You can live through many days thinking that you haven’t done anything to touch someone. Then you have a day like I did today.

Starting a new job and learning the ropes in a new company can be hard for anyone.  What I am finding challenging is starting from scratch. This without knowing any of the systems or people that I will now be working with.  The good thing is that I know how to be a speech therapist. I also know how to be a manager, and some days, I just fall back to those roles.  I look forward to the days when I feel confident in the basics. Just like knowing where the bathroom is, so that I can get back to working with staff and families again.

Today for me was no different – I was lucky enough to have some tasks to complete, plus a few meetings to attend.  During lunch I took a few minutes to check my email. That is when I had my moment of joy.

In my email group today was a note from a young woman in Savage.  Every now and then I get an email from someone that has watched the blog. They know the beginning of the story, often times hoping to find out how Frank is doing.  As you may recall, testing results are pending. We are waiting for his department to make the decision as to whether or not he can return to work.  It has been a long wait – 35 months – and we are all done with the waiting.  We hope that there will be a result soon. Knowing Frank, he prays that he can just go back to the job that he has loved so much.

Today’s email was one that I will not soon forget. It said so much about what someone can do for another person without even knowing that you have done anything.

This young woman lives in the town where Frank is a police officer.  She is a snowboarder, and this past winter, she was injured in a fall while snowboarding.  Doing the right thing, she tells me that she was wearing a helmet. Yet injuries can still occur,  even when wearing you seatbelt driving a car, as we well know.

This young woman’s insight into our world had new meaning after she got hurt. Although our paths are not exactly the same, brain injury has some common themes that often bring individuals together, regardless of the severity of the injury.  I am delighted that my ramblings over the last (almost) three years have helped others, because it is often difficult to find the meaning in the pain of life altering situations.  While I know that we are still in a storm of uncertainty, bright lights like this young lady’s email allow us to take a breath of fresh air, and realize that hope still lives in many people out there.

Thank you Katie for your kind words – you gave us both a gift today that has more value than almost anything we could receive these days.

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