Below article is in follow up to my zoom presentation.
As I have shared, I believe that an ongoing brain injury recovery process needs to involve the whole person. What makes the person who they are through their mind, body, spirit, soul and emotions after their brain Injury,
Because each individual has a “history” before their brain injury, being aware of one’s history is very important. Very important to know how one’s history affected lives, well-beings and relationships before their brain injury.
Understanding how the individual’s body, soul, spirit, mind and emotions were impacted prior to their brain injury gives insight. Insight into how the individual related to themselves and to individuals in their lives. Understanding how the individual’s body, soul, spirit, mind and emotions were impacted by their family of origin (family unit or nuclear family) gives insight. Insight into dynamics that may have positively or negatively impacted their self-esteem, self-acceptance, feelings of self-worth and value.
Examining how the individual’s body, soul, spirit, mind and emotions were impacted through growing up and living within the nuclear family or family unit is important. Important, as this gives the individual insight into how they interpreted their lives, well-beings and relationships. Interpreted their lives, well-beings and relationships before their traumatic, acquired brain injuries or stroke. Once an individual sustains a traumatic, acquired brain injury or a stroke, the way in which life is interpreted changes.
No One is to Blame, as that Does no One any Good
What may once have been confusing, now becomes complicated with different moving parts. Denial (our own and those of family members and friends), clouds the way that we experience life and relationships. Growing in awareness, acceptance and the ability to take action becomes essential. Without a growing awareness and acceptance the brain injury survivor may stay stuck. Stuck by denial, an ongoing sense of over responsibility, shame, isolation and an alienation from both themselves and significant relationships.
In My Experience
In my experience and for many years I stayed stuck. I stayed stuck for many year because I was led to believe that “It” was my fault. That if I just, then I would be able to… and not be impacted. And, if I did not measure up, then I would experience anguish and frustration. But, thank God that through much anguish I was able to confront my own denial and I began to recover. Recover beyond the denial of people who could not accept what I was powerless to change, the impact of my traumatic brain injury and invisible disability.
Over the years and through growing in awareness and acceptance, I have been better able to accept my reality and to work on enhancing my life, well-being and relationships. Through being aware and growing in acceptance, I began to understand how my life had been affected by the denial of family and friends. Over the course of the past 15 3/4 years I have written articles, e Books, created video and zoom presentations to share what helped me to realize. Realize that I could do things differently to get different results.
Articles that you May find to be Useful
Below are articles that have helped me to understand how my history impacted my ability to accept myself. Information that have helped me to begin to heal and create a new history. Create a new history through my mind, body, spirit, soul and emotions in ways that would work for me, Information that helped me to realize that I could do things differently. Differently than what I had been led to believe about myself. Information that helped to create through my gifts, talents and abilities to enhance my life, well-being and relationships.
Creating a New History after Experiencing a Brain Injury
The Information in these articles may help you to understand how your history was impacted before your traumatic/acquired brain injury or stroke. The information in these articles may then help you to create a new history after your traumatic/acquired brain injury or stroke, Create a new history through your body, soul, spirit, mind and emotions. Create a new history through your gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for you. In ways that will work for you to enhance both your life, well-being and relationships.