Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hardships and Achievement

“If  it doesn’t challenge you; it doesn’t change you”. We should all always be striving to improve. In order to improve you necessarily have to change. People are always changing. After a traumatic brain injury the changes are a bit more tangible than within an individual who has never experienced a traumatic injury. The improvements following a brain injury are so tangible. I will never forget once I finally was able to leave my wheelchair behind. I physically left the wheelchair behind me; I still have that stark memory at the forefront of my mind. My first months following my injury absolutely changed who I am. It has changed the way I view both life and people. I still would be dishonest if I said anything other than that I wish that I never sustained my injury. That being said, I certainly appreciate the intuitiveness that I have acquired. I have learned a great deal about myself and have seen how I am capable of progressing under difficult times. I wouldn’t desire to change any of who I am at this point in my life. It is hard to believe that I would ever progress to this point in my life. I was extremely bitter and angry regarding my injury for quite some time; with enrollment in psychotherapy I have come full circle in my recovery. I now work with and for individuals in the medical field. I am proud of who and where I am. I love the goal of where I am.  It is rare that the company where you work follows suit with what your exact goals are in life. I sustained my injury while in college so I was therefore able to curtail my focus and degree in a direction which has allowed me to flourish. I am very proud of the mission of where I work. I forever will work alongside survivors of brain injury. I am unique after sustaining my injury and my position is unique.  I am so very thankful that I have a purpose and I would encourage all who are able to apply for positions or even volunteer to help an individual gain a sense of purpose.


~Noelle

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