Living with the impact of a brain injury and an invisible disability revealed my "four-leaf clover". My brain injury did not "happen to me", but "happened for me". Understanding that my brain injury "happened for me", "instead of to me", brought and gave me luck. Brought and gave me luck by responding, not reacting to the impact of my brain injury. Brought and gave … [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.
On March 17, 2021, I have been asked by the Brain Injury Association of Indiana to give my zoom presentation, Neuroplasticity, Setting Goals and Creating Hope After Brain Injury. “Neuroplasticity, Setting Goals and Creating Hope After Brain Injury and Stroke” Zoom Presentation For Professionals and Providers attending the Zoom Presentation My name is Craig J. … [Read more...]
To read the full article, click on this link: What I Discovered about Myself, My Brain Injury, and My Disability What I Discovered About Myself Although, I questioned whether I was smart enough to figure it out, had enough ambition to succeed or drive to not give up I am glad I did not give up on the process, God or myself. What I Discovered about my Brain … [Read more...]
I have created a video presentation of this article. To watch and listen to this video presentation click on this link: What I Discovered about Myself, My Brain Injury, and My Disability Video Presentation What I Discovered About Myself Although, I questioned whether I was smart enough to figure it out, had enough ambition to succeed or drive to not give up I am glad … [Read more...]
Several days ago, February 6, 2021, Second Chance to Live celebrated a 14th Anniversary. Over the course of the past year Second Chance to Live has continued to be a resource to the brain injury community both domestically and internationally. Be of service through articles, video presentations, e Books, Inspirational Posters and Zoom presentations. 33 Posters to … [Read more...]