It’s another beautiful summer night here in Minnesota. I am grateful for the warmth of the sun, the slight breeze, the flowers in the bloom, and the ability to appreciate the small things that exist in my universe. I have written so many posts in my head lately, but when I find myself doing it, I am nowhere near a keyboard or computer, and the thoughts dissipate before they can find an outlet. I suppose that is just fine – I realized a long time ago that it is not my job to write everything down that happens in my world, although I have received a few emails checking in to make sure I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.
Actually, life has been getting away from me a bit, and I have noticed that sometimes I just do not have the time to sit down and chat with myself.
I am always happy to hear from someone out there living either in the law enforcement world, or in the brain injury world. Those seem to be the biggest areas of my universe, and I routinely bounce between them as I give presentations, write or meet with people. I especially like the meeting new people part, mainly because it means that someone that needs to chat is reaching out to me.
I am happy to meet with individuals that are living in the isolation that brain injury creates – even with all of the support that people may have, the sheer fact of adding in a brain injury to a family changes the dynamic of many different relationships and for many, this dynamic shifts creates an island of aloneness.
The isolation created by a brain injury, either the survivor or the caregiver, is like nothing that can be described. Even people that have supportive family and friends may find it difficult to feel the same after a spouse or loved one has changed due to an injury.
To those individuals I want to assure you that you are NOT alone; there are many people on these journey’s that are looking for contact, for something, to make them feel less alone. There are many groups online, on Facebook, chats or blogs that can help to bring you into a fold of support, even if it is long distance.
I look forward to the times that I can spend with families that are looking for that type of contact. I will be bringing some audio conversations to the market soon that will address some of the issues that are faced by many of us living with loved ones with a TBI. I hope that by continuing to bring our story forward to others and being honest with our journey that others will feel less isolated, and more able to live each day without feeling alone.

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