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Brain Injury Radio Announcement. Come join us in listening….

Toxic Providers have you down, confused and frustrated? Join Kim and Caren as they discuss Co-Morbidity and Mixing it up with TBI and PTSD – Wednesday – January 8th, 2020

To Access 7pm PAC/10pm EST Call 424-243-9540 or Click Link Below to Hear Live Show, and Afterward to hear On Demand Program

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Dwell in Possibility

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Well, yesterday was an intense day indeed.  January 4th marked the 6th Anniversary of my Re-birthday, my second chance at life, and the opportunity given to me by circumstance to choose fighting for life or succumbing to death.

January 4, 2014 is a day that I often viewed as the worst day of my life, as it changed literally everything about my life.  It robbed me…..of me. However, I have come to view it as one of the best learning experiences I have ever encountered, at least in this lifetime.

This day is a day of reflection.  In a lot of ways, it is also a day of high anxiety and fear.  It is like the gift that keeps on giving.  I say that sarcastically and sincerely at the same time.

Sarcastically, as the injuries I sustained continue to evolve and change.  The injuries overall are still improving, some remaining the same and in a chronic state, and yet others through their metamorphosis have created other challenges that continue to erupt into existence as times goes on.

Sincerely, as I have and continue to, learn so much about myself and those around me as time goes on.  I began this journey not knowing what my future would look like or if I would have one.  I still do not know what that future looks like entirely, however, I now have a vision of which direction I would like to head in.  I have returned to schooling, training, and continue to educate myself.  I educate others as much as possible about polytrauma and brain injury and I am braver with my ability to advocate for myself and others.  I prioritize things in my life differently and feel gratitude for each breath and each heartbeat I continue to be gifted with.

I find myself continuously faced with my mortality and the mortality of those around me.  I find myself wondering how the impact of my survival on this world, in my life, in the lives of my children and my family would be remembered.  Each moment, and each action is a precious opportunity to build new bridges, experiences, and lasting memories.

Six years it has taken me to accept my new normal.  Six years it has taken me to find a way of living that makes me feel like I am indeed LIVING.  Six years of literally blood, sweat, and tears.  Six years of laughter, pain, joy, and stepping outside of my comfort zones – not only physically, but emotionally and mentally.  Six years of choosing life over death.  Six years, that on some days only feels like yesterday.  Six years, that on some days it seems like double the time has passed.

My go-to prayer/mantra is always, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”, and “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.  I  will continue to make the effort to balance that wisdom with my experiences.  I will continue to wrap my arms and heart around the experiences of others and give the best part of my daily life through authenticity to each opportunity.

While the waves of emotional turmoil level out, while the billows of frustration thunder through each attempt at moving forward, while the storms come and go, and the financial devastation doubles down….the whisper in the wind that keeps me going and guides me to to that warm sun on my face is the ever present force of HOPE and LOVE, and possibility.

Happy Anniversary and Re-Birthday to me.  May each heartbeat take me into the next realm of discovery.

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Happy New Year HOPE’sters

Here’s hoping all our fellow HOPE’sters had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year with 2020 vision of great things yet to come.

Never give up HOPE, and never be afraid to be who you are meant to be. Don’t be afraid to be who you are!

Holiday Blessings

This time of year we reflect on what we’re grateful for. We’re grateful for the privilege to continue to serve you. Thank you for continuing to entrust us, support us, and support others involved with polytrauma or brain injury, by visiting our site, sharing it with others, and submitting your stories.

On behalf of the creator of this Web Site, Caren Robinson (survivor to thriver) and all those who support her in her rehabilitation….we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and hope for a joyous and Happy New Year..

The Cost of Social Trauma vs. Personal Trauma

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I had the opportunity to co-host an online radio show LIVE.
 
We discussed “The Cost of Trauma on Recovery Now”.  We were covering the cost Social Trauma vs Individual Trauma and shared a dialogue about our views and defining of terms regarding Trauma.
 
Something we didn’t have an opportunity to cover is the generational movement of folks not wanting to have kids at all or build their own families due to the potential exposure to Trauma, violence, or the eroding of society, our humanity, and the environment as a whole and how the current Trauma’s and experiences in our societies are impacting the future of humanity.  It is imperative that as a collective consciousness we develop and implement ways to reduce, recover , and or eradicate as much Trauma as possible.
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Please take an opportunity to share the link with those you feel will benefit from this topic.  
Feel free to click on the link yourself as well and listen to the show.

 

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Never Forget

remembrance (noun) – the act of remembering a person, place, or event; an act of recalling to mind; recalling a specific memory.

This coming Wednesday is September 11, 2019.

September 11, 2001 revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage. – Geraldine Brooks

In 2001, Congress declared September 11 as the “National Day of Service and Remembrance”.