Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eight Year Anniversary Of My Accident

I just recently had my eight year anniversary of my accident. It was a very highly emotional day. So much has evolved in me in the way that I view people and likewise the way that I view myself. I have sort of stopped trying to fight against my differences. I am attempting to embrace my differences and learn how to progress forward towards tomorrow. I found a quote written by William Allen White which beautifully encompasses my thoughts on this event; “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and love today.”

With this recovery there are certainly ups and downs; I wish I could constantly remain feeling as inspired as I do right now, yet I feel that such a hope is rather unrealistic. I know that my position allows and encourages me to be honest about a life changing injury. I am very hopeful that people in all walks of life can see my blog and take away a bit of inspiration. Regardless of whatever trying time you have been through, take solace in knowing that everyone goes through them at one point or another. I believe that absolute honesty regarding this injury is the way I need to be. I know that I would have benefited greatly from a resource where I could have been aware of an interactive candid response with a survivor who had already navigated through on the path that I was venturing. Personal experience and success are incredible attributes for a person to posses when one is looking for encouragement.

I stress as always, that success for me now is far different than the way that I would have viewed success when I was younger. Perhaps this is truer form of success? I hesitate in saying that because I do not want to seem as though I am happy that this injury occurred. There is no question that I wish that life was still easy. I wish I could easily put my hair up or perform any action that requires the work of two arms. I have to consciously make an effort to keep my emotions in check and not allow them to get the best of me. Often times I utilize unorthodox methods of performing certain tasks. I know these methods may draw wide eyed stares from time to time; but if I am not in a place where I feel comfortable asking for assistance, I have learned that people will have to deal with my methods maybe looking strange to them. I would love to read any comments anybody has on my thoughts.

Thank you so much,
~Noelle

2 comments:

  1. Hello Noelle,
    Thank you for sharing your story of struggle. I know that it addition to helping others, it is also healing for yourself. I hope that those with a painful journey to tell will realize that the process is a win-win proposition.
    Within Meridian I have developed a therapeutic wheelchair seat to help those wheelchair bound to not develop life threatening pressure ulcers. If you know of someone who might be in need of this, please let me know.
    Be well.
    Dr Robert Jarmon, bob.jarmon@healthyfunctions.com

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  2. Dr. Jarmon,

    Thank you so much for both responding and acknowledging/highlighting the exact purpose of this blog! I commend your development of a device to lesson painful pressure ulcers. I have seen all too often that those who are wheelchair bound or have some sort of disability easily fall by the sidelines to peoples’ innovative thoughts. This is an absolute shame in my view, and I hope others take your lead. While there are many who have dedicated their expertise to helping aid those who are disabled; the number is still far lower than those doctors who have chosen to focus their efforts on finding a cure for cancer (for instance).

    Thank you very much for your comment!
    ~Noelle

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