Angela’s January 2017 Letter

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! Another year to make changes, gains, and be a better you! This sounds like a commercial, but setting goals in life helps us move forward and face reality about our lives. This is never easy after a brain injury. The idea of moving forward involves hard work in rehabilitation, support from others, and an acceptance that change takes time. However, all the therapy and exercise classes won’t change a thing unless there is inner motivation and drive from the one wanting the change. As a Speech Language Pathologist, I find that clients need to be their own coach, finding time to practice and setting priorities.  The path of recovery occurs when one has the tools and are able to use them daily and effectively. During the month of January we continued to focus on the theme of “New Life, New You.” We focused on dieting (it doesn’t work unless you are consistent with it), facing fears (Forget Everything And Run (F.E.A.R.) or Face Everything And Rise (F.E.A.R.); the choice is yours), and the benefits of helping others. We have many more excuses than reasons why you can face the facts, make the first step, and offer yourself to someone in need. We need to make a choice in our lives to either deal with the reality of a changed life or live in anger and frustration thinking of the life you were “supposed” to live. One of our survivors, Melissa Yu, did not plan to have her stroke at age 15, two heart attacks and many more medical complications. Her family did not change their way of treating her once she came home from the hospital. She completed high school, Coastline Community College, and is now completing her Associate’s Degree. Oh, and by the way, she fell in love and is engaged. Melissa is an example of moving forward, setting goals and reaching them.

In conclusion, it is never easy to accept a diagnosis of a stroke, head injury, AVM or tumor. It is our attitude that needs to be positive and our heart focused on God to know that we are never alone during the stormy times of our life.

I invite you to attend our weekly social wellness group – Friends of Brain Injury (F.B.I.). I would love to have you get involved as a volunteer at B.R.A.I.N. There is someone out there that needs to be reminded that they can make change if they just take the first step.

See you soon,

Angela Mandas, MA CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
F.B.I. Facilitator