Angela's January 2019 Letter

Dear Friends,

This New Year has brought us many new faces at Friends of Brain Injury on Tuesday nights. It is exciting to meet new survivors and their families. It is encouraging for all of us to see the progress our survivors have made in the time between the holidays and now. The January themes have focused on improving our selves by getting enough sunlight every day, eating the right food, making the right choices, focusing on what we can do and enjoying the benefits of music. Our survivors who live with the disability either visible or invisible cannot see what we see. It comes down to perspective.

Anne Frank, a mature 16-year-old, a victim of the Holocaust penned “Everyone has inside of them a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is”.

We can remind ourselves that we have potential, we can accomplish things big and small. We are not being sent to a concentration camp. I find such encouragement from Miss Frank’s quotes. She was in hiding from the Nazi’s however she focused on positive things and used her gift of writing to keep her spirits high.

Personally, I feel better when I don’t focus on the negative and try giving my ALL when I can. I learn firsthand how strong my husband Michael is as he was diagnosed in July and has been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. He has great strength and faith in God. He has taught me to live truly one day at a time and not to be afraid of tomorrow. We try to live one day at a time but sometimes we are inpatient with the process of not planning for a weekend or a getaway vacation. Life is different and that is when we realize that our potential is capable to accept change.

Change can be mental, spiritual and physical. Charles Swindoll, quipped “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” If we are to think of change as positive even when you are headed to the unemployment line, when you are able to spend more time in the morning reading scripture and when you find time to exercise; you might understand that we cannot change yesterday and that we need to bring forth our very best and make baby steps towards tomorrow.

I hope this makes sense and that you can set your mind on the important things today and not wait for tomorrow or next week. We need to live now, spending time with the ones you love and developing new interests to keep your brain sharpened.

Stop by on Tuesday nights for Friends of Brain Injury between 5-7 p.m. Your attitude will change and your heart will be uplifted. Stop by just one time. I think you might just return.


Angela Mandas, MA CCC

F.B.I. Facilitator