Finding The Positive Side

FINDING THE POSITIVE SIDE

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COMMUNITY STORIES | 4.17.2016 | BY MOLLY CAIN

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I had an accident in my home where I fell down the stairs leading to the basement and my room. I was found at the bottom of the stairs, with the wooden table I’d demolished as I fell down the stairs in pieces on top of me. I’d hit the corner table on the way down, and it ended up fracturing the whole right side of my face. I was in a coma and paralyzed. I woke up 17 days later from the coma, but wasn’t even aware of my surroundings until 22 days later when I woke up at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO.

After the accident, the whole right side of my face was fractured in the fall after hitting a table.

After the accident, the whole right side of my face was fractured in the fall after hitting a table.

I found that one of the important things to remember during recovery was that we are not defeated or defined by our accidents. Yes, our lives drastically change, but when we shift our attitude and see the positive side, we see that we are alive. Recovery is the start of a new journey.

Me with Milo at the dog park.

Me with Milo at the dog park.

For me, moving forward is about realizing what we want, and making a plan to attain that goal. We have to set goals, period. If I had not set goals during my recovery, I probably would not be walking now. The choice is ours to decide on the amount of work we put in, and how hard we are willing to work.

Riding at Copper Mountain, being sure to protect my brain with my helmet!

Riding at Copper Mountain, being sure to protect my brain with my helmet!

Our minds are already thinking non-stop, so when we add a TBI to the mix, the mind goes bonkers and it’s almost impossible to for it to take a break. I have found that when focusing on my breathing during yoga, my mind finally gets the break that it needs. Now that I’ve learned the proper way to breathe in yoga, it calms my nerves and allows me to feel comfortable about not thinking, letting my body just enjoy the stretch. Yoga is my go to! It not only helps me with my balance, which is an ongoing battle, it calms my nerves and relaxes my body by focusing on my breath.

When I was in the hospital, I prayed one night to god and to the universe asking for a sign. The next day “SMILE #UWokeUp” was plastered in a vivid light. I realized that this obstacle was only thrown my way because it is one I can overcome. I am bringing “SMILE #UWokeUp” to others as a race to shed light on TBI awareness, as well as to provide prevention tips and support. This experience has really shown me that we are the controllers of our minds, and our minds are what power our bodies.

I placed in a New Years Eve race, feel like I can do anything I set my mind to!

I placed in a New Years Eve race, feel like I can do anything I set my mind to!

See it. Believe it. Achieve it. SMILE #UWokeUp <3

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