Poker face


Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those cards you hold well.
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Life is not about existing in a crappy life, but it’s what you do with the crap life’s given you.
A person can either say “Oh, poor me, look what’s happened” and basically do nothing.  They sit around, give up hope and ambition to just exist; collect unemployment and live with their mother (even while being a mother or father of grown adult children).  Ok- I don’t claim to know the pre-existing circumstances of everyone, and the Bible teaches us not to judge, but in this case I believe that its all about the present state of mind.  If you believe that you can accomplish something, most of the time you will.  When I just woke up out of my coma, I always said to my parents, ‘oh I can’t do it because I have a BRAIN INJURY…’  After hearing this half a dozen times, my Mom told me repeatedly that I couldn’t keep using that as a crutch, an excuse as to why I can’t do this or that.  It finally sunk in, that this is what happened and I can do nothing in my power to change it; I must accept this.  Then Christmas break happened, my good friend oriented me into the real world of my personal high school drama, igniting a flare inside of me that just wanted to hurry up and get better!  When this was discovered all this was real and not going away, I wanted not only to prove everyone wrong, but I wanted to exceed all expectations.  In this sense, recovery can be attributed to mind over matter.


Life’s a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.  Rejoice in the day that is currently here, and all that is in our favor.  Enjoy the moment now, for now is all that’s guaranteed.  Don’t ever just give up and accept that this is the best that is possible.  Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean you’re done with learning, we need to figure out other ways to approach the task at hand.  What can you do now?  Look at the resources available. When I returned to high school, I found it very difficult completing Algebra II, so I got a tutor.  In college, I had an hard time concentrating, so I selected to have a single room.  When there was too much going on in my room [TV, cleaning…] and I had an exam to study for, I packed up my bags and headed to the library.  The work in the nursing home was exhausting, so I worked 4 out of the 5 days a regular work week.  We can always improve our lives, and forever need a goal, or something to strive towards.  Even in the darkest situations, don’t give up- whatever you do.  As long as you can dream it, there is hope.

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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