My name is Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA. I have a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. I am an author, advocate, and keynote speaker. I sustained an open skull fracture with right frontal lobe damage, a severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement. This occurred in a car accident when I was 10 years old in 1967. Although I was not expected to succeed beyond high … [Read more...]
Brain Injury Recovery -- An Ongoing Process
Recovery from a brain injury is an ongoing process. Once external wounds have healed brain injuries many times become invisible. Because of the invisible nature of brain injuries, denial often interferes in the recovery process. One's own denial and the denial of family and friends. Many times the brain injury survivor finds themselves isolated and alone because of changes. Changes that are out of their control. Changes that are often hard to identify. In this category, I will share what helped me to begin to understand. I share what helped me to begin to accept myself when other people couldn't or wouldn't accept me. Accept me in new reality. As I began to recover I began to realize that I did not have to limit myself because of my limitations.
In this category I go on to share what has helped me to continue to recovery. Recover from the impact of living with a brain injury and an invisible disability for nearly 49 years. In my experience, as I grew in my recovery process, I grew in hope. May what I share in this category and through out Second Chance to Live help you in your process to also grow in hope. With hope, we can live our dreams. With hope we can accomplish what we never dreamed possible. Our brain injuries do not have to define who we are as individuals. Our limitations do not have to limit us. In this category I share articles that have helped to empower me in my ongoing brain injury recovery process.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the 1st step. Once we start walking, before long we will be able to see how far we have come in our process, because we did not give up." Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Riddle: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.
"If you advance confidently in the direction of your dream and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined...you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau
Although we may feel stuck at times, because of what does not make sense to us, we may want to give up. Give up on both ourselves and our dreams. In the process, we may be asking, “Why?” “Why” has this happened to me? In the process, we may feel stuck by a set of circumstances. A set of circumstances that seem to dictate the course of our lives. But the good news is … [Read more...]
This is the 20th Poster that I have created for Second Chance to Live, Empowering Ongoing Brain Injury Recovery Process Poster. I thought I would share the poster with you. What I need to remember is that I have more power than I may realize. More power to succeed in my life. By using our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical energy in our ongoing recovery process, we … [Read more...]
To listen to and watch the video presentation of the article, click on this link: Although You May Feel Stuck at Times, Don’t Give Up! Video Presentation In life, my friend, we may feel stuck. We may feel stuck because of what does not make sense. Make sense to us. Consequently, we may want to give up on ourselves and our dreams. In the process, we may be asking, "Why?" … [Read more...]
Several days ago I wrote and published the article, Looking at Success in a Different Way after Brain Injury. Today, I created a video presentation of the article to share the information with individuals who learn through watching and listening. Below is a brief introduction to the article Succeeding after a brain injury can seem out of reach. But instead of … [Read more...]