"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.