I recently took a vacation down to Florida to visit with some of my extended family. I celebrated my thirty third birthday down there and I successfully took two plane rides by myself. One moment where my balance came into major play was when I attempted to navigate a narrow plank when I was attempting to get on the boat. My balance is so much improved but this was an occurrence when I had to speak up for myself that I needed assistance. When I was going through security I had to disclose that I have a disability and I am unable to raise both of my hands above my head without them moving. Once I disclosed my disability I was able to be screened by the airport officials using another method. I am able to take a flight myself. I am so glad that I was able to prove to myself that this is a viable way for me to travel. I was able to achieve many things only through practice. We have control over ourselves to handle how we respond.
I attempt many things fearlessly yet I still have nerves about walking on a narrow suspended board. Once I spoke up I was able to have assistance as I attempted to navigate onto the boat. I was able to conquer my fear of flying myself, yet I still needed assistance to get onto the boat. There are some things that I may always need help with. I enjoyed my vacation in Florida yet I need to face that there are certain things that I will always need help with. On my vacation I was able to get away from the cold weather and escape into warm weather; who I am and the challenges that I have followed me.
I can never stop fighting. I have ingrained it into my persona to never give up. I was able to go to a different salon to get my nails done. It may sound insignificant to many but to me it was a challenge to attend a salon with different service providers who are not familiar with my disability. The more often that I go to different professionals the more prepared that I am to make a change and be accommodating to others. My vacation was a success. I am thankful that I take at least one trip a year to escape the cold in the winter.
Day by day I am achieving and I am taking part in life. I hope that others who are dealing with a brain injury know that they are not alone. There are others like us out there and while there are many who do not disclose that they have battled through a brain injury; there are those of us who understand. Throughout my recovery I wanted to be sure that I would help people who have endured what I have. I am hopeful that I am and I truly hope to improve the communication amongst the population of brain injury survivors. While there are many of us who are unable to communicate there are many of us along with our families that can. I will include a picture of me boating in Florida and I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have. Thank you so much for reading.