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How I Acknowledge The Day My Life Changed Forever

I have talked about how on the anniversary of the day I should have died, the day my life changed forever, I try to do something that is fun. Something I should not be able to do mentally or physically and something that is healthy and safe to do wether that be physically or mentally.

Year 1 I attended a weekend of counseling at Weekends in Dana Point, CA with Elyse Snipes and it was amazing, such a perfect way to spend my one year anniversary.

Year 2 I spent at our family beach house with my husband, I was supposed to be at the Love Your Brain retreat in Portland Maine but Covid happened and it will be rescheduled, but who knows when. But I was able to spend the weekend with my husband and reflect a lot.

Year 3, this year Covid is still here. I am vaccinated and I feel safe to travel since I have a low chance of getting it and can keep using distance and precautions when around others who are not vaccinated.

So this year a few weeks after 5/16 in June I am going on a Tents Without Gents retreat. I will be backpacking, hiking, camping and paddle boarding down the Green River in Labyrinth Canyon, Moab, Utah. I am so excited for this. I know I can do it, I learned I could paddle board since TBI thanks to Destination Rehab in Bend.

This trip will kick my ass. But I am confident I can do it, it will completely deplete me and exhaust me. But I’m willing to have 4 days of fun, showing myself what I am capable of even though I know it will put me down for 3-4 weeks after. When I am exhausted paddle boarding, I can sit or lay down on my board.

This is how I want to spend my 3 years, I want to do something outside, something that requires me to hold my own, push myself and being aware of what that will take and being willing to accept it all. I can’t wait to go on a backpacking trip in Moab with like minded woman. This will push me, but will show me how capable I still am.

The trip I am going on:

I am so thankful for my ability to plan well still and I have plenty of time to get it all planned. I will arrive 2 days before and stay a extra day after to unwind and relax before flying home. I have learned that’s crucial for me now.

This is not how I ever pictured exploring Moab, but this is my life now and it will be great I am sure. Old me would of wanted to be riding a dirt bike or side by siding through Moab, but this is me now and I have learned to adapt and be happy with what I still have the ability to do.

Less than 2 months until I go. When I will be in Moab is the same time I was in inpatient rehab 3 years prior. So it’s pretty amazing to be able to go to Moab and stand up paddle board 3 years later from when I spent time in an inpatient rehab learning basics again after my accident.

By jessymunch826

I am a TBI Survivor and woman who has been through a lot of good and bad. My goal by this blog is to share what I have learned and how life has happened for me and not to me. I have found purpose in it all and am here to share it. I am also sober and quitting drinking was the best choice for me. I will post about TBI, Brain Injury, life, travel, lessons learned and more. I am not a doctor or a nurse, I am a traumatic brain injury survivor who has lived 40 years of life and have an amazing mindset from it all. None of this is medical advice, that is what your doctor is for or 911 if you are having an true emergency and need help right away. I am here for community and to share all I have learned, you never know who it will help. Click on the white title of the blog post to read, just saying in case you might be confused like I am with all this 🤣

4 replies on “How I Acknowledge The Day My Life Changed Forever”

Way to go! It should be so beautiful. My husband got me a paddle board just a couple of weeks ago to use when we go fishing and camping. I’m excited to try it this summer. We’ll be making trips to the Flaming Gorge, which the green river creates further north from Moab, and Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho. Enjoy your trip. Take the rest you need.

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So awesome! Paddle boarding is great and you live in a great area where you will use it! I did it after my TBI at Destination Rehab in Bend, OR. I had done it tons before injury but the rehab point was to do things with 2 physical therapists and gain confidence to do things on your own. It so helped. Can’t wait to go and I fully am aware I can push through it and do it and then will legit sleep for about a month after and be down but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.


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