What brings fulfillment is gratefulness, the simple response of our heart to this life in all its fullness.
David Steindl-Rast
Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

I am grateful for so very much.  Grateful for my life, I thank God every day that He has allowed me to remain on this earth ever since my car accident.  At the dinner table tonight with my family on thanksgiving 2014, as I was saying the blessing, I thanked God for all those around us and for sparing my life.   God knew that there was more for me to accomplish, more and that I was capable and could accomplish.  He just had to work on me a little bit.

It didn’t take much to get through to me, only a life altering near death car accident leading to a traumatic brain injury.  I was very fortunate, very fortunate in the fact that I was I was not affected very much cognitively.  I managed to graduate high school and go on to college.  In college, I studied a passion that God lit in my heart by having me in the rehab hospital, therapeutic recreation.  I want to offer others in an inpatient, not so happy situation a chance for a little bit of joy, or at least to get their minds off of dealing with how is life currently for the residents/clients.

This thanksgiving, as all thanksgivings for the past 17 years (I woke up from my coma right before thanksgiving, where my family came to the hospital) I thank God for my life.  For giving me a wonderful loving family, especially a great husband and the cutest dog.  There is just so much to be thankful for on this day, as there is most days.  One must concentrate on all that you do have and be content, and not focusing on what you don’t.  My husband reminds me that life is not about getting what you want, but wanting what we’ve got.


About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and working part-time at a library
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