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Nana korobi ya oki (Fall Down 7 times, Get Up 8)

Another post from Carole -- this one she originally wrote in response to a New Year's reflection question about:

"What were you doing 10 years ago?"

Ten years ago on this date, I was homeless and  celebrated New Years Eve  at the YWCA Womens Shelter. 
A few months before, on my way to a nice new job at a fancy ladies wear store, I suffered a brain attack that changed my life in a few seconds.  I would become "disabled".

The first thing the doctor did was take away my drivers licence.  I would never drive again.   Through a series of unfortunate events, I was not diagnosed properly, and was not believed by relatives about my horrible condition.  With no money, no job, and and a brain that no longer worked right, I ended up at the womens shelter.

My mind would remain totally muddled for several years while I struggled to put my life back together - barely able to walk, suffering from short term memory loss, and unable to make sense of world moving too fast. I felt like I was trapped in the amusement park Fun House - but it was no fun, everything was distorted and mind boggling.

Today, 10 years later, I appear fairly "normal", except for a gimpy leg, loss of balance helped by a cane and walker, moments of extreme confusion when overstimulated by sights and sounds.
I am grateful to be  enjoying  my life with my disability and that I exceeded my wish to live till at least 2000.   Here it is 2010! and I am loving every single moment of my life and all my daily blessings.
(Love and peace to all)

How about you? Where were you and what were you doing 10 years ago? What have you learned in those 10 years?

Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 12:00 by Registered CommenterDr Karen in | Comments2 Comments

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Ten years ago I dropped out of French class in high school mid-term and was told the only option for me to make up the credit was teacher-assisting for the developmentally disabled program.

I was petrified and unprepared to say the least, but thank god I hated french! It ended up becoming my main focus and my part time job in high school working with people who have different developmental issues, and was the starting point of my decision to go into Social Work after high school.

If it weren't for ten years ago today, I would probably be running a movie theater with my older brother! As nice as that sounds I like working with people way more than popcorn.

March 31, 2010 | Registered CommenterJesse Stong

Approximately 10 years ago, I made a decision to join the service provider team at Possibilities.

What have I learned? Some highlights:

To best provide support to others, you have to figure yourself out first and then use that understanding to get out of their way.

Everyone has greatness within them.

Being different is good. Being different and having that difference valued -- is way better.

Some of the best lessons were the hardest ones to face.

April 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterPaula Cassin

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