Monday, August 3, 2015

Peace in Camaraderie

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Other brain injury survivors are your “team”. Each member of the team has his/her own path laid out and individually each person must work to achieve the very best result that he/she is capable of. There is an incredible amount of unification that comes from being a survivor.

There are many numerous support networks where people can indeed feel as an integral part of something. Individuals can gain strength from sitting alongside others who have gone through something similar. People ban together not only from a tragedy but also by ethnicity or even gender. The groups begin as broad but there are subsets that stem off from the original group. For example, I am a member of several brain injury survivor networks. I am a member of general TBI survivors, and I also am a member of the TBI survivor group for women. A fellow female TBI survivor is part of my team. There are many things that arise that make being a woman survivor particularly challenging. While balance issues arise for both sexes, the balance issues that become evident make it particularly difficult to walk in feminine high heels. A male may not be able to listen and seriously take notice to a woman expressing her high heel concern. This along with other gender-specific issues makes this group very useful for understanding my particular subset of the population I would love to hear who else has joined a support group where they truly feel as part of the team.

The organizational objective of a support group may be to offer a safe haven of understanding as a segment of the population works toward their common goal to attain and give understanding. I believe that support groups are invaluable and that much attention should be given to help and create them. I would love to hear from any of you who have found support groups to be useful and helpful along your journey. I thank you very much for reading and look forward to any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

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