Once again, I’ve tried to stop writing these annual reflection pieces, but, once again, I can’t. I realized that the anniversary of Nicholas’ accident is, coincidently, at the start of the year. I’m not one for resolutions, but I am one for reflection. Perhaps it’s appropriate to look at the timing of Nicholas’ accident and these annual musings as a “reset” or “intention” for the coming year. Regardless, here goes:
Recently Jon & I were invited to participate in a brain injury podcast by our friend George Thomas from Over The Top Media. Not only is George going to follow us during our journey in Ellie, but he’s highlighting a special part/reason for our journey which focuses on the concussion Jon sustained from being hit by a car in July of 2013. Brain injuries, from the mild to the traumatic, have profound impacts on peoples lives and those impacts need to be discussed & exposed because if we don’t, then the darkness that comes with these injuries becomes too much to bare. If Jon and I can shed a little bit of light, hope, reality on this profoundly complicated topic for survivors and their families, then we will continue to share our experiences and insight. Professionally and personally, brain injuries are woven in to my collective life experience. My parents have taught me how to do the best with what we have been given and I hope to do the same, even it’s as simple as helping Jon recover and cope with the effects of several concussions. Have a listen to our interview here as we push back our departure date just a few days in order for necessary upgrades to the heater & battery are made.
*Disclaimer: As a physical therapist, I have never been interviewed or recorded so this piece makes me feel a bit exposed, but I’m with that 🙂 Admittedly I’m a little “off” my PT game in some of my responses due to nerves. So, medical community, please be gentle. I will get more comfortable and detail oriented as time goes on. Thank you for understanding.
Today marks the 11 year anniversary of my brother’s fall from a tree which resulted in a severe brain injury. Yesterday I gave my notice at a job I’ve had for over six years in anticipation of converting to 24/7/365 van life starting in March. Coincidence? Probably not. Continue Reading