Thursday, July 22, 2010

Awaken: A Message of Hope - The Lee Staniland's story

One June afternoon, 30 years ago (1978) in Somis, California I had decided to ride my horse. Now I only had a bareback blanket and a hackamore for a bridal. And truthfully, I was not the best rider.
I also was riding her in my pasture which was scattered with walnut trees.
She ended up taking me under a tree and I smashed my fore-head on a branch and then the back of my head on the ground.
My husband found me there, after how long, I have no idea.
After being in a coma for 6 weeks, I awoke. But my first memory was probably a few weeks later in another hospital, to the sound of voices in a hallway, having no idea were I was. I would remember little bits and pieces of my stay at that hospital. It was probably 3 months.
I had been paralyzed on the whole right side of my body.
I had to relearn to talk, walk, and everything else on how to take care of myself, and that is nothing compared to having to relearn how to think.
This has been an amazing journey and I have met some of the most wonderful people. I can look at it this way because I was blessed to get most of my faculties back which a lot of our folks don’t.
There are a lot of people that helped me along the way but I have to say the 1 that helped me the most was my ex-husband. That might sound strange, but he made me do everything myself and that is what made me what I am today. If it wasn’t for that, I might still be sitting in a chair waiting for someone to do it for me. That was the best medicine I could have asked for.
The BIC wasn’t around in those days, but about 10 years later, a man named Dave Stork wanted to get a group started so his daughter could have other brain injured people to socialize with and just look what it has grown into. What was once the BISGvc is now BIC!
So I have made it my lifes work to be there and to guide fellow BI’s to a better life.
I just want you all to remember to be careful and aware of things around you because brain injury can happen to anyone at anytime.
Thank you.
Lee, a BI Survivor TRAGEDY
'Brain Injury Lasts a Lifetime' ' you can curl up in a ball or you can learn what you are suppose to'

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