Ever since I can I remember, playing basketball was my passion. My parents divorced at a young age, and both of my parents worked multiple jobs to support my younger brother Jonathan and I. As a result we spent a lot of our childhood alone. Subsequently, we both developed defense mechanisms to deal with the isolation and instability of a broken family. My method of escapism was playing basketball. No matter how many challenges life through at me, I could always escape the day to day…Continue
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Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to have you around my table. Several days ago I wrote the above article. In the article I shared some of my thoughts…Continue
I wish I had happier news that Dad had turned the corner and things looked up, but that was not to be.
Reluctant Heart had promised to meet with Richard, Dad, and I FIRST thing this morning to decide on Hospice; he chose not to show up until late morning. He told us he wasn’t ready for Dad to go, I was standing by Dad’s side, holding his hand, looking at his unresponsive body and said, “But Dad is.”
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I was relieved and glad to get to see Dad myself, there was no peace of mind like it.
Dad has been through a lot, his eyes were not shiny blue as we knew them to be. They were overcast and that may have been due to head trauma from the seizures. Dad knew I was there, I watched his breathing change as did his eyes. He was still in there, just unable to talk.
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Some of the losses we deal with on this path with TBI cannot be measured...
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I know where I have been and what I have been through to get to where I am today. I also know that I am not alone and that possibly millions of people have had similar experiences of 'falling through the net' and feeling as though they have lost their soul...
A couple of years ago I wrote a book about how life works. Some would call it a 'spiritual' book, but, for me, it was simply about stating experience and my understanding. I sent the first three chapters to 'Hay House' - the…Continue
WOW was life ever easier when I all I had to was run and talk. Now I have to work!! I like my job. It's something that comes easy to me, I am outdoors, I get to deal with people and there is just enough excitement in it to make interesting without to demanding. My co workers are good and the location is good. The only issue is the pay is not great.
I will keep my eyes open for something a little more financialy secure but for now I am not just trying to budget the new work…Continue
Added by David McGuire on April 18, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments
I had my first experience in a float tank (Isolation tank) yesterday. I have been on a bit of a search as of late to find new ways to “work out” my brain. I mean if I can run across the Country, if I can complete an Ironman, if I can bush my physical limits. What will happen if I push my cognitive limits?
I have worked out my brain with programs, from simple things like Sudoku, Rubik’s cubes, Luminosity and lots of…Continue
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"Measure thy life by loss instead of gain,Continue
Not by the wine drunk, but the wine poured forth,
For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice,
And whoso suffers most hath most to give."…
Added by Resilient Heart on March 3, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
[This post, this blessed, difficult post has been a long, long time in coming. I have wrestled with it, mulled it over in my head, let it rest, wrote and re-wrote countless times. As with all things TBI, emotions zap us of precious energy. Oftentimes, the feelings just need to be until the TBIer finds strength.]
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Over the Thanksgiving weekend I created a group on Face Book – the Second Chance to Live Group. After looking for an avatar that would best illustrate and convey what the efforts of brain injury survivors are like, I decided on this particular symbol. The avatar shows two pieces of a puzzle that two people are…Continue
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