Monday, July 27, 2015

Infinite opportunities to see beyond the darkness

"There is always a light at the end of every tunnel; it is only visible to those who wish to see it,” ~ Unknown

This quote is excellent because it reminds us that while things may appear dim, there is always an opportunity to see beyond the darkness and look toward the glimmer of hope. After a brain injury things may seem overwhelming; fellow survivors need to band together to help support one another. I see support groups as an excellent way for people to band together and share thoughts, experiences and ideas. The most valuable advice always comes from those who have walked in your same shoes. A person has to be willing to find inspiration and hope along the way.  Eyes have to be open following a brain injury. I have found others who have sustained their own injuries to be very valuable and I have found them to be incredibly knowledgeable in their willingness to share what has shed light onto the path that they have followed.

Following a brain injury I have found depression to be an extremely daunting issue. In any tragedy or change of life circumstance there is always the risk of developing depression. I believe that it is my role to be incredibly honest in regards to the ups and downs that I have encountered along the recovery from this injury. I am quickly approaching ten years since my injury and I have had to come to terms with the development of depression that I have battled with. I have learned from others that exercise, sunlight and eating right all aid in the containment of this issue. It is unfortunate but I believe and have been advised that I will always have a bit of instability in my mood. I will never stop looking for the light at the end of the brain injury recovery tunnel that I will be on for life. Whenever I or any survivor begins to feel the darkness overtake them, my hope is that all will be reminded that there will always be people and resources that are available to aid and assist along the way. I would love to hear any responses that you may have and I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle


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