Monday, April 21, 2014


Gratitude is a wonderful notion. This quote by M.J Ryan that beautifully encapsulates its impact: “Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness, where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong.” Generally all who I am in contact with: friends, family, coworkers and the like know that I am my own harshest critic. I try and focus upon what I have; that all is as it should be. It is no simple feat for me to distance from my preconceived notions of where I would have been. The truth is that nobody has any clue as to what “would have been.”

As with anything, with practice my method of thinking is becoming more automatic and less of a contrived effort. My physical abilities I have been fortunate to regain in the functional sense. Emotionally, I have had to remain (and always will) on the ball to make sure that I am centered and not focusing upon the things in my life that have forever been compromised. Staying in contact with the Brain Injury Community has allowed me to witness how I can act as an advocate and an ambassador to the general public on behalf of our portion of the population. When I visit with a family or with patients, I am cognoscente of the need to convey the implications to the psyche that very often occur. At one of rehab centers we have a stroke support group that meets weekly to discuss possible changes that a patient may notice following a neurological insult. Every week, the patients are surprised that I endured a stroke at such a young age. Ryan’s quote reminds me of my need to reflect upon how fortunate I am to be able to eloquently verbalize many observations that I have had along my path. I would love to read any reactions that people may have to my entry. As always, I thank you very much for reading.


Monday, April 14, 2014


The ways in which I affect patients is what determines a good ambassador. I have a level of credibility in that I realize what it is to have had my life changed; yet continue on in life in a manner which is extremely conducive to my well being. A patient who I visit weekly in a rehab facility has told me a countless number of times of the enjoyment that I have added to her stay in the facility. The positive reinforcement that I receive from patients lets me know that I am adding benefit to the experience of those who reside in our facilities. I love hearing that by my presence and by providing comfort and encouragement has made a difference to people. To think that somebody looks forward to my presence weekly is hugely motivating for me. I am hopeful that there will always be a role to be filled. To consistently be referred to as an integral part of the healthcare team that is the organization that I work for, allows me to truly feel a part of something. I know that one of the most attractive traits of a healthcare organization is the interpersonal appeal of those who have contact with the patients and residents.

I hope that I continue to make a contribution to every person that I visit with weekly. Each and every patient that I know I am making a difference for makes a huge difference in how encouraged I feel regarding my position. It is amazing how incredible I feel knowing that someone has gone out of his/her way to make sure that I am recognized for the efforts that I put forth to always make sure that no resident or patient is left feeling as though no one cares. I check in with the head administrator at each facility to see if there is a particular patient who exceptionally would benefit from a visit with me.  I typically am given a sheet with room numbers on it; that way I know which rooms to visit.