We love our community.
It’s because of our community spirit, that we thrive and journey together to live our healthiest lives possible.
We know what problems need to be solved.
In other words, we know best.
The illustration below tells our story.
Old friends, thank you for your friendship, support, and care.
New friends, welcome! We cordially invite you to join our community. Engaging with this very website is the perfect way to start!
All friends, old and new, you are important to our community.
I think most people have probably heard a version of that quote: what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. I always thought I knew what the author of that quote meant by it, but not being a famous philosopher, maybe I don’t really get his actual meaning.
Yet, here’s what it means to me:
I don’t feel angry or bitter or sorry for myself.
When I experience a setback, I get back up and keep on fighting; the battle isn’t over until I win it.
I accept my condition as inescapable and constantly find ways to work around it or through it.
I consider myself a survivor and not a victim.
I hold my head up high, no matter what the challenge is.
I don’t wallow in self-pity and don’t accept pity from others.
I hold myself to a high standard and do everything within my current limitations to meet that standard; when I’m complimented on something I’ve done, I say this: I don’t expect anything less of myself.
I focus on my strengths and don’t dwell on my weaknesses.
I believe in myself, no matter what. I have total faith in myself.
I don’t allow my brain injury to rule my life or define who or what I am.
I show my strength in trying to do all that (and more) every day. My main superhero power is hanging in there and hanging on, no matter what.
So coming through a major stroke made me stronger, and even more so than I would have thought possible. Maybe I could call myself the Amazing TBI-Man, master of whatever life throws at me, more powerful than a severe traumatic brain injury.
I already have a costume; jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers.
But I’m not fighting this fight alone. I don’t know you, but if you’re a TBI survivor you no doubt are stronger too. Maybe we can all form a superhero team. The only membership requirement is to feel your own strength and celebrate it every day.
Let’s fight the good fight together, and let’s win it together.
|Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab and, also, welcomes reader comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more articles by Isaac here; https://www.brainenergysupportteam.org/archives/tag/isaac-peterson|
We are reaching out for your help.
We know that COVID-19 has touched all our lives in profound and unimaginable ways.
We know you’re worried, and we’re worried, too.
Our team knows from years of personal experience that navigating a brain injury or other cognitive challenges is hard on individuals, caregivers and families.
It’s without saying the pandemic adds more difficulty.
From having to cope with stay at home orders, to navigating online and new technology now more than ever, the pandemic has upended how we all live and work.
Those in our community have shared with us that while they are trying to stay positive, there’s still tension, anxiety, sadness, and loss. We want to continue to support our community and need your help.
As the pandemic hit, we were able to adapt online quickly with information, educational opportunities and more.
Most importantly, through out these difficult months, we have been providing valuable support for brain injury support group facilitators to continue their efforts to support the community and those who are hurting and need help.
We are deeply determined to reach out in love, care and support to make sure our community isn’t overlooked and forgotten.
Despite our hard work, efforts and intentions, it’s not enough financially.
The facts are clear.
We need your urgent support by September 30, 2020.
Following 4 easy and fast ways you can help us TODAY:
- Become a BEST Member.
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- Ask others you know (individuals, teams, businesses, organizations) to strongly consider their support.
What’s in it for you?
Helping a large, and often overlooked, community network with the lifelines and resources that they need, in a time of great need.
And supporting a creative organization to expand their offerings and capacity to welcome and embrace more community members, and to continue to offer free and reduced-cost activities and education.
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There’s more: you don’t have to take our word for it. Take theirs (see graphic below).
Thank you, for your time, attention, and sense of urgency. You will make a difference as you are the difference.