On Monday, I found out that I needed to have brain surgery done; I haven’t been feeling quite right for some time, so I finally decided to go to my neurosurgeon to get everything checked out. I have known my surgeon for practically my entire life, so I wasn’t nervous when discussing what he needed to do; I didn’t expect him to tell me that the issues have been like they were for so long. As we talked more about the procedure, though, which will be a shunt revision, I did start to get a little apprehensive. Thoughts ran through my head about all of the what if’s of having the surgery, and I began to panic.  

My stomach tightened up, my palms got sweaty, and I began to think about all of the possible things that could go wrong. All of this ordinary, but none of it necessary. When I left his office, I began to breathe again, and as I walked, I started to think a little clearer about what the doctor needs to do. I called my parents and girlfriend and explained what needed to be done, and even more, my fear began to disappear. I began to believe that even though this is a not-so-good day, something good will happen for me by moving forward with this surgery. 

As the week progressed, I continued to believe that something good will happen, and despite feeling not my best throughout this week, I am hopeful that getting this surgery will make me feel better. 

I promise myself to believe that even though life will throw me not-so-good days life, there will always be good days to follow, and I will embrace them. 

Make yourself a promise today to believe that a good day is always around the corner waiting for you, so even when you have a not-so-good day, you will have the hope to continue to move forward.

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The Biggest Decision Of Your Life

There are big decisions, and there are little decisions that I must make today, but the more I think about it, the biggest decision I need to make today is to be happy. As time goes by and life moves forward, my happiness is the only thing that matters today. 

I could look back and continue to dwell on my past and focus on all of the things that I did wrong; I could continue to regret the people I hurt and the things that I did not do, but I only have today, and today I am choosing to be happy. 

My life has never been perfect, and I have never been perfect either, but I know no such thing as perfection in life, only flaws in this messy, beautiful life. I choose to embrace these beautiful flaws in myself and my life and be happy because I only have today; what happened yesterday is gone, and what might happen tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. 

New doors are opening for me, and I will enter them with open arms, choosing to be happy, hopeful, and grateful from this moment forward. 

Each new day is a chance for you to start fresh and embrace what’s new and good for you. Allow yourself today to let go of your past and put aside your regrets. You have this brand new day to thrive and move forward, and most of all, to be happy for all that it is. 

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Move Forward On Monday

Giving up used to come very easy for me; I would start something, make a mistake, or fail at it, and I would give up. After my failed Temporal lobectomy in 2013 and realizing that I would be living with Epilepsy for the rest of my life, I chose not to give up any longer. I wanted to make every effort to live my best, and to do my best, and to embrace each new moment as if it were a fresh start; this is why I love Mondays so much. 

Mondays are a fresh new start to a brand new week; they allow us to put aside what happened yesterday and open ourselves to what will be today. You can prepare yourself for a new challenge, and if you are still dealing with a current challenge, Monday’s are an opportunity to face that current challenge with a fresh new perspective. 

Every Monday, whether I feel good or bad, I focus on feeling good regardless, and I ready myself for the new week ahead. I don’t dwell on my past, and I don’t fight what I may currently be going through; I embrace my mess and move forward. 

Have a great week, continue to embrace your beautiful mess, and never give up! 

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Peace is found in the present

I have been feeling quite anxious over the past few weeks due to a few things out of my control. Work has been a bit stressful, and dealing with a few health hurdles on top of it has made my thought process get quite cluttered.

I was thinking too far ahead when I really should have been thinking of the here and now, and I wasn’t allowing myself to feel the peace of the present moment; today, that changes.

I am choosing today to think in this moment, for this is the only moment that matters. Overthinking about the future doesn’t bring me any peace, and I am choosing to be at ease at this moment. As the great  philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said,

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” -Marcus Aurelius

Be at peace with your thoughts today; tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you feel anxious, allow yourself room to breathe and bring yourself back to what is in front of you. Keep on keeping on everyone.

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I am feeling good today, yesterday was not so good, but today is better. I will continue to stay encouraged through this beautiful mess and not get discouraged. 

I took a break from much of anything yesterday, mostly because I couldn’t think through the pain that I was experiencing. I had a kidney stone working its way through me, and I was too tired and also in pain to do anything.

I choose to feel encouraged

But I am not complaining. Today is a new day, and while although yesterday I couldn’t do much, I am not going to get discouraged. I am going to continue to move forward and appreciate how far I’ve come. I feel a bit better today, not perfect, but better, and I will continue to embrace my challenges and choose to allow them to make me into a stronger person.

As you move forward through today and the rest of this week, don’t get discouraged by a setback. Stay encouraged, and continue to move forward. If you feel that you can’t do something, step back for a minute, and allow yourself a moment to breathe and realize that life is never perfect, and nothing in life is ever permanent either.  

Continue to stay grateful, and if you encounter a setback through this week, remember that a setback is a set up for a comeback, and when you feel yourself falling back, pick yourself up and fall forward. Keep on keeping on.

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An Attitude Of Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for so much. I am grateful for my life and all of its ups and downs, eventhough, at times, there may seem like there are more downs than ups. I am grateful.

I am thankful for my strength to get through this crazy time we are all living through right now; it has not been easy, and I have had my moments, but I am stronger because of those breakdowns, and I am grateful.

I am thankful for my support system; I appreciate every person in my life who has helped me get through these tough times and so many others.

I am thankful for my family; we may have our disagreements, but I still love every one of them through thick and through thin. After all that has happened, I realize that this is no time to hold a grudge and hold on to the past. It is time to let it go and move forward. I am thankful, grateful, and blessed to have each one of you by my side.

I am thankful for my health and my broken brain. It may not be the best, and my brain may not be either, but I am grateful. Things could always be worse.

I will continue to keep on and embrace this beautiful mess and be thankful for it all.

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It feels good to feel good

It Feels Good to be Alive today. Although I may have aches and pains and may feel sick at times, it feels good to be alive today. I may complain about how things are in my life, and my work situation might not be so ideal at the moment, but it feels good to be alive today.

My advice for everyone today is to enjoy this life and make it feel good; however, that may be for you. You only get one chance, so choose it well, and if some days seem like Hell, don’t despair; a day is just a day; it’s not your entire life; tomorrow is around the corner. Continue to move forward with a smile.

I realize that my past is gone, and right now is the only moment I have to think about, and right now, my life feels good. I acknowledge that my life is not perfect; it is, in fact, nowhere near it. It has bumps, and it has roadblocks, and I get angry and upset and frustrated, but my life feels good.

My life will continue to have ups and continue to have downs, and it will never be perfect, so I will promise myself today to embrace it anyway.

Feeling good just feels good

Each waking moment is a new chance to choose how to live my life, and I will choose to live it with hope. I will choose to feel good, even though sometimes life may not feel so good, but today is different today, and today life feels good.

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Love the life you live

A poem about embracing your mess

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

You’re alive today, isn’t it grand? You’re ALIVE today, give yourself a big hand. There were so many people who weren’t given a chance, to wake up with a smile on their face and say I have one more chance.

You’re ALIVE today, so allow yourself to smile, to feel the air in your lungs, to walk that extra mile.

Feel the wind on your face, listen to the birds chirping too, smell the sweet air around you touch the people you love; hold them near, use all your senses and be happy you are here.

You were given this chance, don’t take it for granted, embrace the beautiful mess that is yours, and be grateful for it all, there are so many people who didn’t wake up to fall. Falling is a part of life, we can’t get away without stumbling once or twice, but think of what a privilege it is to do so, isn’t it nice?

Choose to dance even if you can’t, feel the rhythm of life move you, and embrace the energy running right through you. There are so many out there that can’t walk and are wishing they could, so feel the rhythm, and be happy that you can move at all even if it’s tough for you.

Allow yourself to let go, and be who you are. Be silly, be stupid, be weird, and laugh at the mess that you’re, there are so many who weren’t given that chance today, consider yourself blessed, even if at times you may feel stressed.

Life can seem tough at times, but when you’re grateful you will see, that life is a privilege not given to everyone, and how beautiful it can be.

I’m not “abnormal,” and neither are you.


This is a post for all of those who are living with some form of Traumatic Brain injury, including, but not limited to Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, and PTSD. This is a post also for those who love someone, care for someone, and know someone who has TBI.

For all those out there who feel left out, abnormal, anxious, depressed, paranoid, and lost, know that things will be okay. Know that you will survive, and know that there is still hope. Know that if there may not be an effective treatment right now, or any treatment at all depending on what you are going through, that it’s okay to feel less than normal, and that feeling less than normal doesn’t make you abnormal at all. Know that things will be tough at times, but with each new day comes a unique chance to move forward. To love yourself a little more, to embrace your mess with an open heart, and an open mind, even when both are struggling to stay open at all.

Life will be messy at times, you’re going to have your good times and bad, your upsides and downsides, and your highs and your lows, none of this means that it is the end for you. Embrace your mess, because your mess is beautiful, embrace your inner chaos, and your outward perception of what your life may appear, and love it. No pain lasts forever. Find your joy, and permit yourself to feel it. Be grateful for your brain, and the misery its caused you, and know that that brain as crazy as it might be is yours, and your mind is unique, and it’s one of a kind, and even though it may seem to be abnormal to others around you, it is normal for you.

I have been living with Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, and Epilepsy for thirty-eight years, and for the past six( when I started to allow myself to see how beautiful my broken brain is after three brain surgeries were unsuccessful.) I began to appreciate my brain more and more, and love it for what it’s given me, all the pain, sorrow and misery. I see happiness joy and feel gratitude now, and I am at peace with my reality. I am normal, even if I don’t appear to be. I am normal because I am me.


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