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Hope is the holding on to the belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the desire for positive change and growth in the face of adversity. Hope is what sustains so many survivors of brain injury and their families and caregivers as they face the challenges of building a meaningful life and facing the future.

Eight Tips for Caregivers in the “New Normal” Stage after Brain Injury

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Family caregivers move through several seasons or stages as their loved one progresses through treatment in the intensive care unit, to inpatient rehabilitation, and finally back home. But we know that’s only a new beginning- not a finish line. Each stage comes with its own emotional responses and tasks to master. Fortunately, there are skills and strategies that a caregiver can learn to help maintain his/her own health, and make the job easier.

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The Beginning of Life and Hope after my Brain Injury

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Understanding my blog is knowing that I have been, am currently and will be in this world as long as the good Lord has planned for me to be here. However, I am definitely not and never will be of this world. Now, according to the title of a song by Black Eyed Peas, Let’s Get It Started!…

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The Need for Purpose after a Brain Injury – Part II

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According to Dr. Frank Crane, “Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soul power to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.” (Cook, 1993). After experiencing a traumatic event that causes one’s whole way of thinking, way of life and cognitive function to change, it is difficult to focus on anything outside of “I wish I were the same as I used to be.” If a victim of a TBI remains fixated on this thought, the probability of progressing to the next level of recovery, or the next level of higher functioning will be very slim. However, on a positive note, if one changes his or her way of thinking, or the mindset of their fixation, the results could be empowering and allow them to succeed.

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Ten Choices When Life Feels Stuck after a Brain Injury!

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At times we forget how much choice plays into where we are in life. You can choose to feel whatever you want to feel. You can choose to work on making a difference for yourself and others – and you can choose to not make a difference. You can choose to change your life and move it in the direction you want, but along with the choice there comes a commitment to do the work.

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Extraordinary People

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Over the years, I’ve met hundreds of individuals who have rebounded from difficult, if not tragic, events in their lives. And each time that I encounter someone new who has survived such an event, I find myself with this same appreciation… those who strive to overcome obstacles in their life are not only strong, courageous and an inspiration…they are extraordinary!

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Take Time to Smell the Flowers

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Spring is in the air! This is a lovely time of year where nature is rebirthed. The trees, grass, flower beds are bursting with colour and freshness. Listen for the lawn mowers and breathe in deeply the smell of freshly cut grass. Get outside and look at the blue sky. Lay on the grass or beach and watch the clouds float by. Pretend you are a kid and let yourself see shapes of animals and objects in the white cotton as it skims across the sky.

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The Need for Purpose

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As we all journey through life and get older, the timeless and fundamental human development questions: “Who am I? Why am I here? and What is my Purpose?,” begin to entertain our thoughts. For many of us, it is when we find the answers to these fundamental questions that we begin to gain a sense of meaning or purpose in our lives. When I was a little girl at the age of 6, I recall sitting in my first grade classroom in Germany learning that I could be anything I wanted to be when I became an adult. What does that mean exactly? Could I become a singer just because I wanted to? Or could I become the next Van Gogh using my doodling skills? As I grew older I learned that there is a difference in becoming who you are, rather than becoming what you want to be.

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Hope

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Hope begins with a heartbeat! Hope is that intangible thing that gives us the strength and courage to go on. Hope resonates with us on all levels. We can hear something that is hopeful. We may see something that gives us hope. Moreover, we can FEEL hopeful. What happens though when discouragement takes over?

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