Sue’s November 2014 Letter

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

My heart is full of gratitude for so many different blessings, but certainly at the top of the list is each person who makes up our B.R.A.I.N. family. Last night when I was at FBI, I was struck with such appreciation for each person who comes out on Tuesdays to encourage and be encouraged. Each person has a purpose and a mission to fulfill as we all help each other’s journey to be easier. Survivors, family members, volunteers and all interested members of FBI weave together a beautiful tapestry. My memory goes back to months ago when Steve and his family came after his accident. He was unable to do little except be pushed in his wheel chair. To see him now smile, begin to verbalize his thoughts, and even high five his friends overwhelms me. The serendipity of having Marvin come to FBI and surprisingly see his grandson with his mom was such a joy! Preston knew his grandpa went to a brain injury meeting somewhere, but didn’t know that B.R.A.I.N., the place that promised hope for him, was the exact place his grandpa also enjoyed. Such fun!

As the days turn into months and the months turn into years, we can all safely say how we appreciate one another. Through difficult times and wonderful events, I want to say that I give thanks to my family for supporting me in my vision of helping the brain injury community. Jerry is my strongest friend and helper in allowing me to put so much time into this work. His support is unwavering. Jana works tirelessly to give feet to my ideas around the office with grace and clarity. I couldn’t be more proud of her. Jon, a business owner in Ventura is a constant sounding board for my stories about the day. His interest and investment in B.R.A.I.N. is an encouragement. Last, but never least is Kristin who has been the catalyst for beginning this journey. Her life is stunningly important and a reminder of why I do what I do.

And, I must thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for giving me my family because I believe He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. He is the one who gives me each breath and I will thank Him until I have no more.

I hope you felt God’s blessing this Thanksgiving and may you search for something to stir your grateful heart.

With love,

Sue Rueb

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