Survivor Highlight: Phil Harmatiuk
As I sit here typing this article about what my life has been like since finding and going to B.R.A.I.N., I can't help but find myself reflecting upon fond memories of F.B.I. meetings and group trips involving B.R.A.I.N. and it's amazing volunteers. This makes it difficult to narrow down the positive things that I have to say about my life with B.R.A.I.N. I must say that with the amazing aura filling B.R.A.I.N., it's hard to deny that as soon as you walk in, there's a feeling of warm comfort, positivity and healing. Strengthening, if you will.
The first time I visited B.R.A.I.N., it was to attend an F.B.I. meeting. When my brother and I walked in, he could see the look on my face. It was a look of doubt. This doubt was put in my head due to numerous failed attempts to see medical “professionals” in an effort to aid my side effects and recovery from my brain injury I suffered back in August of 2010. Just a mere 2 hours later, at the end of the F.B.I. meeting, I realized that I didn’t even want to go home. I had finally found a place that understood what I had been through and am continuing to go through every day. I have also met countless new friends with similar stories to mine, that allow us to have a closer connection than I am able to have with other people I meet or know. I speak very highly of B.R.A.I.N. and have begun to encourage friends of mine in the medical field as well as other brain injured people to attend an F.B.I. meeting and understand the life of a brain injury survivor. I have had sessions with Lynn Gallandt to aid with my speech and memory, as well as with Ken Henry to aid with life planning and building strategies. I have found benefits in both my speech and memory thanks to Mrs. Gallandt, as well as having certain life events become easier due to planning strategies given to me by Mr. Henry. In summary, I would have to say that my life has been nothing but a joyous improvement since finding B.R.A.I.N.