On November 19 I gave my presentation, "Finding Purpose after Brain Injury and Stroke" to a peer support group at Harvard University. At the end of my presentation I was asked several questions. What is the role of social support forums? How can families and friends best support individuals living with brain injuries? Given the limited time, I gave a brief answer. I … [Read more...]
Building Self-Esteem after Brain Injury
Self-esteem is slowly stripped away following a brain injury. The individual often find that their relationships have changed. The relationship they had with people and the relationship that they had with themselves. What was once familiar, may now seem foreign. What was once a way to build a sense of self may no longer work. As a result the individual living with a brain injury may have a difficult time relating to themselves and to other people. Articles in this category are written to help the individual living with a brain injury to re-build a relationship with themselves.
In the process of rebuilding a relationship with ourselves we gain a sense of self. In the process, we create our new sense of what it means to esteem ourselves. As we build a relationship with ourselves and gain a sense of self we gain the power to follow our dreams. Follow our dreams in ways that work for us. In the process we learn how to relate to other people in ways that work for us. In the process, we build self-esteem. Although our relationships may have changed, we discover the value of having a relationship with ourselves.
Recently an individual asked to join our Building Your Life after Traumatic Brain Injury Facebook Community. The individual asked to join our community to find out how to experience normal after their brain injury. Experiencing normal after a brain injury can be both baffling and confusing. Baffling and confusing as we compare the way that we experienced normal before our … [Read more...]
Don't Give Up on Your Process and Journey. Stay committed to running your own race. More will be revealed with time. Slow and Steady wins the Race. On this date. August 11, 55 years ago, my unknown journey began. The journey that would bring a light into the brain injury community. Bring a light that would change the course of brain injury recovery and brain injury … [Read more...]
My name is Craig J. Phillips. In 1967, at the age of 10, I sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in an accident. A fractured skull with right frontal lobe damage, a severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement and a 3 week coma. Consequently, I grew up with special needs that left me in the "dark". Left me in the dark' as I sought to navigate … [Read more...]
Several days ago I wrote and published "Comprehensive History of Second Chance to Live -- Answering the Call that Never Came". To share the information in this article with individuals who learn through watching and listening, today I am creating a video presentation of the article. Introduction to the Article Below is a comprehensive history of Second Chance to Live … [Read more...]