Thriving: Life Beyond A Traumatic Brain Injury
Today’s inspiring story comes to us by WU World-Changer Bridgid Ruden from Iowa, USA.
On May 24, 2008, my life swirled backward in time, in a way that I had no control over. In the early morning, I rode on a casual bike ride with my dear friend, Angie. We were both wearing helmets. I did not realize that thick mud and water were present at the bottom of the bike trail. When I reached this area, I lost control and smashed my head onto the hard-concrete surface, cracking my skull. I began bleeding from my right ear and nose, crying and screaming in pain. My state of consciousness depleted to the extent that two emergent brain surgeries were required that day. I waxed and waned in my recovery process to the extent that I needed a third brain surgery to remove a brain abscess.
As healing progressed, I returned to this world as if I was a three-year-old child. I had to relearn how to walk, talk, read and write, all while trying to function as a wife and mother to my three children. Because of my disabilities, my career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner disappeared.
I began a slow healing process that ventured me forward to the extent that shocked health care professionals and my family.
In one year, I began publicly sharing my miraculous story. In a short time period, I successfully presented nationally and internationally, appeared on TV, radio and published in both articles and books. My new book, Discovering My Life’s Purpose: From Tragedy to Triumph has received encouraging feedback.
When I share my life’s experience, attendees are amazed, uplifted, inspired, educated and surrounded by hope, and healing. With gratitude, I am now certified as a Reiki therapist. To give to others, uplifts and blesses my spirit and nourishes the healing process. My life’s purpose didn’t leave me; it merely merged into a higher realm.
I am thriving and if I can leave you with one piece of advice it’s that miracles multiply when you believe in yourself not the assumption of others.