After a brain injury many things seem lost. Hope seems lost. For 39 of nearly 56 years, I lived my life not knowing how the impact of my brain injury and an invisible disability affected. Affected my life and well-being. Consequently, I lived my life trying to not be impacted my brain injury and invisible disability, with little success. As I became aware of my brain injury … [Read more...]
Creating Hope following Brain Injury
Following a brain injury the individuals world may be turned upside down. As a result the individual may have a hard time grasping hope. Creating hope can be a foreign concept. The individual may place their hope in "quick fixes and silver bullets". When quick fixes and silver bullets are found to not exist, discouragement and disappointment take the place of hope. In my experience I lived with discouragement and disappointment for many years. As an individual living with a brain injury hope seemed to be an illusive creature.
Through my recovery process I discovered that my definition and expectations clouded my ability to recognize hope. My concept of hope held me hostage when things did not change. Hostage to the belief that hope was for naught. But I am glad that I discovered that hope is not limited by my definition or expectations.
Through my experience I discovered some thing that helped me tremendously. Hope is not some thing that tethers me to some thing that may happen in the future. Hope, instead is something to experience in the present. What I discovered helped me to realize that hope, like faith; becomes evident by taking action. By taking action, I discovered; I can experience hope in the now. I don't have to wait for hope. Instead, I can create and have an active part in the process of hope. Articles in this category are written and shared to encourage, motivate, empower and engage, you and I; in the process of creating hope.
Facing Adversity and Having Options when Life Does Not Make Sense
I have been thinking about my life and adversity. I have been thinking about my relationship with the God of my understanding. Through my recovery process, I have come to realize that at times I was angry at God. I was angry at God because I was unable to see beyond my perspective of life and adversity. I was angry at God and life itself because I kept running into one wall … [Read more...]
Neuroplasticity, Setting Goals and Creating Hope After Brain Injury Power Point Presentation and Rehabilitation Hospitals
On February 15, 2023 I have been asked to give my presentation, "Neuroplasticity, Setting Goals and Creating Hope after Brain Injury and Stroke" with the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC through the zoom platform. Neuroplasticity, Setting Goals and Creating Hope After Brain Injury and Stroke Power Point Presentation Committing to a Program of … [Read more...]
Brain Injury Recovery: How long will it take until I am able to get back to being able to do…?
Living with a brain injury and wanting things to be different is a recipe for frustration and bewilderment. A recipe leaving us asking "Why?" and "What Now?". Yesterday, October 11th I gave my presentation, "Neuroplasticity, Setting Goals and Creating Hope after Brain injury and Stroke" to the Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association Support Group. After my … [Read more...]
Second Chance to Live added to Brain Injury of America’s National Speakers Bureau
I wanted to share some good news with the Second Chance to Live community, as we as with the Building Your Life after Traumatic Brain Injury Facebook community. Today, September 29, 2022 Second Chance to Live was added to the Brain Injury of America's Speakers Bureau. Below is a link to the news. Speakers Bureau --The Mary Lou Sullivan Memorial National Directory of … [Read more...]