It has taken me four years to finally accept what has happened to me, and accept life happened and I got hurt doing what I loved. I realize now that I can take something that was negative and turn it into something positive. I didn't have control over what happened to me but I did have the power to think positively. In life we all have the choice on how we view things. It can be easy to start feeling sorry for ourselves and be negative about things when stuff in our lives aren't going the way we want to. Life isnt always perfect and sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
One thing I want to share with children at a young age is the importance of the fragility of their brain, and how to properly nourish and protect it. I also want them to know whether they are battling a traumatic brain injury or concussion or even suffering from any other debilitating illness that they have the power to choose to be hopeful and positive and sometimes things take time. Some time rest can be important for the brain or body to heal, and maybe one thing they can take from my book “Heads Up” is the importance of accepting things.
After my accident I felt very confused and alone. People would look at me and think I was fine as you cannot see a traumatic brain injury. It is not like a broken arm, or broken leg, so it's hard for people to comprehend the daily struggles of suffering from TBI or a concussion. Anyone can have love and compassion, all of that is great, but until you are experiencing and suffering from an illness, whatever it may be, you really don't know what a person is experiencing. I had friends and family to talk to, I even saw therapists. However, it didn't matter what I was told, or how much I was loved, all I wanted was someone to talk to who understood what I was going through and experiencing. My long term goal is to spread awareness and try to be there for others. If they need someone to talk to, I would love to start a support group or link people together from wherever they may reside. I also want to do a book tour, meet with hospitals, local schools, libraries and spread love and awareness on the importance of loving our bodies, brains and protecting it at an early age, which is crucial in an individual's development, mentally and physically. It is so important for kids to be aware of how easy it is to receive a concussion and how destructive they can be to your brain. The brain is fragile, wearing a helmet is crucial and not returning to activity until all symptoms reside. “Heads Up!”