|Posted on August 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM|
As I look back over these past five years, it's hard to believe how far I have come. True, none of this journey has been easy but I have learned and gained a great deal. For instance: my vocabulary has improved immensly. I have learned much in the way of medical terminology. I now know the difference between a Neuroseurgeon, a Neuropshycologist and a Neurologist. I've also learned the differences between occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists. I'm also now aware of the differences bewtween closed and open head injuries.
I have met a wide variety of people I never would have met before: doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, aides etc. I have gotten to know and have become friends with many wonderful people. Including those from my church, community, across the nation and even around the world, including special friends from "down under." I have learned what true friendship really means. I have learned the overwhelming majority of human beings have hearts of gold. But on the other hand, I have also seen the darker side. There is a minority who are opinionated and mean-spirited.
I've learned my limitatons and my strengths: mentally, physically and emotionlly. Above all, I've learned that life can be challenging in every way but there is nothing without faith in God and love and support from family and friends. In many ways I have overcome the unthinkable and I plan to continue achieving my goals in life through hard work, a positive attitude and perserverance.
Even though most perceive me as always being positive, which I am most of the time, this journey has not been a walk in the park. It DOES bother me when I feel like people are staring and almost seem to be judging my physical and cognitive limitations. It DOES bother me that I spent four additional years in the high school setting, while all my friends went onto college. When will it be my turn? It DOES bother me that I need to depend on others for transportation because "they" say it's unsafe for me to drive. I just want to know when will it be safe?
Recently, I met with a new doctor who seems to be very aggresive in his approach. He has many new ideas to try out. Hopefully these ideas will help continue my healing for years to come.
Thank you for all of your past and continued support and prayers. Here's to the next five years!