Yesterday my day took on a new meaning when I was at Good Sam volunteering and was able to stop in and visit a friend of mine who suffered a stroke last Sunday 4-16-17. Without my 17 year experience of living with a TBI, co-founding BIRRDsong and the vast amount of resources I have access to, I wouldn’t have been able to help my friend start on his new journey. A journey I can make easier for him by taking the ‘small stuff’ off his plate so he can focus on his rehab!
I got a call today from a friend who attends the BIRRDsong support meetings and is associated with Bic NW. It was great to be able to help her an issue she was having that needed interactions with law enforcement and keep her calm throughout our discussion. She made the call I suggested, shared the things I knew the police needed to know that it was dire situation. She called back to thank me profusely as the situation is now handled. It’s great to have Sandy’s top cop Kim Miller Yamashita as my sister-in-law. Advice she’s given me in the past has obviously stuck!!
An article I wrote was published in July in TBI Hope & Inspiration online magazine. The article is on page 21 however the entire magazine is Inspirational!I I hope and pray you feel blessed each and every moment in your life in. You never know when things may permanently change.
My wonderful day at Good Sam then lunch with my gardening partner Maria Bruce and her mom who’s visiting from Chili imploded on my ride home. My Lift driver was not only an aggressive driver, she braked at the last minute and worse then that, drove over something in the street that flew up & hit the undercarriage of the bus. It made such a loud noise it scared me to death and then came the tears. For having no memory of the crash that nearly took my life, my body certainly remembers. Thank you Shawn VanDoren for calming me down and even making me laugh :) 143!!!!!!!
It was a phenomenal day today speaking to 4th quarter students at Pacific University with Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski and his team Thank you Hannu Laukkanen, Dr. Bruce, Jolene Mooney & Donna, for the kind words about my presentation. Judging from the feedback I got from some students, we’ll have more Behavioral Optometrists graduating from Pacific!
Yesterday was an amazing day in so many ways! Spending time with friends who are all about saving lives by making good choices at a Health & Safety Fair with Oregon Impact at Clackamas Community College. Then having the opportunity of meeting a new friend who is also a brain injury survivor and pointing her in the direction of Brain-injury Information Referral and Resource Development (BIRRDsong)now known as Brain Injury Connections NW.
It feels so rewarding to reach out and help save & change lives!!!
Is was a blessing seeing Barb at the gym today. We talked quite a bit about the struggles she’s having with her husband who had brain surgery a few years back & the difficulty he’s having moving forward. I was able to give her some advice about how to care for herself which in turn will help him. Her look of relief said it all.
Simple things can make all the difference in the world!