Sue’s Letter 1st Quarter 2016

Dear Friends of B.R.A.I.N.,

April is here and Springtime has certainly arrived.  These are undeniable facts that bring me joy.  I love the colors, smells and atmosphere that paint the Spring Season.  It is hard to imagine that this is B.R.A.I.N.’s fourth Spring that we have seen at our Cypress location.  We are truly grateful for our neighborhood and how we have been welcomed here. 

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  I guess that is really my job description here at B.R.A.I.N., to think about the present and plan for the future.  Before I was called to start this organization, I was working on my own communication business, WorkWithMe.  I helped businesses, organizations and individuals learn communication skills to enhance their productivity.  I loved working with so many different people and companies and as it turns out, many of my clients became supporters once B.R.A.I.N. started.  I recall always saying, “I don’t know your business; you are the expert.  I will help you express the ideas and thoughts that you have about your business to help it grow.”  I kept that tenet of work when I began to lead Brain Rehabilitation And Injury Network.  Many people knew more about brain injury than I did.  I read, studied, and engaged experts to glean all that I could.  I still maintain that brain injury survivors and their families are the experts in brain injury.  I hope that what we do at B.R.A.I.N. to help others exemplifies that belief.  We are honored to have the best of the best professionals providing therapy, and volunteers to facilitate classes, support groups and lead social activities.  We do all of this in the spirit of generous listening to our experts.  When I see people talking to one another and listening intently, I am encouraged that we are having an impact.  When one becomes a member of the brain injury community, it is a surprising and difficult reset of one’s life.  I hope that B.R.A.I.N. continues to provide an atmosphere of courage, compassion and connection so that each of us can listen and learn from each other. 

Every week there are opportunities to learn and improve regardless of where you are on this journey of brain injury survival.  We all have choices to make.  We can meet our challenges with courage, cultivate compassion for others, and connect our stories with the history of those who are with us…or not.  Our brains are waiting for good choices to be made.  “Give your head a shake” and think about that next step of recovery that will help your brain heal.

I told you I’ve been thinking a lot.  How about you?

God bless,

Sue Rueb