Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Inspiration

"Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there's something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can't help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It's an inspiring time of the year." Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas helps to remind us that the spirit of the winter holidays should always be with us. Each one of us has the ability to carry the holiday spirit with us. Cultures of humanity are rich in traditions. Regardless of how distant your injury gets from the present day, a person who has endured an injury is forever a survivor. Daily we should be seeking inspiration from those who are similar to us. Regardless of any religion that you practice; we all practice and seek a fulfilling life. The community and comradery of the holidays are what the holidays represent. It is my hope that none of us ever lose sight of the warmth and love of family. Each one of us is incredibly blessed in that we have survived and are able to live our lives striving to enjoy and create meaning. Christmas is this weekend and as my family was cleaning up the house to prepare for guests. Undoubtedly there will be many children and much food prepared. My town has a tradition of Santa coming on the fire engine for the kids. What is interesting is that every house on the street will each have their own tradition and celebration for the holiday. The uniqueness of the holiday celebrations should all be celebrated. Each one of us is different and has our own way of celebrating the cheer that is this time of year. Marlo Thomas’ quote is very applicable because it is representative of the individuality that is unique to each one of us. The holidays are not about a specific religion or specific tradition; they are about celebrating one and all for everything that each one of us will celebrate. Joy is the overwhelming emotion that will unify all of us in our desire to celebrate this season. The children and the parents will all gather at a relative’s house in my family and it is my hope for each one of you to never be alone at this time of year. I know that there are various support groups that open their doors to the public if you do not have somewhere to spend the holiday. Open yourself to the various possibilities and allow yourself to venture out of your comfort zone this holiday season. Try and keep track of your mood and desperately try to never lose sight of the joy that is the holiday season. I am going to try and book myself a massage following the new year to begin my year on a relaxing note. Every year I try and remind myself of how fortunate I am to have my family right in the vicinity especially at the holidays. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and I extend warm wishes to you and your families.

~Noelle

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We Keep Moving Forward Out of Curiosity

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

At this holiday time of year the organization that I am fortunate enough to work for has announced a further expansion. I am a huge fan of the organization and I am excited for what they hope to accomplish. I realize that health care is a huge industry that will always be expanding as long as people and the population are expanding. As the New Year is quickly coming upon us the sentiment of expansion and new beginnings is here as well. The weather is certainly getting frigid which follows suit with the Christmas Season. Despite the frigid weather there is a sentiment of warmth in realization to where I work and the togetherness that is felt amongst the team members. We are all working together to improve the healthcare environment. The feeling of comradery is incredible during this time of year especially. Everyone is working for the betterment of the common good. We as people are all very similar. We are all plagued by the same vices that provide us hardships in life. We can all always help to offer encouragement to others. During these holidays I am going to try to encourage as many children and senior citizens (all people but seemingly these are of particular need) as I can. The new ventures that my organization has assumed are still in its infancy and it will take time for all of these new acquisitions to feel as though they are truly part of the entirety of the organization. All of the team members have always worked together for the betterment of team and the community. It is great to feel as part of an expanding entity as the growth and expansion continues. Hopefully with these new expansions there will be more opportunities for each team member to expand their horizons. This time of growth should be seen as a time of increasing responsibility for all of the employees. The expansions mean that there is a vaster coverage area and thus I will have to get myself more comfortable with driving out of my typical vicinity. I will make sure to take precautions so that I will not drive at very high traffic portions of the day. These new expansions will indeed provide me with additional coverage area that I will have to familiarize myself with. I thank you so much for reading as always and I hope that your holiday season continues to bring each and every one of you joy and happiness.

~Noelle

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays Reflect on Blessings

“The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect upon our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Terri Marshall

Another holiday season is upon us and it is important to always try and remember that this time of year we should always be focused on others. As I am getting older, primarily it is evident that the gift giving and the surprises are about the children. Family is about love and as people we should all strive to show others that we indeed do love them at this time of year. There are always a great many charitable functions that take place at this time of year. There are numerous fundraisers that take place for various causes. We should all strive to give thanks for all that we have while aiding in the cause to help others. There are numerous parties where people get dressed up and eat/drink glorious treats. We all have to try and remember what the real meaning of these holidays is. The holidays are about opening your heart up to aid others. Commercialism has made the focus all about the presents. As we mature we come to understand that there is far more to the season than the presents and the food that is served. Every year I remind myself of how fortunate I am to have recovered to this point. Certainly I often have my moments where I wish that things were easier again but then I wouldn’t be able to spread hope to others. I realize how fortunate I am in that I get to make a difference in the lives of people who are familiar with what it is to have a devastating injury. I would encourage all to always seek out others who you can aid and help and I guarantee that your holidays will be much more meaningful. I always try to keep my eyes and ears open for chances to further my holiday cheer by helping others who may be less fortunate than I. There is always an opportunity to share with people who would be receptive and grateful for it. Open your hearts this holiday season and try to spread the loving joy to as many people as you can. It doesn’t cost anything, but a little bit of time and a little bit of love. The gift of emotional support and graciousness is worth far more than any tangible gift could be. Hold on tight to your family this holiday season and try and remember all of the gifts that each one of us has. Try and not lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season and try and spread joy and love to as many people as you come into contact with. There is no limit to the amount of lives that each one of us can try and improve. Remember that we were all put on this earth to help one another. I thank you all for reading and would encourage any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Performance, Perseverance and Persistence

"Performance, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and possibilities: it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." Thomas Carlyle

An individual who has survived any sort of a hardship or vice has to always remember that life is not easy and often people are faced with hardships which allow them to differentiate themselves from the mass population. An injury is a prime example where there are a vast number of possible outcomes. An individual has to not allow his/her morals to get lazy or their desire to get lax. An individual must always search for their place in life. I hesitate at saying this because their place is always changing and evolving as the world is not steady. The world is a forever changing place. A person should never allow his/her self to not feel challenged by the opportunity at hand. There is forever room for improvement. Everyone will experience hardships and disappointments along their path of life. These difficulties and hardships are not destinations or final in nature the key is to never stop searching for a place of comfort and desire. There is always a chance for a person to achieve more. Opportunities exist for those who are willing to put forth an effort to find them. An individual who has endured a brain injury will have many opportunities to exhibit strength. In my opinion all who have endured a brain injury have had many an opportunity to exhibit strength. Depending on the person there are bountiful opportunities to always put your best foot forward and to try harder. A drastic injury such as a brain injury will always present numerous opportunities to always put forth a bit more effort. Perhaps the opportunities for betterment will be a bit different than was originally anticipated; but they are plentiful opportunities none the less. I have found that there is much more meaning in the work that I do now following my injury. I am able to give insight to new survivors and their families. You always have to try and aid the next person to follow in your footsteps. The holidays are upon us and the work that I do deeply represents the importance of the holidays. People are put on this earth to care for one another and to help each other proceed through life. This time of love and family exudes onto my other family that I work to help and make their path easier as they proceed forward on their recovery process. I consider all others who have endured a brain injury or a life altering injury as my extended family. We were all put on this earth to help one another. I thank you very much for reading and as always I encourage any responses or comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Helen Keller

“Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of people overcoming it.” Helen Keller

Helen Keller’s quote is one that beautifully reframes how people need to look at every day struggles. Issues in daily life often seem overwhelming but Helen Keller’s quote is absolutely one to be remembered. Every day people undergo difficulties but every day there are tons more people that are overcoming them. It is important to always remember that miracles happen every day. Now conversely failures happen just as often but it is about keeping your focus in the correct energy. Positive energy is incredibly encouraging and it can help a person to change the lens through which they view the world. A person that is encouraged and positive can help a person to always look towards the positive aspect going through life. No matter how the chips may fall in your life it is important to always remember that somebody somewhere has gone through the same thing as you are. People are amazingly similar in so many ways. Inspiration can be found from many unlikely sources. Recently an acquaintance told me about an incredible new motivational speaker in the area who has undergone his own traumatic injury. Gabe Hurley is a local survivor who has engaged in motivational speaking in relation to the injury that he endured. He is a wonderful example of Helen Keller’s quote in action. He certainly has every reason to feel sorry for himself but conversely he uses his injury as a gift to help and inspire people. Gabe could easily feel sorry for himself with all of the vices that he now endures moving forward in life. Gabe helps to offer some prospective to people as they are going through their lives. It is important to always remember that somebody somewhere always has it better than you; and conversely somebody somewhere always has it worse off. It is important to remember that people are finding the inspiration to continue and overcome seemingly insurmountable things every day. I know that for me this fact really has helped me as I have trekked along on this glorious path that we call life. A person’s focus always has to be towards the positive aspects of life. It is entirely too easy to always find yourself tempted to look towards the negative. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Severity of One's Disabilities Does Not Determine Potential

“The severity of one’s disability does not determine their level of potential. The greatest barriers that persons with disabilities have to overcome are not steps or curbs, it’s expectations.” Karen Clay

A premier case in point of a person not allowing physical disabilities or hurdles to get in his way is Stephen William Hawking. Stephen suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease. It is debilitating and doctors did not expect Hawking to live a full life. They predicted he would live only two and a half years. These two and a half years were not expected to be fruitful as it was predicted that his level of disability would be too vast to overcome. Stephen William Hawking did not set his expectations too high; rather he kept proceeding with one foot after the other. He never allowed himself to be sidetracked by what his own personal limitations were. I often think of him whenever a feat seems as though it may be too large for me to accomplish. Stephen Hawking never allowed himself to stop attempting to be as functional as he could possibly be despite any physical hardship that he was faced to endure. His physical faculties were stripped of him one by one over the years. There was an incredibly inspiring autobiography released based on his heroic life. As a disabled citizen I am enamored at how “normally” he has been able to life his life despite his progressively worsening state. People know of Stephen Hawking because of the intellectual strides that he has been able to make. He has been able to make groundbreaking discoveries despite all of the things that he has going against him. Jane Wilde and Hawking eventually divorced but they stayed close for their children. I am more impressed how Stephen always intellectually furthered himself and did not allow himself to be sidetracked by his incredibly daunting physical ailments. I think that people come along who represent a cause bigger than themselves. The awareness and advocacy that Stephen Hawking represents is incredible for the ALS community. Just by being who he is Stephen Hawking represents a sentiment of courage and perseverance. I hope that I can represent a small portion of what he represents to people. He has a true celebrity status at this point for the feats that he has tackled. He represents an incredible example of what can be accomplished when a person does not allow his/ her disability to determine how much they are able to achieve in life. I thank you very much for reading and I hope that my words can serve as some encouragement for each one of you as you keep moving forward. I welcome any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Seek to Inspire

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.” Adele Brookman

This Halloween I encourage all to try and stay in the moment. All too often we allow ourselves to get consumed with our anxieties of looking too far ahead. Very often I find myself tempted to worry about the future. Halloween has arrived and I am trying to focus upon what is important and necessary. This day of festivities is about the children more than anything else. The children put on costumes and they try and frighten each other and go out amongst the neighborhood and ask for candy. The holiday can be about joy and it needs to be about enjoyment more than anything else. There is always a bit of a draw to look deep into our own issues and overanalyze too deeply into insignificant holiday occurrences. Like everything else I have found that I am getting better with practice. I now thoroughly enjoy going to watch my nephew and goddaughter go to play their weekly soccer games. I get enjoyment out of watching them enjoy the games. This enjoyment came with time for I had difficulty separating myself away from the field at first. It was quite an effort at first to not allow myself to compare the children’s enjoyment to my current physical stature. It took some effort but I now realize that the enjoyment of the children is what comes first at this point in my life. Even though I do not have children of my own, my brother’s children are who are closest to me and they are the children who I identify with the most at this point in my life. I adore my brother’s children and I have witnessed myself improve as I have grown into being a better aunt. This Halloween my brother’s kids will go out with their cousins in a quiet neighborhood. My neighborhood has many children but they are not the cousins of my niece and nephew. I am sure that there will be many masks of both of the presidential candidates as this is an election year. It should be rather humorous to see the various costumes. I always love the dog costumes that people sometimes do alongside their costumes. I challenge everyone to have a joyous Halloween and to use the holiday as a further opportunity to inspire yourself. Everyone has the right to celebrate the various different holidays for what they are. Inspiration can be found in many different ways I challenge you to always look through a lens that will absorb all of the inspiration that life has to offer. I would love to know what everyone is being for Halloween. I hope that you enjoy your day and I welcome any responses that you may have. I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, October 28, 2016

Some People Grumble Thorns

“Some people are always  grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr

A true example of reframing can be seen from Alphonse Karr’s quotation. It is a well-known fact that people avoid the thorns on a rose bush and often see them as a vice. Alphonse Karr chooses to look at the thorns as a positive to a rosebush. He views the entire rose from the viewpoint of the thorn. Sometimes in life we have to look at things from the opposite viewpoint. We need to try and see the positive no matter what viewpoint we are afforded. Often no matter where we are in life it is easy to fall victim to the negative viewpoint. An individual always has to try and see the positive in whatever shoe in life that he or she wears. There is always a more positive way in which to envision things. I recently ran into a family friend whom I had visited in the hospital. He was so happy that I gave him a different viewpoint in regards to the recovery that he was currently enduring. Individuals need to celebrate all that they currently have. There are so many things about life that are taken for granted daily. There is always an opposite point of view that can be stepped into by an individual. Whenever I feel myself getting negative in my viewpoint I try and remember all of the blessings that I have. I can think of numerous blessings that a person must be thankful for. Living in a free country has to be the number one privilege that I see most often that is taken for granted. We are all incredibly blessed to be able to live freely and pursue our personal hopes and dreams. It is an incredible privilege to be able to have your own free choices as to what path of life to pursue. It is my dream for everyone to pursue his/her dreams as far as what to pursue in his/her daily life. I think that no matter what a person has gone through they are always capable of attempting to always seek for a more positive viewpoint in whatever they are encountering. I have spoken to many a survivor and have always stressed the importance of learning the skill of positive reframing. We all have moments and I think that it is incredibly important for individuals to be honest about what they are going through from day to day. I tried to explain (and was successful from what the individual said….) that it could have always been worse. When you affect a person positively it always seems much easier to lift yourself up. I am very thankful to you as always for reading and I look forward to any replies or comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

George Burnham

“I can’t do it, never accomplished anything; I will try has accomplished wonders” George P. Burnham

An individual going through a traumatic life event has to know that there are always at least two resolutions to every problem. At the very least a person can make the decision to exert effort and try for something more or a person can choose to throw in the towel and allow status quo to remain. A survivor of any sort of an injury needs to realize the power that he/she has on their complete self. The entirety of a being is made up of many different parts. Each aspect of a person has equal importance. While it is incredibly important to be motivated to push forward a person needs to realize where they were able to draw up the motivation from. In my experience people can draw upon the motivation that they exude to others by example. In my situation I am driven to continue doing what I am doing based on the feedback that I hear back from patients and families. Life is certainly not easy and the recovery from a traumatic injury is certainly not easy. An individual has to make an internal pact never to give up. There is no limit on how much effort a person can put forth. People need to know his/her self and what motivates them. I always encourage patients to encourage their peers because I realize that the most credible individuals are those that have had experience with going through a vice of their own.

Every person is able to help somebody along the way. We should all strive to encourage one another to never give up. Humans are social creatures and we all greatly benefit from encouragement from one another. I think that strength comes in much part from encouragement. Self-motivation is certainly instrumental and nothing can be achieved without that; yet when people are unsure as to where to focus their energies, advice from someone who has already walked your path is invaluable. I encourage every patient who I interact with to do their diligence and attempt to make connections with others who are taking part in the same recovery as they are. Whenever someone begins a venture to regain his/her life they need support and comradery in order to maintain their motivation to keep moving forward. Whenever somebody is recovering he/she cannot be left strictly to their own devices in my opinion. There is always room for encouragement and improvement. A person needs to have a state of mind that realizes how utterly useless it is to give up. A person has achieved many a great things by attempting a feat. Even if they are not quite capable of attaining the goal at hand they have at least laid a solid groundwork for the path ahead. I thank you very much for reading and would encourage any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

Friday, October 14, 2016

Langston Hughes Hold On Fast to Dreams

“Hold fast onto dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly” Langston Hughes

    This quote by Langston Hughes is incredibly poignant for an individual that has sustained any sort of a life altering injury. A person going through difficulty needs to hold on tight to the dreams that they have. I suggest always trying to foster dreams to develop so that an individual will always have aspirations and hopes. It is sometimes very easy to lose sight of where you want to be. By holding onto your dreams you can maintain a sense of ambition and motivation as you proceed forward on life’s path for you. Life is all about motivation and there are many different ways in which to attain this. The best is to awaken a sense of motivation within you. Internal motivation is often the most difficult to come by, yet no doubt the most useful. Individuals need to assume some responsibility for their own dreams and happiness. Life sometimes gets in the way; yet there are always several ways to solve a problem. From my experience I have found that people generally want to help an assist one another as they are trying to get through life. I have been extremely forthright in regards to the integral part in my life that role models have played. They can help to inspire and serve as role models as you are trying to build the fabric as to what will be your life. I think that people can be incredibly valuable to a person who is trying to establish a career. An individual always needs to keep a grasp onto his/her dreams. A person should never lose sight of where they envision his/her self. I think that dreams are essential to maintaining motivation. An unmotivated individual can do nothing but harm the culture of workmanlike individuals. An unmotivated individual can upset the whole balance of a culture. People want to be useful and feel as though they are pursuing his/her dreams. I thank you so much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have!

~Noelle

Monday, October 10, 2016

Gail Devers

“Every accomplishment begins the same way; with the decision to try.” Gail Devers

Gail Devers helps people to realize that every single accomplishment in this life all had begun the exact same way. Every accomplishment has begun with the decision to attempt and try. Nothing in this world begins without any effort. Without effort people lack the motivation to become motivated and try for bigger things. People always have to want more. We all need to feel as though we can improve and go bigger, stronger and better. No matter how big or small the feat or desire is people always have to want to improve. If we are not striving to forever improve; we simply exist. To truly live is to attempt to improve and to make life better for yourself and those around you. I have found that by opening your horizons people are further open to experiencing life on a far bigger scale. By experiencing life on a far bigger scale we can become open to all of the wonders that are available to us. I believe that people all need to realize that we are all far more alike than we are different. People have to have a desire to improve and make things better for those around them. There has to be a culture that believes in helping one another along the path of life. If a person never allows him/herself to feel the desire to improve and change, then a society will no longer seek for improvement. With this upcoming election, we are all hearing from the candidates and what his/her views are in relation to change and improvement. Gail Devers quote allows us to realize that life is forever about the decision to improve and change. It greatly helps individuals to simplify things out to understand what is required of them. Those that are able to summon desire within them are forever in a far better situation. I encourage all of those who are able to encourage others who may benefit from hearing from you. We are all the same inside. We are all people and we all have challenges that we attempt to negotiate daily to get through life. Younger people are looking to grow up and admire us. As individuals we all have the responsibility to lead by example and help to pave out a path for those that will follow in our footsteps. A person has to always remember that every accomplishment no matter how big or small all started out in the same way. All achievements began in the exact same way. There has to first be the conscious decision to try.

I thank you all for reading and I would love to hear any reflections that you may have.

~Noelle

Friday, October 7, 2016

Bethany Hamilton

Recently I became aware that one of the most inspirational athletes that I have ever become aware of is traveling to my area to give a speech. Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark doing what she loves to do more than anything. She has always been an avid surfer and surfing was not only a way of life for her but also her family. The culture of Bethany Hamilton’s life was never to give up. After she was attacked by the shark I am sure that she needed to reflect upon this constantly. I will attend her speaking segment with my family so as I can hopefully absorb some greater inspiration as I am hoping to tackle the challenges in my life. People are by far the greatest influencers I feel. What I have come to learn is that life is all about challenges and how you tackle them. An individual such as Bethany Hamilton is incredibly inspirational to me. She did not let any physical disabilities get in her way. Despite getting mauled by the shark Bethany was has still been able to maintain a champion. Champions are all around us but they need to be acknowledged. Since sustaining my injury I am much better able to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who have gone through difficulties in life. Survivors now stand out to me as heroic because I know how tempting it is to give up. I have often reflected upon who she is and what she has been able to accomplish despite her disability. Bethany has often said that she is in a far better situation to affect a great many numbers of people since she has sustained her injury. She instantaneously was transformed into a hero for all people overcoming disabilities. I will certainly attend her speech with bells on because I feel that any inspiration that I can gain off of her would be inspirational to my being. I am incredibly excited to see Bethany in person. She has served as a role model for me for sure. I do not have the same celebrity status as Bethany Hamilton but I still know that I help to inspire and show survivors the way to building a better and more enthusiastic life for his/her self. I am absolutely enamored of Bethany Hamilton and I know what it is to have your world turned upside down by an attained disability. I identify with Bethany because she was not born with her disability. Her disability occurred in the wake of an unfortunate accident. She has maintained her faith in spite of her attained disability. Bethany has depended on her faith in God to get her through. Whenever I am having a hard day I reflect upon Bethany and remember just how much she has had to overcome. I would love to hear any reflections that you may have and I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, September 23, 2016

Betterment of Women

“Maybe the truth is, there's a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things.”  Ann Brashares

Ann Brashares reminds all of us that there is an incredible power in unity. Last night was the new annual event put on by the Girl Scouts. It was an incredible honor to be recognized by such a fantastic organization. Every female has to celebrate what unique quality that she brings to society. Females must stand by each other and support one another throughout all of the difficulties of life. We as women have come quite a long way that women now have all of the same rights as men. Women deal with childbirth which is certainly a large stressor on the body and in life but they are now respected as intellectually the equal to their male counterparts. Women can band together and help one another. They almost have to in order to continue progressing forward in society. Last night I was at the Phenomenal Woman Under 40 event where I was distinguished by the Girl Scouts. A former professor of mine from college attended with his wife. It meant so much to me that he and his wife traveled down to the event which was far from his house. He is still a professor and it was a school night, yet it still meant enough to him to be there. I felt empowered that every person in the room was there to celebrate all of us honorees who are working to make the world a better place for all; especially women. Hopefully we can help to make the environment give even more opportunities to women. I attempted to share what greatly helped me along the way. My bosses were present as well as some of my family and I know that they are proud of what I was honored for. Sometimes I think that people get too distracted away from the things that help to make the world full of better people. I learned much from being in the presence of the other honorees last night. Each honoree brought something else to the table and each was honored for what they do. Every person there stood for things that the Girl Scouts try to instill within their members. The people in attendance at the dinner paid to support the cause and thus support the betterment of young girls in society. Large goals are accomplished when they are taken on by many fronts. The betterment and equality of women has come a very long way over the years but there is still a long way to go. With the possibility of women officials in government it is very clear to see just how far the country has come in its view of the gender. I am hopeful that you will all support the cause for the betterment of women.

I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Monday, September 12, 2016

Being a Role Model

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often people  neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” -John Wooden

John Wooden reminds us of the importance of role models. Mothers and fathers alike have to assume their role as being a leader and a stand out citizen to those that follow in their footsteps. Each citizen should assume that the younger generation is following them. There are many responsibilities in this life but few that are more important than encouraging the younger generation. I am honored and incredibly proud that I was chosen as a role model by the Girl Scouts. I am hopeful that I will continue to do my part as a stand out female under the age of 40. It brings great joy to my heart to know that there are young women who have yet to decipher their career paths that will look towards me and the other honorees as inspiration as they attempt to find their way. My entire life I have spoken the truth I continue to do so and I do not shy from topics that are difficult to speak of. Certainly the difficulties that we all face as women and people are not often popular to be spoken of; yet I feel that young women who do are heard loud and clear. It is my hope that every person does their duty and seeks to educate those who are younger than them. Every person in society should evaluate who and what they are and seek to help those that are following in their shoes. I feel that this world would be a far better place if every person took ownership over their role and responsibility to mentor others society who fall much more easily into order. I encourage everyone to step into his/her role as a leader to someone less experienced. I will gladly respond to any questions or responses that you may have. I am preparing for an awards dinner where I am being nominated as a “Phenomenal woman under the age of 40”. I feel as though those that have been injured look to me far more than others; regardless I am honored and am enthusiastic to help all those who are younger than I because I realize how difficult it is to make a career pathway yourself. I think that everything in this world is easier with assistance.

~Noelle

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tim McGraw

“Don't take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you're going don't forget turn back around; and help the next one in line. Always stay humble and kind.” -Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw’s words speak so concisely and so clearly to me. I am so fortunate to have gotten where I am today I clearly recall just how scared I was when I was initially injured. I swore to myself that I would never forget how difficult the road was which I had ventured on. I remember once a former patient came to visit the rehab that I was in; and after speaking with him my entire state of mind was changed. I swore that I would never forget the impact that the interaction had on me and I am very happy to report that I have stepped into that role for my Healthcare Organization. Daily I seek to turn around and encourage the next survivor in line. Personally I feel precisely where I am supposed to be. There has to be a sense of community and comradery to get through the long and often difficult path of recovery. I have been fortunate to recover to the extent that I have and the least that I can do is help to encourage someone who was precisely where I was. Career wise, mentorship provides a very similar basis for people that are young in their fields. I would love to hear anyone who is willing to share who has inspired them either through his/her recovery or career wise. I thank you very much for reading and am enthusiastic to read any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Moving Forward

"Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing that you have to do." - McKayla Maroney

All too often I hear about people who live in their glory days. Recently in church the minister spoke and reflected about how the best days are yet to come. I think that after having sustained a life altering injury individuals often take on a “sour grapes” persona. I myself have hone there at many points throughout my recovery; but thankfully I realized that it does no good for you or the people around you. In all of the relationships that I have fostered with people who have endured trauma similar to mine, I have found that nearly everyone who has not made efforts to embrace their new self is stuck living in a fantasy that is no longer. I believe that a person’s state of mind is the largest contributing factor to how far they are able to progress. There are always stories of people who have succeeded far beyond their potential. Likewise there are many stories of individuals that are “wasted talent” who have never amounted to what they could have been. Since my injury I have certainly learned what it is to work hard. There is not one thing that I perform daily that was not affected by my injury. I am so appreciative now of my abilities that I have retained. Literally my entire life changed in a moment. Certainly a moment changed everything in my world, and I am now mildly disabled for life. Maroney wanted to influence those who have been pigeon holed themselves into thinking that there is only one way to accomplish a goal. There are always at least two ways to solve a problem. Sometimes people don’t want to put forth the effort to decipher which method would be most applicable. I am hugely in favor of knowing that there always are numerous ways to figure though an issue. I thank you very much for reading and I welcome any thoughts or comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, August 8, 2016

Human Spirit

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." -Wilma Rudolph

Every great accomplishment begins the exact same way: with the decision to try. Humans are capable of extraordinary things; they must first be motivated to attempt them. There are thousands of reasons that serve as excuses for individuals to not go against the grain. It is not “easy” or “simple” to push hard to achieve where you desire to be in life. Certain things in life will happen that are beyond our control. Certainly I never would have signed up to sustain a life altering traumatic brain injury at the age of twenty. I am positive that nobody would; accidents happen and the only way to proactively move forward in this life is to visualize where you want to be. There are always reasons to throw in the towel, yet there are always reasons to continue pushing once you realize that this is your life. There are no repeats or second chances. Every individual has to take his/her own life into their hands. I know that there are plenty of people who sustained the level of injury that I did who will be dependent on others for the rest of their lives. I believe that my unbending spirit is in large part why I am where I am. I challenge every person who has sustained a life altering injury to understand that indeed my life is certainly altered, but I have a life. Every one of us has the potential for great things. It is up to each one of us to summon the strength within to push harder and go further. Guaranteed there will be moments of weakness and moments where it is tempting to give up. Remember that every one of us has the option to “give up” on something every day. As we learned as a child in team sports, “Nobody likes a quitter”. There is no single person in this whole world that is more important than you. You all owe it to yourselves to push harder and go further. I would love to hear any reflections that you may have and as always I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Monday, August 1, 2016

11 Years Post Injury

"It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves." -Andre Gide

I have arrived upon another anniversary of my accident. For the first time in my life post-accident I actually feel as though I am progressing quite well. I have secured a very definite support base for myself. I am no longer living in fear all of the time. I understand that there will be some things that will always present a bit of a challenge to me. The short term memory is extremely difficult to deal with at times. I have to make certain that people who I surround myself with understanding individuals who are very understanding of the difficulties that I face. There are always people who do not understand, but conversely there are always people that do. I am very comfortable with where I am in life currently and a large part of this is in regards to my fitness. Oxygen traveling to the brain allows for clear and concise thought. Working out has always been a pillar to my existence and I am depending on it strongly once again. This year is special to me because the day after my anniversary I have been selected to attain the honor of a heroic woman under the age of forty. I believe that young women need to know that there are others who can help to give encouragement and share ideas as to how they have gotten themselves to where she is. I am very honest about many of the difficulties that I have had. I feel that I would be doing the brain injury community an injustice by not being entirely candid regarding the various difficulties that I have had. No brain injury is the same in large part because no two people are the same. Every survivor can certainly benefit from encouragement. I see encouragement as extremely motivating if it comes from a person who has already walked in your shoes. There were so many factors that came along with the brain injury that were so unique and in fact scary to me as they were experienced. A network of survivors can create a culture of communication that can help to bridge the gaps for those who are newly venturing through on their path. I realize that have come tremendously far in the eleven years since my injury. I feel as though the best is yet to come and I will continue to do my part to get the word out to promote tolerance and understanding in the arena of Traumatic Brain Injury. I thank you very much for reading and would welcome any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Friday, July 29, 2016

Life is like a Tree and its Root is Consciousness

"Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root the tree as a whole will be healthy." -Deepak Chopra

The mind body connection is incredibly important in every function of life. Stress is a primary cause of every disease. When a person undergoes stress they are unable to put their primary focus towards being healthy. Every one of us has witnessed an occasion where a stressful life experience preempted an illness or disease process. Every person should try to study and groom his/her self psychologically in order to best prepare against illness. A person can easily be compared to a tree in relation to this manner. The primary ingredients to wellness are that of a healthy mind, body and soul. Each segment of wellness overlaps each other and the most pivotal component is that of the mind. There are many cases where a supreme athlete has allowed him/herself to become extremely stressed and therefor to get extremely ill. No matter how healthy an individual appears, they are only as healthy as his/her psyche allows. A person must never lose sight of this fact. A tree cannot grow or flourish if its roots are damaged or diseased. No matter how healthy a person appears to be; true health has a great deal to do with the mind. A person cannot attain a high standard of wellness if he/she has not given ample consideration to his/her conscious. The many different aspects of life are like branches and the ability of them to flourish and become robust is in direct relation to the original root structure. A sound root structure allows the tree to absorb water and minerals. A person of a sound state of mind can absorb the helpful criticisms of a therapist or doctor as he/she ventures on the path towards recovery/wellness. Communication is extremely important for those that pushing forward to attain a goal. There is a great deal of encouragement to be obtained from others who have ventured through on a similar path. I am very interested to hear any responses that you may have and I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Monday, July 11, 2016

Following Your Inner Self

"You can learn to follow the inner self, the inner physician that tells you where to go. Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain." -O. Carl Simonton

Much of daily living is governed by choices. While a physician give much needed advice, a person should be encouraged to manage his/her own wellness. Stress and anxiety should be avoided at all costs. I myself take proactive measures to ensure that my anxiety/depression do not get away from me. I have found that I function far better by working out every day and making sure that I eat healthily. I have been fortunate in that I am invited to work alongside some fantastic physicians who truly understand how much the human spirit can and will delegate the recovery process. After an injury like the one I sustained the recovery process is ongoing in nature. There are certainly many things that will always present a challenge to me. The migraines and the anxiety/depression will forever be a challenge to my being. I have found that by eating a certain way and by engaging in physical activities I am able far better able to manage the symptoms that I have a tendency to present. Proactivity is a huge portion of healthcare. Doctors give treatment recommendations upon discharge. I found that as a patient you need to go above and beyond to attain the level of recovery that is desired. As I had always been an athlete, I was used to always doing more than was typically expected. Everything in this life has a purpose and I am convinced that my athletic nature allowed me to recover to the extent that I have. I would love to hear any responses and or thoughts that you may have. I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Believe in yourself and believe in those around you.

“Believe in yourself and believe in those around you. Have faith in what you have been through and have hope as far as to where you can go from here.”

There has been a recent horror that has unfolded in the United States. There was a mass execution style massacre in Florida. Innocent people were attending a nightclub in Florida and the horror that was unleashed upon them was devastating. Humans are capable of outrageous wrongs in this world. They are also capable of love and support. I try and remember to live every day as the Bible instructs and to love one another as myself. It is hard for me to even comprehend the amount of hatred that was occurring within the shooter. It is so sad to consider the amount of anger and hate that man had towards innocent people. Simply because a person lives his/her life differently from what you may deem appropriate, does not mean that they are no longer entitled to life. In this country we are all permitted to live in the pursuit of flourished life as long as we do no harm to others. It is a beautiful day today and I hate to write about a depressing topic but I feel as though it cannot be ignored. I feel for those innocent families and I cannot begin to imagine what they are going through. My dream and my wish is that all people could live in unity and accept one another for their differences. Each person is an individual and we all make choices every day. It troubles me to realize the pain and horror that man must have been living under to make him feel as though mass murder was the only option. I have prayed very hard on behalf of those families and I wish for them to find peace in knowing that their loved one is no longer living in fear as he/she lives on. I believe that heaven is a place where we can all live in unity and nobody is persecuted because of his/her individual preferences. I thank you all for reading and I wish you all peace and love.

~Noelle 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer natural forces

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” -Hippocrates

This quote while simplistic is indeed very truthful in relation to human wellness. Wellness is about how a person manages his/her life. Fresh air, sunlight and exercise are some of my favorite things in relation to the summer. I so look forward to swimming laps every morning. I suffered for quite some time with depression. The summer activities and the way I conduct my life make it so that depression does not have a stronghold on me. I greatly look forward to beginning my days in the pool in my backyard I feel very healthy because of the amount of exercise that I do. Cardiovascular wise I can’t even comprehend why a person would ever begin smoking. I am just happy that I pursued athletics in high school so that never appealed to me. As we are getting older I have seen people’s parents pass from things that were preventable. It is very sad that people would knowingly engage in such dangerous behavior. The quote by Hippocrates rings true as people are encouraged to live their lives in a healthier manner. Thankfully I feel as though I have gotten these headaches under control. My neurologist believes that they were brought on by a med that I was taking.  It was almost unbelievable since I had no such side effects in the beginning of taking this med. Like anything, your body’s reaction to things can change. Thankfully I have figured out that by no longer taking this med, I can indeed have a life back. Everything seems to be coming together in that my favorite time of year is here and my chronic migraines are greatly under control. I am incredibly thankful to my physicians who realized that perhaps the headaches were a side effect from a medicine that I was taking. I know that my cardiovascular systems as well as my organs are in excellent shape as I take care to eat carefully and always exercise. I hope that each and every one of you have an excellent start to the summer and remember that this time is about family and love.

Thank you very much for reading,

Noelle

Monday, May 9, 2016

Life is not merely to be alive

“Life is not merely to be alive, but to live well.” - Marcus Valerius Martial

A large trend in healthcare as well as society is the gravitation towards wellness. In a perfect scenario there would not be a need for hospitals, yet being realistic they are entirely necessary. Once a patient goes through treatment the goal is always to dismiss them while at the same time providing them the proper education to prevent them from returning for the same vive that originally landed them in the hospital. There is a vast difference between living and living well. Prior to my education that I attained in regards to my diet, I was simply existing and going through the motions of daily life. I lacked the energy that I have since attained by adhering to the advice of a nutritionist. I am slightly embarrassed that I neglected myself and my organs for so many years. On the journey of life there are always opportunities and time to redirect how you are living towards a healthier and more proactive lifestyle. Your organs will improve as well as your immune system. Doctors and hospitals will always be necessary yet it is a beautiful thing to only utilize them when entirely necessary. An “after care” plan is delegated to each patient as he or she prepares to leave the facility and venture back into his/her daily life. I have taken the wellness guidelines to heart and since I have been adhering to my diet guidelines I am such a happier and more productive individual. I do still suffer from headaches but much less so than I did prior. There is quite a strain of dark and wet weather that is currently present in the northeast. This uncharacteristic weather of May has had my allergies and migraines running wild. I am sure to make sure that I do not miss a day at the gym in an effort to maintain my energy and thus my wellness. There is a stark difference between living and living well. I am thrilled that I finally took the advice of professionals. I thought that I knew better because I was working out incessantly. What I didn’t realize was that my body needed nutrients in which to function at its optimum. I have an MRI scheduled for Monday so that they can assess if anything new is occurring in relation to my brain injury. I doubt that there are any changes I just think that we have been in an extremely dismal and wet weather pattern in the northeast. I would love to hear any thoughts or opinions that you may have and I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If you're going through hell




“If you’re going through hell, keep on going; face that fire walk right through it….”



I have been very frank and honest about how disruptive the migraines that I endure following my brain injury. The Botox injections have solved them nearly entirely so it is clear to see how distraught I became at the return of the horrendous migraines.

I was unsure as to why they had returned with such a vengeance. After suffering for a week I scheduled an appointment with my neurologist. I showed him where the pain was and inquired as to why the migraine pain had changed locations after so many years. Immediately he inquired about any medicine changes that I had within the previous few months. I did begin an anti anxiety med about 4 months ago. The doctor looked up the side effects and saw that TMJ was indeed a side effect that has been noted from individuals who have taken the med. My neurologist suggested that I discontinue the medicine and ask my dentist about this relatively common side effect of many medicines. I saw my dentist yesterday who confirmed that I do have some limited mobility in my jaw and he conquered with my neurologist.
I am still very uncomfortable but at least I know the root cause of the pain. I am going to pick up my retainer from my dentist on Monday. That is soon, yet so far away. I have no experienced pain of this magnitude since before I began my Botox injections. My jaw is really beginning to bother me so I am going to head home before I am too distracted by the pain.

I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any reflections that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, April 21, 2016

You are always a student

"You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward." - Conrad Hall

In my days of horseback riding this was very evident. Even though I trained less experienced riders, a person always needs to take lessons themselves to stay sharp. The world is everyone’s arena and each and every one of us has to keep striving for improvement. I feel as though I am doing quite well but these migraines are still and likely always will be a challenge for me. I have learned that aromatherapy helps me to a large extent. I learned of that from a coworker of my brother whose husband suffers with migraines. I am not a fan of painkillers. They certainly have a use and are extremely effective, but I forever will be trying to develop coping skills to help me manage this pain. I am always going to be open to new suggestions for methods that have worked for others who are migraine sufferers. I think that advice from people who have walked a portion of your path is incredibly advantageous as you are attempting to balance your life. I think that life is about the connections that you make with people. People can be supportive and excellent when they are given the opportunity to do so. People who are afflicted with similar conditions realize how daunting they can be to your everyday life. Social media has provided a very useful platform for people to compare experiences. I am very thankful to you for reading, and I welcome any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Don’t stop believing

There are many times in life when we all need some encouragement. Journey’s song is fantastic because it is an inspirational tune that you find yourself humming as you go through your day. Nobody ever said that the path of life was going to be easy; a mantra such as Journey’s refrain can encourage a person to keep pushing forward with his/her day. An individual needs to believe in his/her self. Nothing can be accomplished without the belief that you indeed can succeed. When I was first injured I was extremely depressed that I was wheelchair bound; that stress was converted to kinetic energy as I began to ask questions as to how I could improve. I think the most important aspect of my recovery was the fact that I never stopped believing that I would improve. At this point I have attained much of a recovery yet I have residual issues. I realize that my right arm will likely always be extremely limited in what I can use it for. Despite the chronic nature of my condition in my right arm I still try and strengthen it to make it as useful as possible. I can never allow myself to stop putting forth effort to improve. In life if you are not putting forth effort to move forward you are not truly living. Journey’s song is fantastic because it has a joyous melody and the vocals speak incredibly to people as they are in many different aspects of life. The weather today is rainy and it is causing a headache in me as I type this; I cannot allow myself to lose hope. I have to always believe that I will get more tolerant of these headaches. I would love to hear any responses that you may have and I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Groundhog's Day

Another Groundhog’s Day is upon us and thus another anticipatory moment of the future. Groundhog’s day comes every Feb 2 and people have come to expect its arrival as a sign that spring is on its way.  While the Groundhog has not been proven as correct in many instances; people still look forward to Groundhog’s day as a sign that spring is inevitably coming. Typically February is a month where people begin to consider how long the duration of the winter will be. While this winter has been mild for the most part we do have some snow on the ground from the last storm that we had. This being the case has had many people considering if there will be an extended duration of winter or an early spring. I typically do not place much credibility on the famed groundhog; I rather look at it as a sign of another spring inevitably coming. Every season has its own anticipatory elements and spring I am positive is no different. I am already getting excited watching as the days are beginning to get longer. The sunsets are beautiful right now as the air is still crisp and clean. There is often the smell of fires in the distance while a clear and clean sunset can be witnessed. These are the beautiful moments of this time of year.

I know that late January through March are not typically thought of as pleasant in regards to the weather, but I have been able to walk outside and enjoy the lovely scenery several times over the last few weeks. Hopefully I will continue to get opportunities to walk outside and enjoy the scenery. Regardless of how the Groundhog feels in regards to his shadow I will continue to do my best to enjoy this temperate weather. I would love to hear who else has experienced a new appreciation for nature and beauty following a traumatic event.

The Super bowl is coming and another time to get together and celebrate is about to be upon us. Celebration times are different now for me following my injury. My celebration times are about friends and family at this point. I think that in addition to getting injured I have matured a great deal since my college days (prior to getting hurt). I would love to hear from anyone who has witnessed their social lives taking on a different form as they get more advanced in years.

~Noelle

Friday, January 29, 2016

Passing on earth we mourn others rejoice to meet

“Life is eternal, and love is immortal,and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Death is a painful reality of life. People need to try and understand that we all will go through the pain of having to bury a loved one. I do not see death as a final measure for people. People live on in loved ones thoughts and I believe that they live on in the actions and thoughts of loved ones. I recently went to a wake of a former patient whose family I had grown extremely close to while he was in one of our hospitals. The love that could be felt amongst this family allowed me to realize how truly loved and admired he was. I can’t imagine the pain and difficulty that is involved with the passing of a parent. I can only hope that I will try and live in accordance with the quote by Rossiter Worthington Raymond. The family of the deceased man I am sure will be in a state of mourning for quite some time. My heart goes out to them and I can only hope that they realize what a beloved man he was. He worked hard in his own therapies as well as he encouraged as many people as he was able to interact with while in the facility. At his wake I witnessed several people who worked alongside him while he was in the hospitals. His wife and his children were exceptionally broken up and emotional. It is my understanding that they believe in life after death and it is my hope that they will be able to achieve some level of piece in knowing that he has now entered a new dimension of life. He will live on forever in the hearts of those who love him. The love and the warmth that was felt from this family must have been an indicator of how close knit they were. Family and loved ones draw strength and support from each other in these times of deep need. Every person and every family will grieve differently and everyone is entitled to their own grief process. Others who have passed will have the pleasure to meet those beloved members of our living world who have crossed over. Regardless death will always be difficult it is just my hope that I can help to be supportive of those that are going through the grieving process. I depend so much on my parents it is very difficult for me to imagine any life without them. I am just going to make sure that I am as gracious and loving to them as possible while I have them. I thank you very much for reading!

~Noelle

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Success is to be measured...

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he (or she) has overcome. - Unknown

Success is not a static and inflexible notion. A successful person is someone who has achieved things regardless of the difficulties that he or she has been forced to overcome. There is not a choice in my opinion in many cases. A person must decide that he/she is not going to be sidelined by whatever obstacle that they face. An inspiring individual to me is one who is not sidelined by any difficulties that they may face. I look to my peers and I envision many people who have had devastating brain injuries and yet they have not allowed themselves to be sidelined. I have found that by attending support groups with others who have sustained similar life circumstances to me, I can compare and learn what has helped the majority of those who are in my same situation. I look towards Bethany Hamilton again and while she has attained the status of a world champion in surfing, one does not remember her solely because of her surfing ability. Bethany is an incredible success because of what she has overcome. Bethany has become an incredible role model for amputees and others who have disabilities. I am thrilled that there is a present day superb athlete who has overcome so much to excel in an arena where her passion lies and was not taken away from a sport that she so desperately loves despite her accident which involved a tiger shark attack. Accidents come in many forms to many different people, any unplanned event which has resulted in an altered life circumstance can certainly be categorized as an accident. Everybody has a story and in the world of brain injury it is always incredibly enlightening to learn and hear about how everyone’s story and journey is different. We can all learn from each other and we all need each other for support. I enjoy sharing who serves as role models for me and hearing who serves as primary role models for others. Attaining a disability does not have to be the end of a person. Joining together with people who are willing to compare thoughts and ideas in regards to overcoming various disabilities can be helpful and a key to being better understood. I thank you so much as always for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Practice makes things easier

Practice and repetition are the only sure fire ways to ensure that things will get easier and more automatic.

I successfully flew again down to Florida myself. I certainly had a bit of anxiety regarding the flight but nowhere near the anxiety that I endured before my first solo flight last year. I now know that even though I am not a huge fan of flying myself, I am capable of doing it. Capability is a huge hurdle for anyone, especially for a person who has had his/her world and independence rocked by a brain injury. I am pleased to report that I no longer feel that I require my parents to accompany me on a flight. I am very fortunate in that my parents provide a tremendous amount of support. I am pleased that I was able to take my maiden voyage by myself last year. I am proud that my parents did not have to worry about me getting down to Florida myself. I learned that I cannot allow myself to live paralyzed by fear. There will always be things that are not going to be easy and that I will be uneasy about; but I am proud that I have been able to take two flights myself. Now I was driven to the airport by my father both times and he helped me navigate to the gate, but you have got to start somewhere. I still find the airport itself extremely stressful and I am not sure that I will ever get dropped off at the curb to navigate the security and the boarding myself but I do know that there are many people who are uncomfortable in the airport themselves. I am not one who has ever had nerves about the actual flight itself. I am uncomfortable with navigating through security. Thankfully I know that this flight was a bit easier than the last flight and the next flight will be even easier than that. I adore my parents and am very fortunate that they are willing and able to help me in as many ways as they do. I would love to know who has had experience with flying themselves following a traumatic brain injury. The entire experience of the airport is overwhelming for many people and I am very fortunate that both times that I have flown myself I have been able to be accompanied by a parent who has gotten a gate pass. There is an impending storm this weekend so I am hopeful that you all will be able to get refuge from the storm and have a warm and safe weekend.

~Noelle

Monday, January 11, 2016

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source - a Sower of Dreams - just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sarah Ban Breathnach helps to solidify the importance of self-awareness in motivation. A person must realize the effect that they can have on others. A connection that I have made in one of our hospitals sustained a secondary illness. The patient has a tight knit network of loving family. A relative made a phone call to my office and requested that I come to support the family during this trying time. Sometimes we don’t realize the affect that we can have towards others. In this New Year I am attempting to take a leap of faith and go forward with a sense of confidence as I am able to comfort those who I come into contact with. Belief is an amazing thing for people. Belief, security and confidence are three things that can help a person to be secure in what they are destined to do. I wish that I had never sustained the injury that I did; seeing as how I did I am not sure that I could be doing more of a meaningful purpose for loved ones who have witnessed a loved one go through a devastating injury. I am proud that I can assist to bridge the gap between loved ones and understanding. I am going to Florida for vacation next week and I will fly myself again. I can recall the incredible nerves that I had before I took my first flight myself last year. It all worked out and while I am still not thrilled regarding flying myself I am sure that I will be fine as I was last time. I have to continue believing that I will be okay in both my professional life and my personal life. I am doing all that I can to become as versed as possible in my knowledge of traumatic brain injuries. My hope is that I can bring inspiration and hope to every family that I visit with. Patients also who are going through a trying time I am hopeful that I can offer encouragement. I share with them some of my insecurities and share that I get nervous about things as well. By sharing any of my uncertainties I have heard that people feel comforted and that they are not alone. I thank you very much for reading and I hope that you enjoy your week! As always I welcome any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year

“Whatever you do or dream you can do — begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it”. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe helps to inspire and keep people motivated. Everyone needs encouragement to begin what they have been anticipating. A new year is a fantastic new birth of sorts for many people. The beginning of the year leads to many new resolutions. There is a fresh and clean palate for a person to reestablish what is most important to them. There are two schools of thought regarding New Year’s Resolutions; some believe that great change is possible by sticking to the promises that a person makes to themselves on that day. Many other people (myself included) believe that New Year’s is a way of further solidifying the way that you live your life.  I made a promise to myself to reestablish my workout routine. We are only a few days in but I am happy to report that I am so far sticking by my resolution and have made it of definite importance that I am trying to live a healthy and balanced life. I need to revamp the way that I am eating. I have always eaten very low calorie and low fat but I am not sure that I am eating enough. With everything the best way to obtain a plan is to ask elders who are schooled within the area that you are looking to obtain advice. I have dreamt and I believe am making it a reality to increase the healthy and nutritious parts of my diet. I am hoping that my energy will increase and that I will be better prepared to begin and round out my days. I follow many brain injury blogs and have seen that nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are paramount to help a person to live a healthy and energetic life. I am fortunate in that I am able to sleep quite well even though I have had an injury. Sleep disruption is a primary complaint of many people who have sustained a brain injury. I am interested to hear of any New Year’s resolutions that you may have made. I see new years as a refreshment of ideas that one already has within his/her self.  I hope that you all had a fantastic holiday season and I hope that you are all revamped to tackle 2016.