Thank you kindly for stopping by.

I was an ordinary person whose life indelibly changed in a split second after being rear-ended on the freeway years ago. I still bear body pain, and probably always will.

It is the daily struggle of unseen limitations due to Traumatic Brain Injury that is the most exhausting, frustrating, debilitating and trying part of life post-injury. I fight depression, pain, weakness, and fatigue on a daily, sometimes moment-by-moment, basis.

I often joke a person sang about leaving his heart in San Francisco, well, I left my brains out on the freeway! (Not all of course, the intellect is still there, the processing is slower and memory is like early Alzheimer’s.)

As of February 2009, I have sustained three diagnosed Brain Injuries. As research shows, and I can attest from experience and fighting to get better, the injuries are cumulative.

I am slowly re-posting my blog which, at the advice of those more experienced and insightful than I, was removed for legal proceedings. All old posts will be addressed first with “Back to the Beginning’, the post title and date originally posted.

I will also be adding new posts when I can. I am dreadfully ‘rusty’ from not writing for over a year and don’t always know how to express myself (word finding struggles).

It is my conscious intention this blog benefit all who visit. May this be a place of inspiration, education, ideas, healing, and, hopefully enjoy a laugh or two together along the way.

Please join me in this difficult life-changing journey with Traumatic Brain Injures I met ‘by accident’. Each day’s challenge is accepting the new kind of ‘normal’ in The Fight of My Life.

Blessings, Love & Peace,

(The name ResilientHeart is not one I came up with because that is how I am, I named myself that because that is how I have to be.)


37 Responses to About

  1. oh my life, this is wonderful news, you being here on wordpress….double yay 🙂

    I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Was is a smooth transition to get your writing swaped over?

    Welcome to the wordpress world RH. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • I am so pleased to be here! And, I’m glad this makes it easier for us to keep in touch, share, etc.

      I’m still working on copying and pasting into WP, so it is taking me a while. LOL – doesn’t help that I’m reading my own posts as I post them (how is that for sounding hilariously redundant?!)

      It’s all fine, I think. Although I’ll be checking my work later to make sure I got things posted in the correct order. As Winnie the Pooh says, “I’m a bear of little brain.” 🙂

      Happy to be here, thanks for your influence! 🙂

      Blessings, Love & Peace,

  2. Bird says:

    I feel for you! I have some issues resulting from PTSD, and chronic pain from a motorcycle accident. Hope things get better for you…

  3. Thank you kindly, Bird, for stopping by and for your comment. I am sorry to hear about your motorcycle accident. I hope you’re getting the care and support you need. PTSD is a tough thing to deal with. That which doesn’t improve on its own we learn to adapt and deal with, but boy, can that be a process getting there and I’ll never say it’s easy!

    Wishing you all the best, today & always.

    Blessings, Love & Peace,

  4. Thank you for visiting and following my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.” … I wish you well on your journey through Traumatic Brain Injury, and offer my support by following your blog. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, Dorothy, for your kind words. I look forward to returning the kindness of support to you as well. Wishing you all the best today & always.

      Blessings, Love & Peace,

  5. Resilient Heart is SO accurate! I am glad you are writing. I have a TBI after 2 head injuries (3 if you count a minor concussion which apparently counts) You and I have a lot in common. I am looking forward to reading your story.

    you got Guts!

    XO Jen

    • Thanks so much, Jenn, you’re such a dear fellow warrior! 🙂 Yes, definitely sounds like we both have 3 TBIs (oh joy, oh bliss, LOL!) I’m still working on getting my blog re-posted, I’ve been sooooooo exhausted lately I took a 5-hour nap yesterday. Egads! You have guts too, my friend! 🙂

  6. Barbara Stahura says:

    Dear Resilient Heart, thank you so much for following my blog, Journal After Brain Injury. Bravo on your determination and for not giving up. I’m going to follow your blog, too.

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  8. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award http://www.shakespearesgal.wordpress.com … Just my way of recognizing your blogging efforts and the way you inspire me to be resilient. 😉 … Be well and get some rest … Dorothy 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, Dorothy, what a sweet soul you are!

      I’m pleased and honored to receive this award, I’m even more thrilled to know it has sparked your own resilient heart. 🙂 That makes me giddy with joy!! 🙂

      Best to you – today & always.

      Blessings, Love & Peace,

  9. “It is the daily struggle of unseen limitations due to Traumatic Brain Injury that is the most exhausting, frustrating, debilitating and trying part of life post-injury. I fight depression, pain, weakness, and fatigue on a daily, sometimes moment-by-moment, basis.”

    What do you know? Someone who didn’t have a stroke, who knows the symptoms and what they are like! I am glad to have found you.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    • So grateful to have found your blog, Scott!

      It is a difficult joy to find others who have walked this path, who understand, empathize and encourage. I’m looking forward to learning more about your journey. May we be a light for those beginning theirs.

      Thanks so much for being here, best to you today & always. 🙂

  10. Stay strong, keep fighting, don’t stop.

  11. THANKS for visiting my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a couple of “likes.” I was saddened to hear about your injuries. My health problems have been cummulative (so I just accept the fact that about every year now some new system will break down), but your life changed for the worse in an instant. I just read in a book last week a prayer we can pray when we don’t know WHAT a person needs or is struggling with: “Lord, flood the person I am thinking about with your need-filling mercies.”

    I have just prayed that prayer for you.

    –John R.: http://TheDailyGraff.com

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love puns, so your blog is a joy!

      Ah yes, the joys of aging and failing systems, this stuff certainly isn’t for sissies! Sometimes I think life is just about doing the best we can with what we’re dealt. You’re bringing light and joy to the lives of others just by being in it. Thank you for that, your kind words and your prayer.

      Blessings, Love & Peace,

  12. summerteifi says:

    Thinking of you and sending love. I’m sorry you have been through all that you have and have been left with this to deal with. But you write so beautifully, and I don’t see any ‘rust’ in your writings so you don’t need to worry about that! : )
    Look after yourself and know that you are doing brilliantly. Big love X

  13. You must be on my mind. I’ve nominated you again, but this time for the Versatile Blogger award. Keep on keeping on. ;- ) … Check out http://www.shakespearesgal.wordpress.com for all the details. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  14. You’re awesome 🙂

  15. Lori Lara says:

    Hello, Resilient Heart…I’m so glad you stopped by my blog and chose to follow my journey. I am humbled by your experiences, and I’m inspired by your fight. I pray for continued strength and depth for you as you move forward. I look forward to following you, too. Behind you all the way, new friend… 🙂

  16. Hi Resilient Heart … You have been on my mind a bit. I hope you’re doing okay. I wanted to let you know that I am celebrating your loyalty as a reader of my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom” by nominating you with the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Whether you accept it or not I wanted you to know that your support as a reader of my blog is very much appreciated. Please click on the link for more information … http://shakespearesgal.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/another-ribbon-for-the-wall/ … And take care of yourself. If you can, hug your ponies today. 😉 … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

    • Oh Dorothy, I am deeply touched, thank you so much. I feel I should be thanking you for being such an inspiration! It is such a joy following you enriching life. Your phrase of ‘nurture what you love’ is with me all the time! Yes, I will hug the ponies, I love doing that! 🙂 Much happiness and joy to you. 🙂

      • You are most welcome. … Nurture what you love is important to me. I was loved as a child but, sadly, not really nurtured. It’s something I’ve been learning to do for myself during the past several years, but I’ve had to learn to love myself first. It is a difficult journey sometimes. It is not good enough to say we love and then not act on it responsibly.I may write more about this in a blog post, but I wanted you to know why this phrase is an important part of my lexicon. I’m glad it speaks to you. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

      • It does speak to me, I find it interesting how on some days it speaks far more deeply than others. Fascinating! I’ve recently learned about the work of reparenting ourselves in order to grow and heal. How awesome is that?! So glad to know healing is available for all our wounds and hurts.
        Hugs dear one! 🙂

      • Super-sized cyber hugs! 🙂

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