Angela’s Letter – 11/2013

Dear friends,

I am writing this letter to you on a very special day. Today is Thanksgiving and this year my husband and I are overly prepared to host dinner for 30 of our relatives. We are like a well-oiled machine when it comes to hosting dinner at our home. We are sitting back at this time waiting for our family members to come over. As the television spews football in the living room, Michael and I reflect on our many blessings. It is the time in which all of you should be thinking of your blessings too. I remind him about sitting at Dr. Art Laos’s dental office getting my teeth cleaned when I notice a poster for a B.R.A.I.N. benefit concert. It was that moment that I felt led to call Sue Rueb. I read the small book earlier that month called The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. In this wonderful book, the author talks about spreading yourself to receive abundant blessings. Well, luckily, Sue Rueb appreciated my forward approach to blend together my young survivors group with the B.R.A.I.N. nonprofit. From there, it is all history and for that, I am so grateful.

Each week at Friends of Brain Injury (F.B.I.) we attract new families and survivors along with community members. Our theme for November was Sensory Integration. Dr. John Medina’s book, Brain Rules, covers 12 brain rules for maintaining a healthy brain. We take it one step further, integrating the information from the book and adding a brain injury spin to it. So we focused on the senses and how blessed we are to be able to see, hear, taste, smell and feel. I am not sure who has a better time at these weekly F.B.I. meetings, the group (all 100 of them) or me who watches them laugh, sing along, hug each other or taste the ingredients we put into our food. It is something I look forward to each week. I love to see everyone file in, and the volume is deafening when the conversations begin to flow. Seriously, make it your New Year’s resolution to visit us on any given Tuesday to be a part of an abundance of joy! Thank you for your support and for your weekly and monthly donations. We cannot keep the programs alive or the building open without your dedication to the mission of B.R.A.I.N.

With gratitude,

Angela Mandas, MA CCC

Speech Language Pathologist
FBI Group Facilitator

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