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Life is what you make it!

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:32 pm
by Kath
As an adult obpi there is only life after injury. I truly believe life is what you make of it.
You can have a piety party or stand up and say "I am more than my arm." As children we don't know how to cope with some of the teasing and taunting. As adults we know where the scars are but we also know that those who abused us were really the inferior ones.

We can do almost anything we put our minds to and lead normal, healthy lives. We must mourn our losses and then move forward to live our lives to the fullest.

We have to make choices and we should choose to live our lives to the best of our ability. We should always attempt to do things even if they seem impossible with our limitations. Better to try and fail... then never try and live with regrets.

I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I worked full time jobs all my life and was always active in my children's schools, our church and our community. I speak freely about my arm and am comfortable not only explaining how it happened but how to prevent it.

This injury never controlled my life or defined me. I am a person with an injury not and injury with a person attached.

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:57 pm
by Carolyn J
I say "Ditto" to all of what Kath shared above except for being a grandmother...I'm not. Kath always says it better than I can because she came out of her momma talking... ;)
Love you Kath *Heart*.


Life is what you make it! *Heart*

Carolyn J
LOBPI/74+++

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:11 am
by ArmStrong
"No complaints or moaning"?! wheres the fun in that!? I had become so good at it! :lol: Just wanted to say THANKS to EVERYONE who has ever shared their story and experience on here.It's been 3 years since my tbpi and had it not been for this forum and the courageous people on here,I would probably be crazier than I naturally am. :shock: Even though I have yet to meet another person with this injury ,I know I'm not alone."Life after" has been....well.... difficult but not impossible,challenging,eye opening,motivating,uncertain......Life goes on and I must go on as well!.. I didn't know how to live like this after 38 years with no real injuries,I didn't want to live like this,didn't think I could.Once I decided to start living again and not just exist,life has been getting better,I have been getting better.I have learned to love myself all over again,I have someone in my life who excepts and loves me just the way I am (I can't believe it!) and everyday is not a bad one.It's easy to get depressed and give up but there's soo much life to live and people to meet and places to see.I'm stronger than I thought and the only limitations are the ones we set for ourselves.Life after?...well I'm not done with it yet but I have a feeling that it will continue to be full of suprises!!! :o

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:58 am
by Carolyn J
I am soooo happy you've "GOT IT", ArmSttrong. :D
Keep on Keepin' On!

Carolyn J
LOBPI/74++... 8-)

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:52 pm
by Master DIVER TOM
You Guys make me smile,
Courage al-ways comes with pain ,But we have the guts to move on ;) :D
Mr Positive, now you know why these post ;) :shock: :D
Just,
Tom

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:29 pm
by Christopher
AWESOME ArmStrong!!! Great to hear that the mountain isn't crushing you, and your climbing it STRONG!!! Right on!!!!
ArmStrong wrote:"No complaints or moaning"?! wheres the fun in that!? I had become so good at it! :lol: Just wanted to say THANKS to EVERYONE who has ever shared their story and experience on here.It's been 3 years since my tbpi and had it not been for this forum and the courageous people on here,I would probably be crazier than I naturally am. :shock: Even though I have yet to meet another person with this injury ,I know I'm not alone."Life after" has been....well.... difficult but not impossible,challenging,eye opening,motivating,uncertain......Life goes on and I must go on as well!.. I didn't know how to live like this after 38 years with no real injuries,I didn't want to live like this,didn't think I could.Once I decided to start living again and not just exist,life has been getting better,I have been getting better.I have learned to love myself all over again,I have someone in my life who excepts and loves me just the way I am (I can't believe it!) and everyday is not a bad one.It's easy to get depressed and give up but there's soo much life to live and people to meet and places to see.I'm stronger than I thought and the only limitations are the ones we set for ourselves.Life after?...well I'm not done with it yet but I have a feeling that it will continue to be full of suprises!!! :o

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:00 am
by Master DIVER TOM
Hi Guys, :shock: ;)
What happens with these injuries , latter in life or at birth when they happen?? :roll:
You gain a will to try :roll: Your way in life.
Never giving into depression :roll: but think more about what you might try in life to adapt to ;) Problem are small when we post I think,
Arm strong your on your way :D It is a true quest to find a doctor that can help your injuries and what is harder is the pain issue We have,to deal with overtime and the amputation issue to I think???? :shock:
What is the best is trying to answer post :roll: , there is always a help by posting ;) :D
I wish I could get like a Novocain shot just to deaden the pain in some nerves?? :roll: maybe still in my life time??? I had my good arm ,deltoid torn so bad from my semi injury, it had to be detach totally and reattached Ouch :roll: :shock:
I only can offer a bag of tricks to adapt, I can only post from my experience and Hope it helps like so many post like this to ;)

Tom :D ;)

Re: Life is what you make it!

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:48 pm
by Carolyn J
BUMPING UP . Please read these AND Others on the Forum above this 1 "FOR ADULTS WITH OBPI Injuries".
alot of helpful information there.
Carolyn J
LOBPI/75+++