Angela’s March 2015 Letter

Dear Friends,

“This is as good as it gets,” “What you see is the best of me,” “Me, change? Forget it!” As we move into the season of Spring, these phrases get said more often than not. The attitude of not being willing to change is totally different than that of not being able to change. Chuck Swindoll has penned a marvelous poem about the power of attitude (See below). We view ourselves differently when our attitude is aligned properly.

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month so at F.B.I. we explored the things we can do to help improve our brain health. B.R.A.I.N. board member, Dr. Art Laos, DDS presented on how healthy gums and a healthy mouth lead to a healthier brain. There is research that indicates that periodontal disease can lead to stroke (See here). He highlighted other diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, dementia, osteoporosis, heart disease and gastro esophageal reflux. As we discussed how we view our bodies after the incident of stroke, head injury, brain tumor, encephalitis and so on, we complimented those who have adopted positive views of their life instead of being defined by their deficits. It is human nature to only focus on what is wrong and forget the wonderful things happening in our lives. We foster these negative feelings and wonder why people don’t want to associate with us. Our last meeting of the month talked about our body language and how that significantly impacts the message we sent to others. We practiced changing our body language which isn’t easy to do. Always folding your hands across your waist, or leaning on your hands to support your head, or the worst one, not making eye contact, indicates your lack of engagement with others.

So, in closing, let’s adopt Chuck Swindoll’s view on Attitude and embrace the NEW YOU this spring!


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

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” Chuck Swindoll (2009)