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“It reminded me of the difficultly people have when they try to change their behavior and well meaning family and friends (who should be their greatest support) are often the largest inhibitors to the change. Learning to live with the “new normal” seems to go against human behavior, whether it is an intentional change or one thrust on us by a set of circumstances out of our control. ”
“I read through the book you sent me and what an incredible journey you’ve gone through. I’ve known you for more than 20 years and I had no idea. You did a great job of putting this together. It shows your journey from a variety of angles and perspectives….which is quite rare. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this done before.”
“We seem to go back in time and relive so much of what our family experienced. She laughed so hard at one point when we both realized what a toll it was taking on us as I read each page.”
“We are riveted by it. If we had ever written a book on her experiences, this would have been it. It is only 75 pages long and we feel like we can barely read a few pages at a time.”
“Your personal experiences add so much to your book, I would like to see even more of them in it. I think that those reading it in a time of need would benefit from more of your experiences”
“I would have had the good sense to do without reading your book, but I can’t be sure I would have done the right thing. Thank you for opening my eyes as a friend and a nurse.”
“As an outsider reading this I find it an extremely helpful guide for me to help a loved one and myself. Acceptance for what is and empathy for one’s frustration rather than cheering on someone’s frustrating inability to do what they are trying to accomplish is an eye opener and something that I would hope”
“Your “project” is awesome and so are you. I was very moved by your ability to put your personal experiences out there to help others. It is very well written with warmth and understanding.”
“Wow. After reading your book on TBI & wiping my eyes more than once, I want to thank you for sharing your work with me. Never have I read such an easy-to-access step by step manual for dealing with a traumatic event.”
“I love the title because in my view it is only through the combination of facing the reality of the situation within the context of hope that positive rehabilitation outcomes are possible, no matter the level of complexity of the injury or illness. Without hope, no one is able to take the next step, push through the hard moments, survive the set-backs. But to get from here to there, we must know clearly what HERE is and what we would like THERE to be.”
“Your tone is caring, humble, and supportive. You realize that each person is unique and that there is no recipe for recovery; that each person’s goals are their own and that what is recovery or successful rehabilitation for one person is far from it for another.”
“You cover all the “nooks and crannies” of the challenges to individuals with TBI and their caregivers that I have observed over my 25 years of involvement in the rehabilitation process.”
“The book is fantastic! I just read it again. What you say can apply to so many situations I think – not just health-related issues, but maybe any life-altering event., but I can see it applying it trying to return to “normal” after lots of situations.”
“Wow! It has great value for TBI patients and other people in life-altering situations. I was honestly riveted to the pages wanting to read more and learn more and was truly encouraged by your words.”
“First, you are an excellent writer and express your ideas so beautifully But more importantly, your concepts and points resonate far beyond TBI and into many other aspects of life. I feel quite inspired, and I think you have written something truly amazing.”
“I started reading your book as soon as I returned to my office, did not put it down until I finished it, and I am quite moved.”
“It’s so clear that your words come from the heart, that you truly want to share your experiences in order to help others. You’re so right that the insights you have apply not just to TBI survivors, but to anyone dealing with a life-changing injury, illness or event.
“Realistic Hope. There’s a phrase I can really get behind! A lot of people say we have to stay positive in order to get better. People suggest we purge negative people from our lives so we can focus on healing, wellness, forward progress. Hmm.”
“I have certainly struggled with an appropriate response after reading your Book. It is an amazingly frank discussion of the situation you have been dealing with for many years now. I applaud your honesty and your courage. I am sure it has helped others and will continue to as you figure out the appropriate method to spread the word.”
The mission of Realistic Hope is to foster collaboration that will create programs to provide the entire ecosystem of a brain injury with the education, understanding, process and leadership to enable all to find the most fulfilling life possible.
Thank you to each and every one of you who have been willing to share your story and provided permission for me to share your story with others. This perspective would not be available without your contribution. If you have not yet shared your story please do so today.