see a list of places spoken, Click Here.
Believing in Ourselves through Self-Advocacy — A Guide to Owning Our Power after Brain Injury and Stroke Presentation
12 Ways to Enhance Our Lives, Well-Beings and Relationships after a Brain Injury and Stroke Presentation
I have been using different Martial Art Disciplines for the past 26 years to create new neural pathways and brain reorganization through repetitive mirrored movements.
Below are recent demonstrations of my using these different disciplines to work on small and large muscle groups / gross and fine motor skills.
To improve and enhance muscle memory, coordination, agility, body awareness, hand/foot/eye coordination, precision, dexterity, spatial orientation and balance on both the right and left side of my body.
Stick Fighting, Knife, Western Boxing & Wing Chun Drills September 2, 2021
Transition Drills to Improve Agility, Focus, Speed & Coordination September 6, 2021
Neuroplasticity and Martial Arts and Second Chance to Live February 14, 2022 Monday