Have you ever heard something that you felt spoke to you in an unbelievable way? I think because of how much I have gone through during this recovery; I feel that many inspirational quotes are applicable to my specific life journey. A quote by Roger Crawford did just that for me; “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” How powerful and incredible is that for a person going through any type of trauma? Whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual, I can guarantee you that life will challenge us in many ways. I think that keeping a perspective on the fact that certainly we have all been dealt a difficult hand (challenged) yet we have to refuse to be defeated. Defeat is definitely a temptation; yet we all have to refuse to allow our injury (situation) defeat us. Nobody ever told us that life was going to be easy, after a TBI it is very evident that “easy” is not an adjective that we will ever use mistakenly to describe our life circumstances.
I think it is imperative that we never give up the fight. I love to learn about each and every perspective regarding our injuries (or even life). I try to always take ownership over the fact that I (and we) have overcome a ton and that we are now emotionally and mentally capable of overcoming anything that comes our way. Survivors of brain injury are of gladiator strength. We have been challenged in far more ways than any individual should have to be. That being said, we have the responsibility and ability to inspire. The ability to inspire is a quality that should not ever be underestimated.
I cannot emphasize enough that while I have largely recovered; I am not and will not ever be the same again. I never want to give false hope; rather hope in general. The health care industry and family members alike both hope, pray, and wish for the best recovery possible.