Friday, October 19, 2012
I have been given an opportunity to work for an organization that is dedicated to making peoples’ lives better. I think the organization is very successful because there is always a backbone of help and goodness to every initiative that it undertakes. A true “eye for an eye” type of mentality would leave all members involved unsatisfied. Working for a benevolent health care organization allows me to witness that there are different facets within the business world. Theoretically, I think becoming involved in an occupation that mirrors where you stand morally is extremely valuable to your self esteem. If one feels positively about where he/she is applying a great deal of effort, the result should be very positive. In our office, everyone hopes for the success of each other. This unified culture allows for us all to genuinely try to succeed in our own portion of the organization for the benefit of everyone else. I would love to hear from who else has taken a different career path following an injury.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Sometimes, knowing that my plans have significantly changed from what I originally thought has allowed me to see myself as resilient. I think every survivor is familiar with what I am referring to. I would love to read some commentary from fellow survivors. I read a comment from one of my first blogs which stated, “I hope that you get to… not only as an injured woman.” I appreciate the feedback, and I think it is important to state that this injury does not define me, yet it is a large part of who I am. It is also the reason why I am in the profession I am today. I feel that I have made attempts and am becoming more secure with who I am after my life-altering accident. A huge ambition and dream of mine is to secure my position as a definite part of my health care organization. I want our organization to stand apart from the others because of our “outside the box thinking”.
A phenomenal professor who I had during college always told me to “imagine and dream a perfect position” for myself following graduation; he felt this was the first step in attaining it. Maybe it was. Just like Steinem says, maybe it was my first step to planning my future. I am more than qualified for the position I am in now due to life experience. Career positions due to life experience are often where individuals excel. My life experience stands out and my recovery from brain injury is extremely noteworthy. I had not yet built a career for myself when I was still in college. I would love to hear from others who pursued their college degree after sustaining a brain injury. I am very fortunate that I was able to attain my degree and employment at a time when employment isn’t entirely abundant. My dreaming continues as I reach out and knock on the doors of different nurse managers who may be able to utilize my position of support.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Following an injury there is a very fine line between caring deeply for others and being overly concerned with what they think. Having a deep rooted concern for one’s well being is far different than being overly concerned with what others think. Taking into account one’s well being and state of mind is what it is all about. I often reflect upon this quote when I am considering if I look awkward in my high heels. I think about Emerson’s quote and I take comfort in knowing that it really does not matter who has an opinion about how I walk in high heels. There is comfort in knowing that as long as I feel comfortable (and I do), then that is all that really matters.
I would love to hear a few comments from some survivors and their families who have had a feeling or experience where they tried to push the envelope. It is helpful to hear from other survivors who are engaged in similar activities to push themselves. So much comfort comes from truly being in touch with ourselves. I challenge all of you to take a minute and think about the challenges that you tackle and try to evaluate what drives you to do so. Emerson would hope that you prove to yourself that you can accomplish the task. Emerson would hope that you would attempt the same challenge if you were the only inhabitant on a far off deserted island. It is easy in Emerson’s view to follow the crowd and act as part of a pack. Emerson would greatly object to the “pack mentality” in which people continue to blindly follow those in front of them without a sense of where they are going.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Adapting is a life skill that all people need to have a grasp of. Someone recovering from a life altering injury certainly needs to understand that life is an ongoing journey that is very complicated. Prior to my injury I thought I had a grasp of the “race”. Life does not always proceed as planned. A reassessment of one’s goals, strengths and value must always be evaluated. One particular quote that I found that best coincides with the changes in life following a traumatic brain injury is from Walter Elliot “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
My thoughts immediately went to somewhere other than the city. After a neurological injury my fatigue level would not allow for me to commute 3 hours a day to work in Manhattan. I was fortunate to regain my ability to drive. Even I had to look outside the box to something other than the New York City hub. My fears were that having been injured, maybe my business degree would become non applicable. Indeed maybe it made me non applicable for some places, but perhaps it makes us very applicable to work in others. A Health Care Organization who specializes in making the lives better of those who have been sick, ill or injured ended up being very applicable for me.
Where to Work?
I know my parents were indeed very nervous for me following this injury. When they learned of my position with Meridian they were thrilled. Who who could have thought? Recoveries are not ever easy to come by; and those who have been fortunate enough to attain one need to be aware of their fortune in which to do so. I truly believe that developing into a life of purpose is what each and every one of us should strive for. I have had to watch my parents both struggle and feel triumphant as they have watched my journey from hospitalization, to that of rehab, through college and now finally back into the working world. I am not yet a parent, but after watching the bravery with which that my parents have battled through this injury along side of me every step of the way, it instills a deep sense of thankfulness to them. I am wondering who has had some of the same experiences? Who has felt their relationships grow in ways they had never thought possible? I feel that this relationship is mystical within itself. I ask for whom has seen themselves drawn to the philosophical way of relating to things following an injury?