Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't Limit Yourself

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe remember you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash

Many times when individuals are going through hard times they very often doubt themselves. Mary Kay Ash tells individuals to believe in themselves and encourages them to never doubt what they believe and what they want. In my own rehabilitation I distinctly recall how difficult it was to stay motivated day in and day out. Living in a rehab facility is very trying emotionally for patients. Especially after a brain injury, it is easy to believe that the new surroundings are now your life. Mary Kay Ash would encourage individuals to truly believe that they are capable of limitless potential. Sometimes people can be surprised by what they are capable of. Mary Kay Ash does not believe in putting limits on what you are capable of. She believes that the mind is capable of extraordinary things. Mary Kay Ash would say that people are capable of whatever their minds can think up. I remember when I was in rehab always keeping a firm hold of my desires. I wanted to get to the point where I could walk into the rehab unassisted and be able to speak to others on behalf of the fantastic rehabilitation that I attained. Thankfully I have now gotten to a point where I can walk into the rehab facility and tell patients and families of the possibility of a recovery as long as the work is put in. What I try and convey to every patient and family that I interact with is that it is not going to be easy but that a great recovery is possible. The possibilities are there for a phenomenal recovery. Every patient interaction is different but it does seem that pretty unanimously the patients are all encouraged to hear from a survivor who has walked in their shoes. I am thankful for this. I greatly enjoy hearing the reports from the different therapists who very often report positive patient reactions in regards to my visits. On the flip side, I love to hear the accomplishments that patients have made from week to week. The patients in the nursing homes love to have someone to talk to regarding their days. I am thankful to fill this role and I love hearing the reports from their weekly therapy sessions. At the hospitals my role can be quite different. Depending on the level of arousal and coherence delegates how (or if) I can interact with a patient. I love speaking to families. Very often families wonder what the future will look like for their loved one I try and embody a message of hope for many patients and/or residents. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, March 6, 2017

It's Not About the Hand You're Dealt

“It’s not about the cards you are dealt, rather how you play the hand.” Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch’s quote fits in perfectly with anyone who has had a brain injury or any sort of an unfortunate life event. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and the only option is how you manage and deal with the factors (cards that you are dealt). We as individuals do not have control over how situations occur. We can only try to be as well rounded and as understanding with ourselves as possible. The truth is that nobody should judge one another until you have walked in those shoes. Even then I try not to judge others because one never knows how the situation would be different if the shoe were on the other foot. Life has shown itself to be funny like that. We don’t have control over what happens to us; only how we interpret and move forward with the situation at hand. We all have to make every day a challenge. We should forever try and make ourselves better as we go through each day. Every day is another chance for us to wake enthusiastically to make ourselves better than we were before. When we think of things in this way we find ourselves waking with more of a purpose and drive. We all need to have something to work towards. A sound mind and happiness should be the goals of most people. I believe that we can all take steps every day to work towards this. I find that working towards something bigger than oneself allows the focus from getting too daunting. Every day we should awaken with a spring in our step to try and leave a positive imprint on the world. We can make our sphere of influence much larger than if it was contained to just ourselves. I try and encourage every person that I come into contact with to want more. I hope that I have encouraged many of the patients/residents that I interact with to desire a deeper level of satisfaction. It can be achieved if you make a conscious decision to always try and look at things more positively. We cannot control the hand that we have been dealt but we can always work towards trying to arrange it in a more positive manner. Forever each one of us should continue working towards that. Look at Bethany Hamilton for instance; she was dealt an absolutely terrible hand. She chose to not focus on the negatives of her accident. I am sure that there are days when she has her moments but that does not override the overwhelming positivity that she feels. I saw her speak and she is forever grateful that she is a role model to people who have attained disabilities everywhere. Her positivity despite the hand that she has been dealt is fantastic and admirable. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle