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Transform a devastating injury into an amazing victory with these 5 tips

Transform a devastating injury into an amazing victory with these 5 tips


When life throws us a curveball, bouncing back is a lot easier said than done. Especially after experiencing a devastating injury, getting back on track may seem like an uphill task. However, as esteemed author Henry Cloud puts it, take everything one grain at a time. A severe injury is certainly something people don’t expect, but when the unfortunate happens, you'll be able to transform a devastating injury into an amazing victory by taking small steps to assist you in your journey to recovery.

Transform a devastating injury into a victory with these simple steps // PumpUp Blog

1. Make a decision

Devastating injuries that rob you of your ability to function can be very distressing. You'll be naturally inclined to feel sad. The thought of getting better may seem too arduous a task to accomplish.

Emerging victorious from any injury first requires a decision from you. Once you decide that you would like to change an upsetting situation into one that you triumph over, it alters the way you see things. What may be a terrible situation to others now becomes an opportunity for you to showcase your inner strength.

As with many instances in life, it’s always an issue of mind over matter. While this ‘matter’ is a serious one, the moment you decide to turn things around in your favour will set you on a course of positivity and success.

2. Surround yourself with positivity

The truth is, while most injuries may be physical, the state of your emotions and mental health will greatly affect your recovery. As you focus on getting better, it is vital that you remain positive. Research has shown that surrounding yourself with positivity immensely helps with the recovery process. Positive people, pieces of writing, music, or even items can evoke optimistic thoughts.

Look around. What are some things that encourage you?

3. Go back to nature

During the recovery process, the stress of progress and external pressure may feel like a deeply entrenched anchor that’s holding you back.

However, nature has a way of working things out. Be it the sense of freedom you feel when grass tickles your feet, or the serenity that washes over you as you listen to gentle waves, elements of nature seem to take us to a place of peace.

Some hospitals have moved into creating garden spaces where patients can find tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of life. Research has also proven that even photos of nature aid in lowering anxiety, thus assisting in recovery.

Whether it’s  a potted plant or a mini aquarium, anything with a touch of nature can give your recovery a slight steer towards victory.

4. Practice mindfulness

Going back to the root of it all, the state of your mind determines the outcome of your situation. In this fast-paced world, it’s so easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of responsibilities and expectations. As a result, you may find yourself increasingly dissatisfied with things – your injury, the negligible speed of your recovery and lost opportunities.

However, when the unfortunate happens, the age old (albeit cliché) saying of “When life throws you lemons, make lemonade” speaks insurmountable truth. Positivity and mindfulness – or being in control of your thoughts– requires practice.

Introspection may be the pivotal act that changes your gloomy outlook into one that shines hope. Be it through reading, writing, music, or meditation, consider what helps you calm your mind.

5. Be an inspiration

One way to turn a bad situation into a positive one is to help others.  It naturally puts you on a path of thinking that guides you towards successful recovery in both the mind and the body. Helping others to see that they can emerge victorious can, in turn, help you as well.

At the end of the day, your biggest hurdle is yourself. The strength of one’s thoughts is frequently overlooked and underestimated. However, once you acknowledge that you can do just about anything, no matter how tough it is, a natural push sets in.

Be the inspiration, because you are an inspiration!

About the Author

Marco Bendinelli is an attorney and the founding shareholder at Bendinelli Law Firm. He is devoted to representing individuals who suffered injury or death caused by the negligence or wrongful conducts of others. He also finds time to motivate and inspire through his writings.

My life after a traumatic brain injury

My life after a traumatic brain injury


March is Brain Injury Awareness month. I’d like to wave the green ribbon (the brain injury awareness symbol) high because I am a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. Although, walking, eating and smiling are elementary to most people, it wasn’t for me. Today I look, sound and move like everyone else, but I fought hard to look and lead a normal life. When I was ten, I ended up in a coma from a vehicle accident. I was sleeping in the backseat of a car when I woke a week later in the hospital with no memory of who I was, my past or what happened. I was paralyzed from head to toe on the right side of my body. I just suffered a left side TBI. From that day on, I started my life over. I learned everything from how to sit, to how to walk, to how to hold a pen again. I still remember it took me exactly a month to be able to draw a big circle on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. I felt like a kid learning how to tie her shoelaces for the first time. I had a temporary feeding tube until doctors thought it was safe for me to eat soft foods. I fell in love with hospital apple sauce and chicken noodle soup. However, as my body learned to function, half of my face remained paralyzed. Only the left side of my mouth moved when I talked or smiled. My right eye only shut halfway when I slept. Nurses used ointment to fill the gap. Doctors had no solution for this.


After leaving the hospital for outpatient care, my parents searched the country to find the right doctors to treat me. It took more than one doctor and they were in multiple states. Instead of camping and sleepovers, I spent most of my childhood missing school travelling from state to state to see my doctors. However, I don’t regret one moment of it, not even the accident. It has made become a stronger person and the woman I am today.

Believe it or not, it is this nearly fatal accident that brought me into the world of fitness. Going to the gym was not an option for me. Six months after the accident, I practiced my walking skills on the treadmill. I started at a 2.0 speed where I could barely keep up, but six months later I was running at a 5.5 speed with ease. As trainers at the gym taught me correct form for the weight machines, my curiosity and passion for fitness began. It fascinated me how just the smallest twitch can completely change how the machine works for the body from bad to good or vice versa. Pretty soon I was training my friends and family with my guest passes. Today I am a yoga instructor. I successfully completed several 30 day fitness challenges. I’m proud to say I’m a P90X, Asylum, Chalean Extreme and Rushfit grad. I’m an official food junkie and I’m told my smile lights up my face. I’m here to prove that miracles really do happen through God if you work for it. I proved the impossible possible. Never give up on your dreams if anyone tells you it’s not possible. Only you can stop you.

my life after a traumatic brain injury

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