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The Dark Side of Brain Injury
Hosted by: Craig Sicilia
Brain Injury has created new opportunities and a new conciseness that I could have never imagined. It brought a different kind of hope and salvation. As good a person as I might have been before my brain injury I don’t think the gates of heaven would have been open to me, and even now I have things that need to be let go.
All of these major changes came with a cost, a huge cost that as well I could not imagine. To lose all that I was in such a rapid destruction of who I was. Lost my marriage, friends, job, home and myself. It shock my faith and challenged everything I once believed to be fact, or at least my fact.
And now to live a life as this new person, on what seems to be a personally lonely road, though I am incredible social I find myself very much alone at times I wish I wasn’t. I find my opinions and goals in conflict with many. But at the same time I believe I have learned to see the value in everyone. Even though I am learning not everyone can play in the sandbox or should play in it.
This show will explore some of those dark lonely times, those times for the good of this cause I would spend in solitude never allowing myself to get to close to someone. The price and the rewards, the pain and the joy. I know many have similar stories to share I invite you on to share your dark times and more importantly the tools to move beyond those dark times.
Hosted by Craig Sicilia
Join in as we ponder “Why”
Here I go through what is my 8th Christmas, or holiday season, this time of year is the setting for my life as I knew it would slowly crumble over a couple of year period. But at the same time the desperation of trying to figure out what the hell is going on. This person with emotional burst of I don’t know what. As well as an inner change of what I held important. Of the very fibers of what made me me, and as I look into the mirror I was somebody I didn’t even recognize.
Finding others like myself was a key in holding a life together, and it got easier as I discovered who I was and what I valued. Many had a hard time with this “new me “as did I. This year I learned more valuable lessons as the distance between the old and new me. As I continue to let go of parts of the old me, it has become clear that this new person is who I am, and I have to learn to live a life again as this new me, like it or not.
As you stop caring about those things you once held close to your heart, the feeling just being left void inside your deepest essence of who you are. As you wonder - What is to Come Next?
Brain Injury Support groups save lives, build communities and give meaning to a life affected by brain injury
Many who think about groups, think it may just be coffee and a donut but they are so much more than that, groups for many are the only connection to society, any connection to any other person that is not a medical profession or pharmacist dish out medicines.
Groups get people into the community if their facilitated right, doing healthy activities such as yoga, meditation and nutrition and exercise. They can help survivors and their families find a purpose that has meaning. Even after years of being stuck in hopeless mode. It saves lives, for many survivors who first discover others who have the same challenges, it can be the first glimpse of hope. Hope that life is not only about loss and pain. Hope that life can have meaning. No other services available to those living with a brain injury can inspire hope like peer support.
We are doing this episode to share with any and all who ever want to limit support groups, we need people to understand the power in Peer support groups, the power to rebuild life, and dreams..
I Remember – Hosted by Craig Sicilia
First off we want to thank all the veterans out there for their service, and our deepest gratitude for all the men and woman who have sacrificed for our freedoms. As a survivor a warrior in this epidemic so hidden that I don’t even know who I am a lot of the time. I remember all the loss of friends and family and especially myself, or at least my old self.
I am this new person who the people I used to love, don’t recognize, I still remember those times, but they have been over shadowed by the destruction of the old me and the pain as I formed this new person. In the realm of things I have learned to like this new me, this more sensitive person who truly cares for people.
And now something new has happened, a type of ptsd from all of the new friends that this new me has made in the last 9 years are dying all around me, the loss that I am feeling in my heart make it that I find myself struggling to care, struggling to go on. As I write this I am not sure I can but am trying. I never allowed myself to develop a person relationship, to fall in love, I would not allow it. Tonight we will explore how to cope with loss, share what we need to do to allow ourselves to love. Allow ourselves to live life again.
Join in let’s see if we can discover how this all works
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Prisoner of my mind – Hosted by Craig Sicilia & Cheyrl Green
Sometimes living with brain injury means living with what we think is the worse of who we are. Between the disbelieve of the people who are in our lives that we are not ok, that not all is as it appears, we look fine and like who we were but were not. And what’s worse we don’t even know who we are. That is the quest to discover who we are but with the pain and of our losses and lack of support. The journey is hard but with faith, hope and effort we can live a life more fulfilling than the one we had before our brain injury. Let’s talk about that journey
SPECIAL EDITION - THE latenight GRIPE SHOW
So you say you have a disability, yeah me too! All I can say is so what, sure it sucks and lots of things are not fair. We still must live life. It comes down to what we are going to do with our life. I have spent years bumbling around since I acquired my brain injury. I did everything out of order, I got some of the worst help you could imagine. By the time I understood what was happening my whole life was gone. Almost everyone I ever loved was gone. My life was in ashes.
But again so what. All I can do is kick my own ass for my part in this. But now I am ready to live a life that I value. One that fits what I want. Ready to open myself up for those relationships that make life worth living. Do the things that my heart tells me. It is going to be different than before because I am a different person. But you know what it is going to be better, I am going to love deeper, care more and laugh harder. Everything I have been through living with my disability is part of what makes me great.
Join in tonight gripe away maybe some tough love thoughts can help you, maybe not but at least we can share, complain our heart out and have a good laugh doing it. YOU KNOW YOU WANNA JOIN SO DO
Prison of the mind
Hosted by Craig Sicilia
We humans live a life that is part reality but imagination, what are minds tell us it is, so it is no surprise after a abi/tbi as we try to rehabilitate toward what society says is typical, when we fall short of these measurements set for us we start using these as bricks and mortar building the ultimate prison in our minds. A prison so dark and vast that we easily get lost inside these self-built walls. Trying to find a way around, over and under only to find it unescapable. Were too busy building our why’s and how comes. When we should be thinking why not. We need to change doubt into believe focusing on what we have and can do rather than what we don’t have and cannot do. When we can move beyond the prisons of our mind we can turn cannot do’s into done’s.
Our Minds our powerful processors waiting for information and what we believe becomes the software that determine how we process and perceive all this information. Our believes get challenged and disproven most build stronger walls but it is possible to escape this prison, this solitary confinement that we have sentenced ourselves to. And we may visit our prisons often but in time those visits can be less and maybe we can break the confinements of our minds. Building a truly new individual the one you’re destined to be not the one programed with boundaries set by your own mind.
Share your prison and how you broke or have periods of when you break free, the feeling the process lets us break this jail of the mind together and change our world.
Changing with the times - with Craig Sicilia
Sometimes we just have to change
Going to talk about the changes we are making to streamline how things operate and the budget of various programs and services, how we fund them through sponsorships, grants and donations. Making everything balance out, and eliminating deficits and paying off our liabilities. Brain Injury Radio is safe and funded till September 2016 at our new adjusted operations.
Talk about change I need to make in my person life and how this will effect some of the things I am involved in. How I need to manage how my time is used and eliminate gaps of time that can’t be used. How change can be hard but sometimes we need to make the changes that best fit in our personal space so that we can give all to what we are doing. Just because we like something don’t mean we should be doing it especially if it causes your family hardships. And how and the amount of money I make for what I do is causing my family hardships. So big changes in my personal life.
A While back I was offered a sample of a product Eucalovthis Balm a cream, I have to say I am surprised how this cream helped with somethings that have been aching me since my rehab in 2006. I am going to share my experience with this product as well have a representative from the company of this product to share his vision of this product - I think you might be surprised - check them out at https://www.facebook.com/eucalovthis
Along my travels I ran into a man from Canada who wants to help people through his experiences and is willing to share his vision so we will get a chance to have a personal conversation with Brent Giroux Spider from Sudbury, Ontario
Anguish - Lost Inside
Hosted by Craig Sicilia
Life is funny, we spend our whole lives building this person we think we know so well. Ourselves, then all of a sudden in a single instance it crumbles as we watch after a brain injury. Our friends and family hardly know us little alone have any desire to be around us shortly after. These experiences happen so quick in what seems to be a blink of an eye. We have no one in our lives, life seems to lose meaning. Soon we isolate and lose more of our ability to socialize in a typical world. Soon we ponder in being who we used to be and even give every ounce of energy and effort trying to be that person we remember.
Even though none of this perfect life we thought we had no longer exists, we find yourself alone, isolated inside of this vessel our body is no longer recognized by ourselves. And many may spend the rest of their lives in this state. How do we change this, how do we embrace and learn to live a life that we truly can love. One that we have not imagined yet. Join in tonight as we explore this...
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