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January 6, 2010 / Mark Kerrigan

Hold On to Your Hope!


I can remember that room, with raised, padded tables at the right height so my feet could touch the floor when my knees were on the edge. Along one side of the room you could see a patient walking in between the waist-high bars with a therapist or two providing assistance and encouragement.

It was my physical therapy (PT) room, and though I didn’t know the names of most of the people in there, it was one of my favorite places to go in the weeks and months after my head injury. Usually, my area was at the corner mat, away from too many distractions. While sitting there performing the instructed tasks, I overheard someone at a nearby mat say, “God, please why me? Please, just tell me!”

He seemed hurt by what had happened to him—almost like a groom who just found out that his soon-to-be bride had dated his best man during their engagement. There was little, if any, anger—but the hurt was palpable in his voice.

Everyone—or at least most people—go through a time of great depression or despair after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI). And while we cannot understand all of God’s plan for our lives, we must hold on to the hope that we are doing what we should.

Maybe God is planning to use you (or me) to affect someone else’s life—by being a beacon of hope for someone who is going through what you have already experienced. There are so many days when I, personally, just get up and go through the motions without considering what it is that God wants me to do.

And the despair that I have felt often makes me want to just climb back into bed. However, when I consider the encouragement and love from those close to me, I realize that I must go on!

I’ve become active in several forums which deal traumatic brain injuries, and I know that many of the people who share their own stories of pain and despair sort of look to me to provide them the “fuel” to keep them going.

You never know how many people your actions will affect, and though they may not verbally thank you, they often rely on you to provide them with the encouragement and hope they seek.

Thank you all, for providing me with the fuel to keep doing what I’m doing… I’d love to hear any stories you’d like to share about someone whom you’ve encouraged or who encouraged you!

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